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“Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Now I understand. When you love someone, you have to try things even if they don't make sense to anyone else.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Life is amazing, isn't it? You can't ever tell what will happen. Nobody knows until they go ahead and play the game.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Some people's brilliance is in their head. A surgeon's brilliance is in her hands. But there are people who have brilliant hearts. They shine right through them.”
Gennifer Choldenko, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
“People are responsible for themselves. All you can do is try to inspire each person to be his best self.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Homework
“You have to wait for good things to happen—wait and wait and work so hard—but bad things occur out of the blue, like fire alarms triggered in the dead of night, blaring randomly, a shock of sound, a chatter of current from which there is no turning back.
There's only the day that starts like any other, and when it ends, it leaves you shaken, wobbly, unsure of where you stand, the patch of ground that holds your feet dissolving, disintegrating from under you. Often there's a sign, a harbinger of what's to come. Sometimes there are many signs, like black crows scattered in the road, but they blend into the scenery on the path ahead. You can only spot them when you look back.”
Gennifer Choldenko, No Passengers Beyond This Point
“Pete were here, he’d whistle.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“I haven’t seen you for three whole months,” I say. “Two months, twenty-two days, twenty-two days,” Natalie calls out.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Errand Boy”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“What they say about females being the weaker sex is the biggest lie in the world.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“I’m big as a linebacker, and a seven-year-old girl treats me like her errand boy. Does she smell weakness on me?”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Oh, we have everyone who is bad. Except Bonnie and Clyde on account of their being dead,” she says.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“My face turns red just seeing her. She’s a looker. If Pete were here, he’d whistle.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Tall for Her Age”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“It doesn’t matter that I weigh more than both of them put together. I know when I’m beat. I let Natalie open the door.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Sure. I’ve been to hundreds of morgues. Thousands of them, in fact.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“She ignores me. Clearly there’s no stopping her until she’s read every last word.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“What is this guy . . . nuts?”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“What else can she do?” she asks. “She’s not a trick monkey.” “She’d never make it as a trick monkey. She only has one trick,” Piper says. “487 times 6,421 is 3,127,027,” Nat says.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“When’s your birthday, Piper?” I ask. “November sixteenth.” “1922?” “Yep.” “Natalie, what day of the week was Piper born?” “Thursday,” Nat says without looking up. “That right?” I ask Piper. Piper doesn’t answer, but her eyes open wider.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Now my face is flushed too. And then out of nowhere, I’m leaning toward Annie. I’m not thinking. I’m too tired and worn out to think. I’m inches away from her now. She smells like baby powder and mint. She freezes. Her face is stiff, her eyes too large. And then the tiny Annie smile flashes across her lips and I know she wants to kiss me too. Her lips feel springy, her breath smells like spearmint, her hair is as soft as puppy fur. Who knew kissing Annie Bomini would feel so nice? We sit there for a minute, my arm warm against hers. The sun is down now, but it isn’t night yet. One time is gone and the other has not yet begun. We get up and start walking back to 64. “Forget we did that,” I say. “I’ve already forgotten,” she says. But I’m still holding her hand and I won’t let go.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Homework
“He’s the one ought to have his head examined.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“We are all born with the ability to make our own choices. But once you make the wrong choice, other people make your decisions for you. 18.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“This is the right thing to do, I tell myself. But I don’t believe it. This is another one of my mother’s crazy ideas. I feel sick to my stomach. I want to pull my hand away, but I don’t. I keep walking. Good Moose. Obedient Moose. I always do what I’m supposed to do.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“I feel like marching into my parents’ room and shaking my mom. How could you send her to that place without her blanket?”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Change is hard. It’s hard for you, it’s hard for me, it’s murder on your sister.” His voice breaks.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“The convicts wash my shirts, as in murderer convicts and kidnapper convicts, and then I’m supposed to wear them?”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“They darn socks too?” “Yes, as a matter of fact. Do a better job than your mom too. Though don’t you dare tell her I said that.” “Murderers outsew my mother?” “Apparently so.” My dad laughs.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
“Sometimes it seems easier to be Natalie. People force her to do stuff. I have to force myself.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts

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