“Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.” I think starting with this quote is enough to make you wonder for a while, and think of the people you know and love. You might also ask yourself “Am I with the right group/person or not?” You might find it difficult to find an answer at first, but gradually you will have the answers to such important questions. You should be with someone who completes you, and you, them. And that is what is crossing Jack Masselin’s mind all the time.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her grief.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a neatly kept secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool.
That is until Jack meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counselling and community service. At first, Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then, later on, they are surprised, because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel.
I will leave it there though; but here is a list of my emotionful conceptions from this wonderful book:
- “We’re all weird and damaged in our way. You’re not the only one.”
- “People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they’re just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don’t realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they’re shitty because they’re afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it’s like self-defensive shittiness.”
- “We don’t ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.”
- “We can’t fight another person’s battle, no matter how much we want to.”
- “You might not want to burn your bridges when you’re standing on an island.”
- “We never know how long we have. We’re never guaranteed tomorrow. I could die right now, right here.”
- “Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to them, and them alone.”
- “If you walk away, don’t come back. You don’t get to do that and come back.”
- “However scary it is to go after your dreams, it’s even scarier not to.”
- “As for the rest of you, remember this: YOU ARE WANTED. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself. Especially yourself.”
- I want to say, “It’s okay to be human. We’re all afraid, we all get hurt, and It’s okay to feel hurt. You’d be so much more likeable if you just acted human.”
- “The bad moments always have a way of coming around again, way too soon.”
- “You know, that’s what you’ve been doing in a way, coming out, coming out of your room. Coming out of your house. Coming out of your shell.”