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Inside this Book – Our friend came over the other night. He and his terrible girlfriend had finally broken up. This was his third breakup with that particular girlfriend, but he insisted it was going to be the one to stick. He paced around our kitchen, working his way through the ten thousand petty humiliations and torments of their six- month relationship, while we cooed and fretted and bent our faces into sympathetic shapes in his direction. When he went to the bathroom to collect himself, we collapsed against each other, rolling our eyes and pretending to strangle ourselves and shoot ourselves in the head. One of us told the other that listening to our friend complain about the details of his breakup was like listening to an alcoholic whine about being hungover: yes, the suffering was there but good God it was hard to muster sympathy for someone with so little insight into the causes of his own problems. How long was our friend going to continue to date terrible people and then act surprised when they treated him terribly, we asked each other. Then he came out of the bathroom and we mixed him his fourth drink of the evening and told him he was too drunk to drive home but that he was welcome to crash on our couch. That night, we lay in bed together, talking about our friend. We complained about how small our apartment was, about how we couldn’t have sex without him hearing us. Maybe we should do it anyway, we said—it’ll be the closest to getting laid he’s come in months. (Withholding sex had been one of the manipulative strategies of the terrible girlfriend.) Maybe he’d like it.
Inside this book –You Know You Want This PDF Book by Kristen Roupenian – Jessica was twelve years old in September 1993—twenty-four years after the Manson murders, five years after Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose, seven months before Kurt Cobain shot himself in the head, and three weeks before a man with a knife kidnapped Polly Klaas at a sleepover in Petaluma, California. Jessica’s family had moved from San Jose, where she had been the most popular girl in her sixth-grade class, out to Santa Rosa, where she orbited uneasily around several groups of friends: her popular friends, who neglected her; her band friends, who were nice but boring; and the ones she secretly thought of as her bad friends, who were the most fascinating but also the nastiest, their jokes digging like little nails into her skin. She could spend time with the mean friends only in short, thrilling bursts before she’d start feeling exhausted and sore, and then she’d have to retreat into the comfort of her band friends to recover. Jessica’s family lived in a bright yellow Victorian in Lomita Heights, and every day she would come home from field hockey practice, empty her homework onto her bed, and refill her backpack with her Discman, her black folder of CDs, the books she’d checked out from the library, and an apple and three slices of cheese for a snack. Then she would run the three blocks from her house to the park where the skateboarders hung out. When she got to the park, she sat at the bottom of the twisting slide and selected the music she wanted to listen to and the book she wanted to read. She owned seventeen CDs but she only listened to three: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Use Your Illusion I, and Nevermind. The books were mostly broken-spined paperbacks from the science fiction and fantasy shelf, about boys coming into their powers.
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- Full Book Name – You Know You Want This
- Author of this Book – Kristen Roupenian
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Contemporary, Fiction, Horror, Novella
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