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    How To Love – Katie Cotugno

    “I’ve been looking for Sawyer for half a lifetime when I find him standing in front of the Slurpee machine at the 7-eleven on Federal Highway, gazing through the window at the frozen, neon-bright churning like he’s expecting the mysteries of the universe to be revealed to him from inside.  Come to think of it, maybe he is.  I stop. I stare. I need gum and a soda and a box of animal crackers for Hannah, but already I known I’m going to be walking out of this place empty-handed.” Reena was a good girl, on track to get out of her small town a year early and go to…

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    Forever – Judy Blume

    The 2011 MacMillan version of ‘Forever’ “Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys. She told me herself, the last time she was visiting her cousin, Erica, who is my good friend. Erica says this is because of Sybil’s fat problem and her need to feel loved – the getting laid part, that is” Katherine is a senior at high school. Its New Years Eve when she meets Michael at Sybil’s party. She thinks nothing of him at the party but when he turns up the next day under the pretense of picking up his records and tells her the real reason…

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    Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

    “Dear Ed, In a sec you’ll hear a thunk. At your front door, the one nobody uses. It’ll rattle the hinges a bit when it lands, because it’s so weighty and important, a little jangle along with the thunk, and Joan will look up from whatever she’s cooking.” Min and Ed were in love. But when they broke up it broke Min’s heart. A month later she feels its time. Time to return the stuff she collected throughout their relationship, even the stuff Ed doesn’t know about. She gathers it all together and puts it all in a box, then writes the letter. The letter about why they broke up. …

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    Being Billy – Phil Earle

    “The light in the hallway gave the game away. Eleven pm and it was still on. If they were home, they would be in bed and all the lights would be off. No, I knew this meant they were away. Even if they had gone to the pub, they’d have been back. Work tomorrow and all that.” Having spent most of his life in care, Billy is alone, the only thing that keeps him going are his brother and sister, The Twins. When separated from them for only 6 months to spend time with a foster family nearby he went totally off the rails. Hes going through a bad phase…