“Turnpikes at night were like girl talk: not interesting.”
“When you were steadily dating a boy, as she was Reeve, and this was known to everybody, it freed you up to be friends with boys.”
“Brian was only thirteen. He was asleep by one A.M.”
“Janie and Jodie looked at him as if he were an out-of-date computer chip.”
“Barbies are warm and tan and always the same, thought Janie, but real people are not always the same.”
“Last time she had been here, the room had been pastel, romantic and soft. Now it was icily white. It was urban, out of a slick magazine, as if some cold, successful woman lived here with two possessions and an empty refrigerator.”
“Every time he calls, I nag him to study.” “I hear that boys don’t like to be nagged.” “Me too, but it’s irresistible. You always want to take the boy and mold him into something better.”
“She is no longer here, but he won't let her go. So, where does that leave me? Well, that's easy. I'm left alone.”
“Jumping in before you know what you’re getting into is a good way to get hurt,”
“Even if we had to go back, I decided it was worth it to ride that bus all the way out here. It was worth it just for Natalie to see the windmills. Even if she never saw anything like this again. Maybe at least she could hang on to the idea that there's something better out there, somewhere.”
“Because I’m black?” I straight out ask, hating that being different can be a code word for being black, for something that isn’t white. “No”—he”
“So no lowering them into pools full of crocodiles or trying to slice them in half with lasers or anything like that.”
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