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I loved this book and it was definitely worth reading. I love the note at the end. Just. Love. It.
You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.
"Remember what you said about Andy Evans being big trouble?" I say.
"Why did you say that?"
Ivy rinses the soap from the shirt. "He has such a reputation. He's after only one thing and if you believe the rumors forget it no matter what."
He handed me a box of tissues.
"You've been through a lot, haven't you?"
The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up.
Me: "Let me tell you about it."
IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding
i see IT , IT looks at me ,IT smiles at me , i can get IT out of my head (sorry im sorry forgot how it goes )
We lived in a different house then, a smaller house. Mom worked at the jewelry counter and was home after school. Dad had a nicer boss and talked all the time about buying a boat. I believed in Santa Claus.
"I try to draw a branch coming out of a tree trunk for the 315Th time. It looks so flat, a cheap, cruddy drawing. I have no idea how to make it come alive."
There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs.
"The football team would have protested, but the sad truth is that they've lost every game this season. They are happy not to be called the Tigers. Other teams called them Pussycats. Not manly... Who are we?"
"I wash my face in the sink until there is nothing left of it, no eyes, no nose, no mouth। A slick nothing."
" ...like a good girl. I am getting better at smiling when people expect it."
"The back wall has built-in shelves filled with dusty textbooks and a few bottles of bleach. A stained armchair and an old fashioned desk peek from behind a collection of mops and brooms. A cracked mirror tilts over a sink littered with dead roaches crocheted together with cobwebs...This closet is abandoned-it has no purpose, no name. It is the perfect place for me."
First ten lies they tell you in High School :
1. We are here to help you ;
2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell ;
3. The dress code will be enforced ;
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds ;
5. Our football team will win the championships this year ;
6. We expect more of you here ;
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen ;
8. Your schedule was created with your needs in mind ;
9. Your locker combination is private ;
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.