High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship - nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.
The light filtered throught the leaves and pine needles above as if through lace, the ground spotted in shadow.
Girls think theyâ€™re only allowed to wear dresses on formal occasions, but I like a woman who says, you know, Iâ€™m going over to see a boy who is having a nervous breakdown, a boy whose connection to the sense of sight itself is tenuous, and gosh dang it, I am going to wear a dress for him.
I felt tired for the first time, and I thought of us lying down on some grassy patch of SeaWorld together, me on my back and she on her side with her arm draped against me, her head on my shoulder, facing me. Not doing anything--just lying there together beneath the sky, the night here so well lit t
I bet if you look at the average teenager and the average adult, the average teenager has read more books in the last year than the average adult. Now of course the adult would be all like, 'I'm busy, I got a job, I got stuff to do.' WHATEVER! READ! I mean, you're watching CSI: Miami. Why would you
Please stop," I said. "You're upsetting the black Santas.
When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all
You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.
Ultimately what I like about reading together is that we all make it happen together. Of course even amid shared experience weâ€™re still aloneâ€¦ each reading of each book is unique. But what a comfort it is to share readings and experiences. How lucky we are when we get to be alone together.
Of course, sweetie," his mom said. "We'll be here all day. You just come down whenever you want and we love you and you're so so special, Colin, and you can't possibly let this girl make you think otherwise because you are the most magnificent, brilliant boy-" And right then, the most special, magni
Every paper girl needs at least one string.
I don't know why boys expect us to like boy movies. We don't expect them to like girl movies.
You and me will read a book and find three interesting things that we remember. But Colin finds everything intriguing. He reads a book about presidents and he remembers more of it because everything he reads clicks in his head as fugging interesting.
You are fairly smart," I said after a while. "You are fairly good at compliments," he answered.
If you don't say the honest thing, it never becomes true.
What matters to you defines your mattering.
I wasn't disappointed. My expectations had been met.
The downside is that if the recovery doesn't go quickly, despite what the president does to mobilize resources, people will view his involvement cynically, ... In other words, `He's just doing this for show.'
Tuesdayâ€”we had school for the first time. Madame Oâ€™Malley had a moment of silence at the beginning of French class, a class that was always punctuated with long moments of silence, and then asked us how we were feeling. â€œAwful,â€ a girl said. â€œEn franÃ§ais,â€ Madame Oâ€™Malley replied. â€œEn
And, since they are theater people, they are all talking. All of them. Simultaneously. They do not need to be heard; they only need to be speaking.
The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint. - Van Houten
It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.
He loved the scratching of pencil against paper when he was focused: it meant something was happening.
I am a giant squid of anger.
You're not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.
Beware of that monster called 'self-loathing'.
Leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can't do that until your life has grown roots.
It was not an eventful day. I should have done extraordinary things. I should have sucked the marrow out of life. But on that day, I slept eighteen hours out of a possible twenty-four.
You will not kill my girlfriend today, International Terrorists of Ambiguous Nationality!
Long week. Long month. Long life.