Part 2 of my tour stop for the the blog tour organized by Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours! Refer to Part 1, my review, for all the book information. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book. These are spoiler-free, so don’t worry.
Note: These quotes are from the final published version of the book.
Abiding by all these rules day in and day out is exhausting, but my parents have sacrificed too much for me to throw it all away by being selfish. They left behind their lives in Bangladesh and moved here in the hopes of giving me a better life. They want me to grow up and be successful, to be financially stable, to be focused and diligent and hardworking.
I know they’re thinking about my future, but I don’t know how to be the daughter they can gloat about at our community parties, the daughter whose achievements they can praise to their coworkers, the daughter who never steps a toe out of line and does everything exactly as they wish. Still, a part of me wants that—to be enough for them, to have them be proud of me. The rest of me wishes I could crawl into a hole.Page 40
I have no idea what’s happening, but I do know I want to sink into the ground.Page 83
“Writing is what helped me gain confidence in myself. There’s something really special about being able to express yourself with words. I love stories and I love poems and I love learning more and more with each word. I think it’s amazing.”Page 91
Ace’s smile widens into a blinding grin. I’m going to kill him. “I took her on a date to a local bakery. She ordered the cheesecake and said it wasn’t nearly as sweet as me.”
His foot is close enough that I step on it in retribution. He winces but quickly covers it up. It still brings me some satisfaction.Page 125
“If you don’t explain what the hell is happening right now, I’m going to pour my orange juice down your shirt,” Cora threatens pleasantly.Page 137
“Stop flirting,” Cora says, her eyes bright with amusement.
I gape at them. “I just told him to die.”
Nandini looks exasperated. “We’re Gen Z, Karina. That’s how we flirt.”Page 152
As promised, Ace is waiting when I step out of AP Physics. “You’re like an annoying stray cat that won’t stop following me,” I say before wiggling my fingers at him. “Want a scratch on the head?”Page 168
Why am I selfish if I want to do what I love? It’s my life and my future. Not my parents’. Mine. They gave me the tools to be here, but that shouldn’t mean that they get to make every choice for me.
I’m not a bad person for wanting a life different than what’s expected of me. I’m not a bad person for wanting to pursue something I love.
I’m not a bad person for wanting. But I feel like I am.Page 200
But then, strangely enough, Ace holds out a hand to me. “Do you trust me?”
I stare at the hand, a mix of exhilarated and nervous. “This isn’t Aladdin.”
“It’s not,” he says. “But do you trust me?”Page 232
“The older I am, the more I realize it’s not worth it to prioritize things that make you miserable,” Dadu says. “I don’t want that for you.”Page 285
And that’s the end of the quotes. I hope this gives you a taste of what the story and characters are like and their appeal. 🙂