1. Cities," Bob’s father once told him, "aren’t run from the capitol building. They’re run from the cellar. The First City? The one you see? That’s the clothes they put over the body to make it look better. But the Second City is the body. That’s where they take the best and sell the women and the dope and the kinda TVs and couches and things a working man can afford. Only time a working man hears from the First City is when it’s fucking him over. But the Second City is all around him every day his whole life.
    — Dennis Lehane (The Drop)
     
  2. That night, he paused on the sidewalk, feeling the ink sky above him and the cold in his fingers, and he closed his eyes against the evening.

    He was used to it. He was used to it.

    It was okay.

    You could make a friend of it, as long as you didn’t fight it.

    -Dennis Lehane (The Drop)

     
  3. Is falling in love with someone’s story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?
    — Ally Condie (Matched)
     
  4. She had spent too much time living in her house, too much time using its walls like her own skin.
    — Gwendolen Gross (When She Was Gone)
     
  5. 14:40 6th Jun 2014

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    summerscourtney:

So here is some news about my next project that I have that just went up in Publishers Marketplace! Courtney Summers’s PLEASE REMAIN CALM, an e-novella sequel to her zombie novel THIS IS NOT A TEST, about the remaining survivors from the first novel, discovering just how high the cost of death is in a post-apocalyptic landscape, to Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency (World English). I think THIS IS NOT A TEST is the novel I get the most sequel requests for and I honestly don’t know what those characters did to deserve that after the hell I put them through, but I’m grateful for the expressed interest in the ones who made it out—yes, you will see familiar faces—and all the terrible things that might happen to them next.  (Things are going to get very bad.)  (MORE ZOMBIES!)  I’ll share more details when I have them.  But I am very excited and I hope you are too.  I am so glad my editor and agent didn’t blink the first time I told them I wanted to write zombies or the second time, either.BY THE WAY.  If you haven’t read THIS IS NOT A TEST, there’s no time like the present!  It’s about a girl named Sloane who intends to kill herself the morning the zombie apocalypse starts.  She ends up trapped in her high school with six other survivors instead.  Think THE WALKING DEAD meets THE BREAKFAST CLUB.  (I might be biased but I think it is a great read if are waiting on S5 of TWD.)  You can find out more about it—excerpt, reviews, book trailer—at http://courtneysummers.ca/novels/this-is-not-a-test Oh heck how about I just give away some copies right here too?  How about 3 signed copies of THIS IS NOT A TEST plus signed bookmarks to 3 winners!  This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide and to enter, all you have to do is reblog this post.  I will give one additional entry to followers of summerscourtney, too. Winners will be randomly selected and must have a way for me to contact them or new winners will be selected.  The contest will end June 30th, 2014!

    summerscourtney:

    So here is some news about my next project that I have that just went up in Publishers Marketplace!

    Courtney Summers’s PLEASE REMAIN CALM, an e-novella sequel to her zombie novel THIS IS NOT A TEST, about the remaining survivors from the first novel, discovering just how high the cost of death is in a post-apocalyptic landscape, to Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency (World English).

    I think THIS IS NOT A TEST is the novel I get the most sequel requests for and I honestly don’t know what those characters did to deserve that after the hell I put them through, but I’m grateful for the expressed interest in the ones who made it out—yes, you will see familiar faces—and all the terrible things that might happen to them next.  (Things are going to get very bad.)  (MORE ZOMBIES!)  I’ll share more details when I have them.  But I am very excited and I hope you are too.  I am so glad my editor and agent didn’t blink the first time I told them I wanted to write zombies or the second time, either.

    BY THE WAY.  If you haven’t read THIS IS NOT A TEST, there’s no time like the present!  It’s about a girl named Sloane who intends to kill herself the morning the zombie apocalypse starts.  She ends up trapped in her high school with six other survivors instead.  Think THE WALKING DEAD meets THE BREAKFAST CLUB.  (I might be biased but I think it is a great read if are waiting on S5 of TWD.)  You can find out more about it—excerpt, reviews, book trailer—at http://courtneysummers.ca/novels/this-is-not-a-test

    Oh heck how about I just give away some copies right here too?  How about 3 signed copies of THIS IS NOT A TEST plus signed bookmarks to 3 winners!  This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide and to enter, all you have to do is reblog this post.  I will give one additional entry to followers of summerscourtney, too. Winners will be randomly selected and must have a way for me to contact them or new winners will be selected.  The contest will end June 30th, 2014!

     
  6. You spend a long time waiting for life to start–the past year or two filled with all these firsts, everything new and terrifying and significant– and then it does start and you realize it isn’t what you ‘d expected,or asked for.
    — Megan Abbott (The Fever)
     
  7. These people we call Mom and Dad, they bring us into the world and then they don’t follow through with what we need, or provide any answers at all really—it’s a fend-for-yourself free-for-all in the end, and I’m just not cut out for that sort of living.
    — Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock)
     
  8. If you let the world in, you open yourself up to the world. Even if the world doesn’t know you’re there.
    — David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing)
     
  9. Sharing truth is not the kind of gift that comes in wrapping paper– ripped open once and, there, you’re done. No, this is a gift that must be unfolded. It is enough to start the telling. It’s enough to have the beginning and feel like it’s the beginning.
    — David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing)
     
  10. This is the power of a kiss:
    It does not have the power to kill you. But it does have the power to bring you to life.
    — David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing)