“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.” – Page 6

“Who do we have to thank for that? Oh, that’s right. Homophobes. We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re taking over the world.” – Page 7

“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s– I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this?” – Page 18

“Because being gay is my thing. That’s part of what I like about it. It’s like being left-handed.” – Page 28

“But I don’t like the word ‘coming out’; it feels unfair, like being punched out of a secret passageway.” – Page 39

“And here’s the thing: I hate Fox Mill Creek.” – Page 46

“Is there a word that falls somewhere in between ‘annoyed’ and ‘I’m grossed out but I don’t know why?'” – Page 61

“You know, friends are important, too. You don’t replace them with boyfriends.” – Page 79

“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.” – Page 90

“And so when we meet, which I’m sure we will, it won’t be my first time seeing him. I’ll be meeting up with Blue, and I’ll go unaware.” – Page 103

“I’m not even sure what kind of parade I was expecting, but it turns out that shouldn’t have been a concern. Because I didn’t even know what was going on. It feels like the whole universe except for Blue and me is inside a giant snow globe.” – Page 131

“And I guess that’s part of it — seeing your parents just as people. Like, I always knew they were real people. But it’s different when it’s your parents. And you’re supposed to fit your life to those three other lives.” – Page 146

“Mom is all about making a big deal out of anything and everything. But this was an even bigger deal. Because I felt like it wasn’t just the start of school; it was the start of me.” – Page 157 PARENTS DAY QUOTES IN TELUGU

“I don’t come together like a perfect puzzle. There are pieces missing, but I’m okay with that.” – Page 178

“Nobody’s actually happy. Just in case you were wondering.” – Page 193

“I wanted to march. I wanted to be proud and gay and out, but I wanted it to be okay, too.” – Page 206

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default.” – Page 226

“I can’t explain what I feel for him, and I’m not sure I want to. I’m not sure I’d have the right words.” – Page 244

“If we’re going to throw around blame, let’s start with the bullies. They seem like a good starting place.” – Page 258

“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.” – Page 277

“I don’t know him. Not completely. But I love him.” – Page 292

“I’m sorry it took me so long to reach out. But I’m here.” – Page 295

“I want the layers. I want the complicated, flawed, frustrating, beautiful, unexpected layers.” – Page 305

“We should all have someone to kiss at midnight.” – Page 319

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