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The trouble didn’t start when my boyfriend and I broke up eight weeks before prom. The trouble started when I decided to go anyway and my dads offered to dress me. “You’ll look so hot. He’ll die,” said Charlie. “He’ll already have been dead for weeks; he’s gonna kill himself out of guilt,” said Frank. […]
I Starting across a bridge in her small American city, a girl—call her Kara—thinks she might be done with swimming. For any number of reasons. Maybe she’s developed a sudden aversion to chlorine. Maybe the sport takes up too much time, time better spent studying, or playing guitar, or fantasizing about her crush. It could […]
My pants don’t fit. These are the good ones, the khakis from J Crew, the ones everyone wears. No matter how much I tug on the legs, pulling them down past my waist, there’s still a wide gap between the hem and my foot. When I look in the mirror over my bedroom dresser, I […]
“Are you watching this show, Grandpa?” Chū Huā’s grandfather stared at the TV from his wheelchair. When he didn’t respond, she got up from the couch and waved her hand in front of his face. “Yē? It’s me, Chū Huā. Can you hear me?”
When my mom Lou was a kid, she wanted to run away and join the circus. She never did, but sometimes you wouldn’t know it. Whenever my sister Emma or I get sick, Mom pulls out four of those red and white juggling pins that look like they come from a bowling alley. She leans […]
Denver vs. LA I lived longer in LA than I’ve lived in Denver, so I definitely remember LA. They’re different. LA is a lot more fast-paced and everything is spread out, and so you can’t necessarily do a lot of things.