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434 pages, Paperback
First published August 1, 2015
“How do you get it?”
Ethan put his phone back in his pocket. “It’s usually a side effect of an operation to cure epilepsy.”
I let out a big, real, sigh of relief. “Oh, good. I’m past the age where you develop epilepsy.”
Ethan burst out laughing again, just as our teacher arrived and shushed him."
"These words—words like OCD and bipolar—are not words to use lightly. And yet now they're every-where. There are TV programmes that actually pun on them. People smile and use them, proud of themselves for learning them, like they should get a sticker or something. Not realising that if those words are said to you by a medical health professional, as a diagnosis of something you'll probably have for ever, they're words you don't appreciate being misused every single day by someone who likes to keep their house quite clean".
“Everyone's on the cliff edge of normal. Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there's no 'normal' way of dealing with it... There is no normal, Evelyn.”
“Bad stuff happens, people are mean, there are no steps you can take that ensure the world leaves you alone. All you can do is try not to be one of those people who contributes to the bad.”
"It started with a house party."
"Okay, so I was stressing. And obsessing. 'Obstressing' times a million."