Quotes from Something Real

Heather Demetrios ·  413 pages

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“Hate is a lot like love. It's warm and fills you up until every part of you is tingling to release it.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“I’m sitting here on the Kaye Gibbons Show, and all I can think is that the whole country is sick. Sick with the idea that it’s good to be known as seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public at large. Whether it’s Facebook photos, blogs, or reality TV, it’s like nobody is content to just live life. The worth of our existence seems to be measured in pixels and megabytes and “likes.” Those of use whose lives can be downloaded seem to have the most value – until someone outrageous comes along to claim their time in the spotlight.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“I don't like seeing myself on camera." But that's not it--that sounds shallow, like I'm worried I'll look fat or something. "It's like somebody is walking on my grave. TV immortalizes you. The episodes are what my family would watch if I died.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“This, I think, is a little glimpse of what life could be like without my family. Home could be a place of laughter and love, a refuge. I'm filled with a terrifying weightlessness, like I've jumped off a cliff, but I know that if I don't look down, I'll be just fine.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“You know those primitive tribal people who believed a camera could steal your soul? Turns out they were right.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real



“This night felt like a last hurrah, like we could blaze our brightest, at the apex of our insane adolescence. This was our Mardi Gras before the dark days of Lent.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetrrs inside your skull”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“Somehow, the pain and rage and confusion of the past eighteen years dissolves until all that is left is this one perfect moment; unscripted, unedited, it's ours and ours alone.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“You can't screw up your own suicide and then expect the universe to give you presents wrapped in the skin of a wonderful boy. That's just not the way it works.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“If my sister were a character in a Victorian drama, she would be the snobbish rich girl with a penchant for talking shit about everyone behind their fan.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real



“He looks like the kind of boy who would jump trains, strum guitars, and pass a joint.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“The past is past. You tried to kill yourself. So what? I humped a couch in season twelve. We all have our skeletons.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“We're together now, that's all that matters.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“After graduation, we can just … ride into the sunrise,” he says. “The sunrise?” His lips twitch. “If we ride into the sunset, we’d wind up in the middle of the Pacific.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“Why would you get a cat?” “Because it’s my destiny.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real



“Even Mom doesn't understand how being in front of a camera all the time twists and warps you. How one second it makes you feel unbelievably alive and the next publicly strips you down until all that's left is one big question mark.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“I'm not Bonnie™ or Chloe. I'm the essence of her, the nontrademarked person the camera can never capture and my parents have no right to sign over. There is a sovereign nation encased in this skin that MetaReel can never trademark.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“Fourteen Kids, Two Dads, One Mom, Two Nannies, Two Tutors—and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


“After graduation, we can just ... ride into the sunrise," he says.
"The sunrise?" His lips twitch.
"If we ride into the sunset, we'd wind up in the middle of the pacific"
"Just my luck," I mutter.”
― Heather Demetrios, quote from Something Real


About the author

Heather Demetrios
Born place: 29 Palms, CA, The United States
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“I close my eyes and I let my body shut itself down and I let my mind wander. It wanders to a familiar place. A place I don’t talk about or acknowledge exists. A place where there is only me. A place that I hate. I am alone. Alone here and alone in the world. Alone in my heart and alone in my mind. Alone everywhere, all the time, for as long as I can remember. Alone with my Family, alone with my friends, alone in a Room full of People. Alone when I wake, alone through each awful day, alone when I finally meet the blackness. I am alone in my horror. Alone in my horror. I don’t want to be alone. I have never wanted to be alone. I fucking hate it. I hate that I have no one to talk to, I hate that I have no one to call, I hate that I have no one to hold my hand, hug me, tell me everything is going to be all right. I hate that I have no one to share my hopes and dreams with, I hate that I no longer have any hopes or dreams, I hate that I have no one to tell me to hold on, that I can find them again. I hate that when I scream, and I scream bloody murder, that I am screaming into emptiness. I hate that there is no one to hear my scream and that there is no one to help me learn how to stop screaming. . . More than anything, all I have ever wanted is to be close to someone. More than anything, all I have ever wanted is to feel as if I wasn’t alone.”
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I flushed. Bones just chuckled and brought my hand to his lips.”
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