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336 pages, Hardcover
First published January 14, 2020
"The girl sitting in front of me turned around...we weren't exactly friends, but we were friendly at least.
"Want to be in a group?" she asked.
I shrugged like I wasn't supremely grateful to her for initiating, like I wasn't just sitting there hoping someone would. "Sure."
“I don’t really care what I do, to be honest. I just want to make a lot of money.”
… “For real? You? Cutthroat businessman fueled by capitalism?”
He shook his head. “Not for myself. Not for, like, cars and watches and stuff…I just want to be able to take care of them. My grandma and grandpa. Life how they’ve taken care of me. I just want them to not have to worry about anything, ever. Life, something comes up, it’s handled. Done. I got it.”
”Oh, bummer,” she said in that sort of sibling way that’s part aggrieved for you, part relieved that they’re not the one who did the thing.
… “Sorry,” I said weakly. “There was…kind of an accident.”
“Nina didn’t mean to break it,” Sidney said helpfully, really cementing that she had nothing to do with it.”
buddy read with the iconic melanie (y'all already know who she is)
“So when I said that I'd always be your friend, I meant that . . . I always want to be there for you, no matter what. No matter which way. And if you don't feel the same way, that's okay. I understand. I'll just . . . keep on loving you. All those other ways.”
“That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less significant.”