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Donneven," I said, in my best Monica imitation, and he laughed. "We're not talking about me."
"We could be," he said, as I watched Bert take note of a group of what looked like ninth graders who had just
come into the living room.
"I'm not gorgeous," I said.
"Sure you are."
I just shook my head, knowing this was him evading the question. "You," I said, "have this whole tall, dark
stranger thing going on. Not to mention the tortured artist bit."
"Bit?"
"You know what I mean."
He shook his head, clearly discounting this description. "And you," he said, "have that whole blonde, cool
and collected, perfect smart girl thing going on."
"You're the boy all the girls want to rebel with," I said.
"You," he replied, "are the unattainable girl in homeroom who never gives a guy the time of day.


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I knew, in the silence that followed, that anything could happen here. It might be too late: again, ...
SARAH DESSEN
This is the problem with dealing with someone who is actually a good listener. They don’t jump in ...
SARAH DESSEN
That was the hard thing about grief, and the grieving. They spoke another language, and the words we...
SARAH DESSEN
She knew I could tell with one glance, one look, one simple instant. It was her eyes. Despite the th...
SARAH DESSEN
It's okay to accept things from people. It doesn't make you weak or helpless.
SARAH DESSEN
Oh, God," I said.
"No, it's Dexter," he replied, offering me his hand, which I ignored.
He...
SARAH DESSEN
Are those the only options? Nothing or forever?
SARAH DESSEN
Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside
SARAH DESSEN
Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everythi...
SARAH DESSEN
I am still the center sister. But I see it differently now. There has to be a middle. Without it, no...
SARAH DESSEN
I'd still thought that everything I thought about that night-the shame, the fear-would fade in time....
SARAH DESSEN
[Adam picks up the camera] "I have to get a shot of this."
The reaction in the room was swift, ...
SARAH DESSEN
If only you could really use a fail-proof system to know who was worth keeping and who needed to be ...
SARAH DESSEN
After the group vet appointment--during which Lyle scratched the vet, the vet tech, and some poor wo...
SARAH DESSEN
That's not a real answer.'
Says who?'
Says me. I mean real fear, like of failure, of death...
SARAH DESSEN
Your mother won a special reward," she told me, "because everyone had a head in her pictures. We all...
SARAH DESSEN
There were so many places in my time with Rogerson that I wished I could go back to, hitting the sto...
SARAH DESSEN
I want the white one
SARAH DESSEN
Why should I even bother? What's the point, really?"
He thought for a moment. "Who says there h...
SARAH DESSEN
It didn't make you noble to step away from something that wasn't working, even if you thought you we...
SARAH DESSEN
You can't make any one person your world. The trick is to take what each can give you and build a wo...
SARAH DESSEN
It was amazing how you could get so far from where you'd planned, and yet find it was exactly were y...
SARAH DESSEN
I have a tendency to embellish: I think it's a weakness of fiction writers. Once you know how to mak...
SARAH DESSEN
That was the thing about being alone, in theory or in principle. Whatever happened-good, bad, or any...
SARAH DESSEN
The worst thing you can do if you miss or need someone is let them know it.
SARAH DESSEN
Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They...
SARAH DESSEN
Everyone has their weak spot. The one thing that, despite your best efforts, will always bring you t...
SARAH DESSEN
You know the minute you stop thinking about it, it'll happen.
SARAH DESSEN
instead, we just sat there, together but really apart, watching a show about a stranger and all her ...
SARAH DESSEN
I've never envied the person who had to put my books together in one script.
SARAH DESSEN
There was something so heavy about the burden of history, of the past. I wasn't sure I had it in me ...
SARAH DESSEN
I didn't want to leave things the way we had, unresolved, ... and tried to tell myself he cared abou...
SARAH DESSEN
You can't just plan a moment when things get back on track, just as you can't plan the moment you lo...
SARAH DESSEN
And that was it; it was so easy for her. My own memories did not even belong to me. But I knew she w...
SARAH DESSEN
Macon: “It’s true. And if that doesn’t work, use the Jedi Mind Trick. But only if you really h...
