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310 pages, Hardcover
First published May 4, 2010
Clever as the devil and twice as prettyCassel comes from a long line of curse workers and criminals. He's the only one from his family without powers but he does his best to keep up with the family business - whether it be running an illegal betting ring in his high school or scamming tourists with trinkets.
I can't trust the people I care about not to hurt me. And I'm not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either.Oh, and he killed best friend Lila (daughter of a mob boss) three years ago. He doesn't know how, or why, or what could've triggered him to do that. He only remembers that he can't remember.
We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be. That's why habits are so hard to break. If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth. If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.The only issue I had with this book was that the world was more fleshed out than the characters. I craved more details on the curse workers and all their power rather than the (somewhat) plodding plot.
"I hate that I love this. I hate that the adrenaline pumping through the roots of my body is filling me with giddy glee. I'm not a good person."
"Being a con artist means thinking that you're smarter than everyone else and that you've thought of everything. That you can get away with anything. That you can con anyone.
I wish I could say that I don't think about the con when I deal with people, but the difference between me and my mother is that I don't con myself."
"I'm not good at having friends. I mean, I can make myself useful to people. I can fit in. I get invited to parties and I can sit at any table I want in the cafeteria.
But actually trusting someone when they have nothing to gain from me just doesn't make sense.
All friendships are negotiations of power.”
"Marks think they can get something for nothing.
Marks think they can get what they don't deserve and could never deserve.
Marks are stupid and pathetic and sad.
Marks forget that whenever something's too good to be true, that's because it's a con."
“The thing is that it’s really hard to stop discrimination when something’s illegal,” the girl says. “I mean, everybody thinks of workers as being criminals. Like, people use the word ‘worker’ to mean
criminals. And, well, if we work a work, even once, we are criminals. So most of us are, because we had to figure it out somehow and that was usually by making something happen.”
“And there are lots of workers who never do anything bad. They go to weddings and hospitals and give people good luck. Or there’s people who work at shelters and they give people hope and make them feel confident and positive. And that word—‘cursing.’ Like all we can do is bad magic. I mean, why would you even want to do the bad stuff? The blowback’s awful. Like, if all a luck worker ever does is make people have good luck, then all he has is good luck too. It doesn’t have to be bad.”
“Magic,” the girl says. “It’s just all magic.”
buddy read (kinda) with Maica!
“He's the kind of liar who totally forgets what he told you the last time, but he believes every single lie with such conviction that sometimes he can convince you of it.”
“I can't trust the people I care about not to hurt me. And I'm not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either.”
"En gran medida, somos quienes recordamos ser. Por eso cuesta tanto abandonar un hábito. Si sabes que eres un mentiroso, no decir la verdad es lo más normal del mundo. Pero si te consideras sincero, haces un esfuerzo"
"Las mentiras más fáciles de contar son las que deseas que sean ciertas"
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