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“Silence does not mean yes. No can be thought and felt but never said. It can be screamed silently on the inside. It can be in the wordless stone of a clenched fist, fingernails digging into palm. Her lips sealed. Her eyes closed. His body just taking, never asking, never taught to question silence”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“The things is,” Rosina says, “people don’t want to hear something that’ll make their lives more difficult, even if it’s the truth. People hate having to change the way they see things. So instead of admitting the world is ugly, they shit on the messenger for telling them about it.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“But just because she's not helpless doesn't mean she doesn't need help.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“One small kindness in a sea of cruelty, one word of truth among lies, these are the seeds that can change the world.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“But Erin has empathy, lots of it, so much it hurts sometimes, so much that other people's pain turns into her own pain and makes her completely incapable of doing anything useful for anyone. That's why it's easier to avoid it than to engage. It's easier to try to ignore it than try to comfort whoever's hurting, because usually that backfires and makes things worse.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Because unlike boys, girls turn inward. They hide. They adapt, even if it hurts. Because they are not screaming, people assume they do not suffer.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Never in the history of the world has telling someone to calm down actually helped them calm down,” Erin says.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“There is nothing lonelier than fear.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“She feels too much. She is a raw nerve and the world is always trying to touch her.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Yes, the world is broken. Yes, our leaders are often corrupt and it is difficult to trust them. Yes, we struggle to make ends meet while a few of the world’s richest men hoard enough wealth to house and feed all the starving people of the world. Bullies still seem to run things. The earth is getting sicker and sicker. This world is a hard, hard place to live. Yes to all these things.” She pauses just long enough for everyone to breathe. “But I want you to ask yourselves, is this broken world of ours worth saving?”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Our bodies are not toys for you to play with. They are not pieces in a game for you to manipulate and trick. We are not notches on your bedposts.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“What Erin wants to do with pain is fix it, make it go away, and sometimes that's not what other people want.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Our church tells us to save ourselves until marriage,” Trista says. “But you know what’s weird? It’s really just the girls who are considered damaged if they have sex, not the guys.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“There wasn’t any proof,” he says, his voice rising defensively. “That’s what everyone said. They said that girl was lying.” “That girl has a name.” Grace tries to kill him with her eyes. When nothing happens, she turns around and storms away. “Wait, Grace,” he says. She stops walking but keeps her back to him. “You don’t understand. You weren’t here. Everything was crazy after Lucy said all that stuff. Everyone at school, the whole town was, like, falling apart.” “Yeah?” she says. “The town was falling apart?” She turns her head and looks him in the eyes. “How do you think she felt?”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“If you’re already nothing, you have nothing to lose.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“You can always cram the wrong piece into the puzzle hole if you push hard enough and limit your definition of ‘fitting.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“He just looks like a guy, the boy next door, someone who could even be handsome if his eyes weren’t so sunken, if his skin wasn’t so greasy, if he were wearing something besides a gas station uniform and a scowl on his face. Nothing about him says “rapist.” Nothing about him is particularly intimidating. There’s no clue to stay away from him besides his crappy job and unfortunate haircut. There’s nothing about him that screams evil. Someone like him could be anyone.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Sometimes it’s the freaks of nature who end up being the strongest.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“It’s so strange how someone can be one person one day, then be transformed over the course of a few months, then come back to their previous life with completely different insides but all anyone still sees are the same old outsides.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Rape is not about sex. It is about power and violence and control.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“How nice it would be to be that free, that unencumbered by the whims and weaknesses of other people.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Margot smiles. “Your comments are always thoughtful and smart. You seem really steady and calm, and not swayed by people’s disagreements and emotions and everything.”
“But I’m too quiet,” Grace says.
“You don’t have to be loud to be a leader,” Margot says. “People respect you. That’s what’s important.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“The youth pastor at our church says virginity is like a flower,” says Krista. “Losing your virginity before marriage is like plucking the petals off a flower. No one wants a flower without petals.” “No offense,” Sam says. “But that’s crap.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“We are no more than our biology, our genetic programming. Nature is harsh and cruel and unsentimental. When you get down to it, boys are predators and girls are prey, and what people call love or even simple attraction is just the drug of hormones, evolved to make the survival of our species slightly less painful.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Was it always this easy? All that time missing her mom, all she had to do was say something? All that time wanting, all she had to do was ask? Grace wonders how much of her life she has wasted waiting for things to come to her, too afraid to take chances, too afraid to make herself and her desires known.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“This is what it is to be caught, to be powerless and frozen, to be turned into nothing. This is when your own body, your own voice, becomes your enemy, when it won’t even listen to you because it’s his now, because he’s stolen it, because he controls it with your own fear.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“Home of so many girls. Home of so many almost-women, waiting for their skin to fit.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“She says nothing to Pastor Skinner about how Jesus fought for what he believed in, how he stood up against corrupt people in power, how he showed women kindness and respect at a time in history when they received little of either. But that is not the Jesus who Pastor Skinner is talking about. In fact, the pastor isn't talking much about Jesus at all.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls
“The problem with humans is they’re too enamored with themselves, and with mammals in general. As if big brains and live birth are necessarily signs of superiority. As if the hairy, air-breathing world is the only one that matters.”
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls

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