SARAH DESSEN
Don't be a fool. Don't give up something important to hold onto someone who can't even say they love...
SARAH DESSEN
Nope.' He sat back. 'Just been there, done that. Done that getting hauled to the police station thin...
SARAH DESSEN
I told you, everyone understands a quest.
SARAH DESSEN
Shit," Delia said. "I mean, shoot. No, actually, I mean shit. I really do.
SARAH DESSEN
Fine," he repeated, and I wondered why it was I kept coming back to this, again and again, a word th...
SARAH DESSEN
Hollis " I said "you're messing with me right now aren't you You're in Paris or somewhere and just-"...
SARAH DESSEN
Because you have to just go with the flow. Your life is not your own, with people coming in and out ...
SARAH DESSEN
It's true. It's like the hidden secret that no one tells you. we can all be beautiful girls, Colie. ...
SARAH DESSEN
The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be any...
SARAH DESSEN
I've changed in my sympathies since I've become a mother myself. In high school I went throu...
SARAH DESSEN
You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.
SARAH DESSEN
It wasn't until Kiffney-Brown, when I met Jason Talbot, that I really thought I might actually have ...
SARAH DESSEN
So finally, I decided that the best response — the safest — was none at all.
SARAH DESSEN
So this had been all I wanted, a boy who understood about I felt.
SARAH DESSEN
A second later, when he looked up at me, we were face to face, and again, even under these circumsta...
SARAH DESSEN
You're a rule person," he said.
"My sister was a cheater. It sort of became necessary."
"S...
SARAH DESSEN
Please. She sighed. 'Can't a girl have high standards? I don't want an ordinary boy.
SARAH DESSEN
All I'd wanted for so long was for someone to explain
everything that had
happened to me i...
SARAH DESSEN
Who knew three dots could make such a difference? Like everything else, a love or a wish or whatever...
SARAH DESSEN
I know you guys have some sort of weird thing going on, with that game you play and everything—" SARAH DESSEN What were you two talking about?" she whispered as Wes pulls the door shut.
Nothing," I said. "...
SARAH DESSEN
That sucks, though," Wes said finally, his voice low. "You're just setting yourself up to fail, beca...
SARAH DESSEN
I listened for the voice I knew so well, the one I always heard at the beginning.
Good girl, Ma...
SARAH DESSEN
and I wondered if, in the end, this is how all disputes are settled, with a shared silence as things...
SARAH DESSEN
And I think she works so much becasue she can be in control of it, you know?' I said. She nodded. 'I...
SARAH DESSEN
You can't always get the perfect moment. Sometimes, you just have to do the best you can under the c...
SARAH DESSEN
The truth about forever is that it is happening right now.
SARAH DESSEN
Everyone had a forever, but given a choice, this would be mine.
SARAH DESSEN
I was distracted, thinking about what she'd said, until she got to this last part. "Sherman?" I said...
SARAH DESSEN
But when you had to do something, you had to do it. And eventually, if you were lucky, you did it we...
SARAH DESSEN
I couldn't remember the last time I'd seen her actually relax and sit still in a way that made it ob...
SARAH DESSEN
Like maybe it's forever, maybe it's not
SARAH DESSEN
It's both, it all depends on how you choose to live it. Forever is always changing.'

[Abo...
SARAH DESSEN
When you only had words, you had to make up for things, say what you might not need to otherwise.
SARAH DESSEN
Everyone else could get through to my mother: all they had to do was dial a number and wait for her ...
SARAH DESSEN
You should have seen your face," she said, her breath hot in my ear. "Sa-woooon.
SARAH DESSEN
During the long stretches of quiet two-lane highway, with the sun
setting in the distance, it w...
SARAH DESSEN
Quiet and incredible. I really envy that.
SARAH DESSEN
That was the thing. You just never knew. Forever was so many different things. It was always changin...
SARAH DESSEN
Donneven, Bettaquit and Mmmhmmmm
SARAH DESSEN
It took a lot of work to be perfect. If you didn’t want to break a sweat, there was no point in ev...
SARAH DESSEN
Why does she have wings?'
So she can fly.
SARAH DESSEN