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260 pages, ebook
First published September 26, 2016
"I can try not sleeping with other people . . . but I don't know if I can promise it forever. I don't know what will happen in the future . . . I reserve the right to find other people desirable. And to, like, renegotiate shit down the line."
"That’s what romanticizing something is, kiddo. Having the notion that it’ll be a certain, perfect way based on something fictional. Something idealized.”
“It’s in the moment that you give up that you realize you could have kept going. It’s also the moment it’s too late.”
“Look, I’m sorry that what I want isn’t the same as what you want. Wouldn’t it be so convenient if we all agreed about everything and wanted the same things?”
“Don’t! Don’t make it sound ridiculous that it hurts my fucking feelings to sit here on this couch with you after a month of basically living together and sleeping together and hanging out together and say that I like you and wish it could continue.”
“Well then stop acting like I’m deliberately harming you by telling the truth when you ask for it. I’m not a monster! I’m not a terrible person or a mean person because I don’t want what you want. And I’m not a sad person or a cold person just because I don’t feel everything that you do!”
“I can try not sleeping with other people,” he went on, “but I don’t know if I can promise it forever."
"... and then everything's different anyway, you know?"
Will was silent for a beat and then he nodded. "Yeah, totally."
"Yeah?" I let out a breath of pure relief.
"No! I have no fucking clue what you're talking about! Key terms I heard: sunrise yoga, which I really want to refer to a cocktail; flavor of love, which I think was a reality show on VH1; entropy, which I know is a band; and changed forever, which is what I hope this topic is about to be."
"...Because I wanted you. I didn't know how exactly, but I just...I wanted you, Leo. I always wanted you."(There was a lot more to this conversation but that's all I'm sharing.)