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290 pages, Hardcover
First published June 1, 2009
This book is for you if… you want to learn what it can mean to figure out how to reconcile your most important friendship with a promise you gave to your dead lover. Although flawed, this novel still has tiny perfections that make it a lovely book that should be especially promising to younger readers.
‘Anna, when you meet the ocean, you feel it more than you see it. If you’re lucky, that wonderment never fades, and you feel it again every timey ou get back here. You’ll feel it someday.’
⇢ secrets eat you up from the inside
⇢ grief makes living guilt-free nearly impossible
⇢ best friend wants to cure virginity with 20 boys within 23 days
⇢ 3 weeks in zansibar at the beach
⇢ boys are still cute
⇢ collecting glass shards with ocean as background music
“When someone you love dies, people ask you how you're doing, but they don't really want to know. They seek affirmation that you're okay, that you appreciate their concern, that life goes on and so can they. Secretly they wonder when the statute of limitations on asking expires (its three months, by the way. Written or unwritten, that's about all the time it takes for people to forget the one thing that you never will.”
“I just swallow hard.
Nod and smile.
One foot in front of the other.
I'm fine, thanks for not asking.”