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One summer night I fell asleep hoping the world would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same.
I live in an ecotone. Employment must coexist with goofing off. Responsibility must coexist with irresponsibility.
I wondered if my smile was as big as hers. Maybe as big. But not as beautiful.
I was fifteen.I was bored.I was miserable.
I couldn't exactly storm away in anger. I'd just have to close my eyes and shut out the universe.
The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.
There are worst things in life than kissing boys.
The problem with my life was that it was someone else's idea.
I wanted to close my eyes and let the silence swallow me whole.
Water was something he loved, something he respected. He understood its beauty and its dangers. He talked about swimming as if it were a way of life.
When I was a boy, I used to wake up thinking that the world was ending.
Words could be like food - they felt like something in your mouth. They tasted like something.
I was getting an A for work. But not for talent. The story of my life.
Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.
Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.
I guess I did miss Dante-even though I tried hard to not think about him. The problem with trying hard not to think about something was that you thought about it even more.
The problem is not that I don't love my mother and father. The problem is that I don't know how to love them.
I didn’t think it was my job to accept what everyone said I was and who I should be.
I hadn't even solved the mystery of my own body.
He tried not to laugh, but he wasn't good at controlling all the laughter that lived inside of him.
Try it again, " I said. "Kiss me.""No, " he said."Kis
You can’t expect to go both ways when you’re driving on a one-way street.
I wished it was raining, " he said."I don't need the rain, " I said. "I need you.
You know what the worst thing about adults is? ...They're not always adults. But that's what I like about them.
All I knew is that sometimes my father was sad. I hated that he was sad. It made me sad too. I didn't like sad.
The problem with trying hard not to think about something was that you thought about it even more.
I decided that maybe we left each other alone too much. Leaving each other alone was killing us.
Maybe all that silence about my brother did something to me. I think it did. Not talking can make a guy pretty lonely
It started to rain and we just sat. Sat and watched the rain in silence.
I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.
How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?
You're fighting this war in the worst way possible." "I don't know how to fight it, Dad.""You should ask for help, " he said."I don't know how to do that, either.
For the music to be over so soon. For the music to be over when it had just begun. That was really sad.
Everyone was always becoming someone else.Sometimes, when you were older, you became someone younger. And me, I felt old. How can aguy who’s about to turn seventeen feel old?
The day he came home from the hospital, he cried. I held him. I thought he would never stop.I knew that a part of him would never be the same.They cracked more than his ribs.
I thought of what my mom had said. "You talk like a man." It was easier to talk like a man than to be one.