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289 pages, Hardcover
First published August 4, 2015
On the day Bridge was discharged from the hospital, one of the nurses said something that changed the way she thought about herself. The nurse said, "Thirteen broken bones and a punctured lung. You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived." ...
Bridge couldn't answer the nurse, because by that time her jaw had been wired shut. Otherwise, she might have asked, "What is the reason?" Instead, the question stayed in her head, where it circled.
"I think that when you don't know, you should just wait until you do."An incredible and important novel about growing pains, bumping up against the boundaries between friendship and love (which may, in fact, be nonexistant), learning to like yourself when the world says you shouldn't, and knowing when to call it quits with people who make you more sad than happy. If you're contemplating reading this book, I think that says it all.
“Love is when you like someone so much that you can’t just call it “like,” so you have to call it “love.”
“Are you saying you’re happy that it happened?”
Em picked her head up. “Are you insane? I’m just saying that I still like the picture. And it was supposed to be just for Patrick, you know? That’s one thing. But the bad part wasn’t that everyone was looking at the picture. I mean, it was weird and not great. But the bad part was that it felt like they were making fun of my feeling good about the picture. Of me liking myself. Does that even make sense?”
“You’re going to think I’m weird.”
“I already think you’re weird.”
“Everyone feels different on the inside. It doesn’t mean you have a secret mission.”
“Life isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you make yourself, all the time.”