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Genres :Fiction , Young Adult , Literary Fiction , Adult
Published By : Penguin Books
Published On : Oct 04, 2005
ISBN : 0143036408 (ISBN13: 9780143036401)
Format :Paperback
Language :English
No. of pages : 302
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    “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn't know a thing about life.”
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    “If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”
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    “Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”
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    “It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.”
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    “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”
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