By Jennifer Ziegler

Maggie Dempsey is bored with relocating everywhere in the nation. Her mom and dad are second-generation hippies who uproot her each year or so that you could movement to a brand new urban. whilst Maggie used to be more youthful, she inspiration it was once enjoyable and adventurous. Now that she’s undefined, she hates it. whilst she moved after her freshman 12 months, she left at the back of solid associates, a superb university, and a true feeling of belonging. whilst she moved her sophomore 12 months, she left at the back of a boyfriend, too. Now that they’ve moved to Austin, she is familiar with higher. She’s not likely to make neighbors. She’s not likely to slot in. something to avoid her from liking this new position and them from liking her. in simple terms . . . issues don’t move precisely as planned.From the Hardcover version.

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Duh," says the mean-faced one. " She motions to the dumb-looking one. " Shanna and Sharla? " asks Sharla. " I'm always slow to answer this. Sometimes because I truly can't remember. But mainly because it implies that wherever you lived before, you were established there, with friends, neighbors, and a favorite hangout or two. The places I name are more like pit stops on a never-ending road trip. "Oregon," I say finally. "But we weren't there very long. " exclaims Caitlyn. " I try not to roll my eyes.

I guess I am. "Here. You'll need to wear this. " I glance back up and see that she's holding out another rubbery swim cap. Light pink with little flappy flower thingies stuck all over it. "We need to hurry," Penny says, pointing to a clock hanging from the ceiling. " I follow her as she heads down the gym corridor, her orange flip-flops making loudswack ing sounds. She has a strange, lumbering walk, as much sideways motion as forward momentum. And as she rocks from side to side, her arms swing far back, hands open and flailing-sort of like a toddler.

He asks. "It just did. The kids are shallow. The classes are boring. Even the food is fattier here. " I seize the moment and look him right in the eye. " Les hands me the box and grabs another for himself. "Every place has its own beauty. " I blow out my breath extra slowly, trying to soothe that carved-up feeling in my midsection. I don't know what made me think my father would hear methis time when he hasn't the last few thousand. To Les and Rosie, complaints are nothing but negative energy that needs to be thwarted by sunshiny statements and bear hugs.

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