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288 pages, Kindle Edition
First published March 31, 2020
“Then I remembered Hen, reaching out to me through the darkness and silence. I admired him. He had burst onto the scene during our freshperson year—we’d gone to the same middle school, but before coming out he’d been nobody. Maybe it wasn’t politically correct to say, but being gay was pretty cool—it was a specialness, a separateness, that couldn’t be challenged.
Carrie was the same. Though for her it’d been harder. When she told people she was bisexual, they’d thought she only wanted attention, but ever since getting with Gabriela, the Holy Redeemer girl, she’d slowly formed her own unique reputation.
Sometimes I wondered if maybe I was a little bit gay. The idea of being with a guy didn’t make me sick, like it seemed to make some guys. Sometimes I thought it’d be fun. Different. Easier.
Yet at the same time the idea of coming out felt shameful. It’d be so needy. So dishonest. I’d mentioned once to Pothan that I liked Hen’s social role—his position at the intersection of every group—and Pothan had been like, ‘You drama queen, you’d just love being gay, wouldn’t you?’ And I’d flushed very red. Pothan had this way of seeing directly into my lightless core.
“Maybe it’s a stereotype, but some people are just really gay. They have soft wavy hair, they buy clothes that fit really well, and they move with natural grace.”
↣ listened to the audiobook on scribd ↢
His smile flickered between proud, embarrassed, and smug. "I bet you love the attention," he said.
That made me laugh. "That is such a microagression. It's definitely at least a medium-aggression."
"Come off it, bro," he said. "I know you. I know my little Nandy-poo. He's always working the angles. He knows his shit."
Now I smiled. "You motherfucker. Okay, okay. I don't know, maybe . . . "
"You love it."
"Well," I said. "Part of me does. But the other part--"
"No, you love it. You totally love it."
With that, my smile faded. Pothan didn't want to talk about anything real.
the mc of this book: i'm such a terrible, manipulative person :( !!!
me: you're absolutely right ❤️