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293 pages, Hardcover
First published June 2, 2015
“This is still an ugly world.”
"From the shapes cast by the green paper lantern, you would never know that there were two boys sitting closely to one another trying to find themselves. You would only see shadows hugging, indiscriminate."
“He rubs his face and his eyes squint; a tear escapes. “You didn’t have to take my side, Stretch.” I kind of, sort of, definitely always will.
"Sometimes your story is worth reading about because your life sucks," I say. "And I don't think your life sucks."
"Memories : some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own."
(Later I learn that there's even an abandoned musical in his closet about a robot that time-travels back to the Mesozoic era to study dinosaurs while singing about surviving without technology.)
"I don't want you too either. Just remember that I love the hell out of you, okay?"