Louise Rennison · 271 pages
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The film turns out to be about bees. It is a film about a bee center. How crap is this going to be?
An hour later
That was the best thing I have seen for ages. We made Miss Wilson rewind the bit where the two queens were having a bitch fight.”
“I always want to tell him everything. But
instead I said, “What’s your advice, Horn -
And he started doing pretend beard stroking
and said, “Well, luuurve is a many trousered
thing. . . .”
“I was going to say, No, no, don’t cry, I’ll go out
with you. Anything, but don’t cry. . . . But I still
couldn’t make my voice work.
And then he sort of cleared his throat and said,
“Georgia, don’t feel bad.
It’s always tough to hurt someone and tell them the truth. I know that. You’re a really lovely girl. Lovely . . . mad . . . but
lovely. I’ll always like you. Don’t worry.”
“It’s hard to tell the truth sometimes, especially if you don’t want to hurt someone. And you did. You said what you feel. And you must do what is right for you, not what other people say is right.”
“This is the first day of the rest of my life. So why is my hair sticking up like a cockerel?”
“Abelardo, my manager, emerged from a stall. “What do you think, Howie?” he said; it was his standard greeting —one I was fond of.
“Abe, I don't know what to think,” I said; my standard response.”
“I snapped off a knobby twig from a shrub at my heel and pulled it back into a messy bun.”
“In a way it's like too serene or whatever - too empty. I feel that familiar feeling of being a dark smudge on this otherwise pristine white canvas. There's just no way to blend in out here.”
“Simon called you 'Machiavelli disguised as a debutante.'" "Gosh," I said, not sure whether to feel flattered or insulted.”
“She never understood that love -- especially that of a child -- was the most necessary weight you can endure in life, even if it hurts, even if it tugs bags under the skin of your eyes. Without it, the soul skitters to the edge of the world and teeters there, confused.”
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