by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2011


  • … anything was better than nothing. Half-full was better than empty.  Ignorance was the lowest form of humiliation and suffering.
  • If they thought I was quite content to sit with my hands in my lap, the perfect model of a sweet, uninformed little girl, they weren’t as smart as they thought.
  • Not one day went by that I didn’t feel you missing from my life… You haunted me… I saw your ghost in everything. I couldn’t escape you and I didn’t want to. You tortured me, but it was better than losing you.
  • I don’t think either of us will deny that I’ve complicated your life. I’ve tried to make things better, but things haven’t always gone my way. I thought it through and came to the difficult decision the best thing for your recovery and your future was for me to walk away.
  • My answer to his question came without hesitation. I could keep a secret, no matter how difficult, when the people I loved hung in the balance.
  • I wasn’t naive enough to think it would last, but there was something to be said about living in the moment.

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