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They have an unusual relationship. And when things are good, it's magic. -- Lisa Mcmann
So, what are you doing tonight?"
Me?" Janie laughs. "Homework, of course."
You want company?" Carrie's looking wistful.
Do you have homework to do?"
Of course. WEther I do it or not is the real question. -- Lisa Mcmann
With the notebook resting ominuslously on Janie's bed, Janie procrastinates.
Does her homework first.
And pours herself a bowl of ceral. Breakfast - one of the five most important meals of the day. Not to be skipped. -- Lisa Mcmann
Bashful=Spanish, Miss Gardenia
Doc=Psychology, Mr. Wang
Happy=Chemistry 2, Mr. Durbin
Dopey=English Lit., Mr. Purcell
Dippy=Math, Mrs. Craig
Dumbass=PE, Coach Crater -- Lisa Mcmann
Come on, Cabel," Carrie says. "Let me give you a ride, at least. Unless you want Shay to- hey, here she comes now." Carrie titters, her eyes dancing.
Cabel's eyes grow wide. He slips into the backseat of Carrie's car without a word. "Get me outta here. Fuckin' creepy cheerleaders. -- Lisa Mcmann
Seriously, I dreamed that I was in my husband's dream, watching what he was dreaming about. Like, I was in his dream as an onlooker. It was so weird that I immediately wrote it down in the middle of the night. In the morning, it still sounded cool. -- Lisa Mcmann
Janie drives home slowly, windows rolled down, hand ready on the parking brake. She takes Waverly. Past Cabel's house.
She falls into bed when she gets home.
There are no notes, no phone calls, no visits. Not that she was hoping for anything of course. That bastard. -- Lisa Mcmann
There's something about a guy who admits he's a jerk that makes him forgiveable. -- Lisa Mcmann
That was the goth stage, where I decided I'd never get the girl of my dreams because of my scars. Not to mention my hairstyle. (pause) But then she slammed a door handle into my gut. And when a girl does that to a boy, it means she likes him. -- Lisa Mcmann
-We'll need to go back soon. We won't trouble you for long.-
-Never have I desired trouble more.- -- Lisa Mcmann
They linger near the back door, forehead to forehead and curved like statues as their lips whisper and brush together. -- Lisa Mcmann
Alex leaned over to Samheed. "If we get an hour's worth of music lessons, I think my head might explode." "In that case, bring on the music," Samheed muttered. Alex -- Lisa Mcmann
Life is very complicated. Filled with dreams and adventures, and disasters and broken hearts, too. -- Lisa Mcmann
Do you still love me, Janie?'
Janie stares at him, incredulous. 'Yes, of course! I don't say it lightly.'
'Say it lightly in my ear,' he demands.
She smiles, rests her soft cheek on his scratchy one, and whispers it. 'I love you, Cabe. -- Lisa Mcmann
I smile and blush, and weave my way back through the dog room to the lobby and into the cat room, because when a boy with two kittens says he loves you, you do whatever you can to get to him as quickly as possible. -- Lisa Mcmann
When we come in, Trey is sitting up in the bed, him arm is a sling and a shadow of stubble on his face. "It's about time," he says. He's got the look of a stoner on his face, and I he's got a morphine drip going. Guess mom and Dad don't think HE'LL get addicted. Eye roll. -- Lisa Mcmann
What do you think about when you close your eyes?" she asked. Alex looked at her, her silky orange eyes catching light from the fire, her hair falling against her cheek, her lips soft and full. "You really want to know?" She nodded. "Yeah." "I think about you, -- Lisa Mcmann
Maybe you don't have to remember something for it to be true. For it to exist. -- Lisa Mcmann
You - best secret boyfriend ever. -- Lisa Mcmann
Janie calls Cabel.
"Hi, uh, Mom," she says.
Cabel snorts. "Hello, dear. Did you make it through the blizzard?"
"Yeah. Barely." Janie grins into the phone. -- Lisa Mcmann
Whatever I want,' he says.
'I'm afraid you haven't been privy to that dream yet. -- Lisa Mcmann
The Thickety is a sinister, magical debut with a marvelous and shocking heroine. J.A. White's elegant writing and masterful plot kept me turning pages late into the night. -- Lisa Mcmann
And then they kiss.
Because with the right person, sometimes kissing feels like healing. -- Lisa Mcmann
If you don't want me to see, I guess, don't sleep in the same room as me."
He looks at her with a sly smile. "But I'm known for sleeping in school. It's my shtick. -- Lisa Mcmann
Once you read something, you can't erase it from your brain. -- Lisa Mcmann
Excellent." Captain nods. "Cabel. What's your job?"
Watching in agony, sir."
Captain suppressed a smile. "I'd make you stay home if I didn't know you'd sneak out, anyway. while you are watching in agony, feel free to take note of anyone who comes or goes that's not on the list. -- Lisa Mcmann
Hippie said he couldn't stay. Be back tomorrow
-Love,Mom -- Lisa Mcmann
He waits a moment. And then murmurs, 'I love you, Janie Hannagan. I can't get enough of you. I wake up in the morning and all I want to do is be with you.' He props himself up on his elbow. 'Do you have any idea how unusual, how important that is to me? -- Lisa Mcmann
Thank you. I don't know what I'd do without you.'
'I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. -- Lisa Mcmann
It's the intent, not the word, that makes something harsh. -- Lisa Mcmann
Because there's no way on earth she's going to make it through college unless she grows some serious ovaries and turns this train wreck around -- Lisa Mcmann
It's hard to watch. Can't stand the pressure of that much hope. -- Lisa Mcmann
She sits in the driveway, freezing, for thirty-six minutes. Arguing with herself. Because she thinks she's in love with him too. And there are two ways she can be a fool in love right now. She chooses the harder one. And knocks on the door. -- Lisa Mcmann
Janie: Did you ever sell drugs?
Cabel: Yes. Pot. Ninth and tenth grade. I was, uh ... rather troubled back then.
Janie: Why did you stop?
Cabel: Got busted, and Captain made me a better deal. Janie: So you've been a narc since then? Cabel: I cringe at your terminology. -- Lisa Mcmann
There's just no happily ever after in Janie's book.
But they both know there is something. Something good between them.
There is respect.
And there is depth.
An understanding between them that surpasses a hell of a lot else.
And there's that love thing. -- Lisa Mcmann
Just stand. Bend. Balance. -- Lisa Mcmann
Does not like.
To be called.
Buffy. -- Lisa Mcmann
I've always found teenagers really interesting. I think they've got so much going on in their lives, so that lends itself really well to fiction because there's so much drama, so much activity, so much growth. -- Lisa Mcmann
Shred my beard and call me Ishmael!" the captain shouted. He -- Lisa Mcmann
Hell I wish all guys could just cry and not have it be such a big stupid deal. Shed a tear. Be a man. Whatever. -- Lisa Mcmann
I don't see a day when teenagers don't read. They are very enthusiastic. That is so inspiring to me. -- Lisa Mcmann
Who hasn't had the 'I went to school/work in my underwear' dream? -- Lisa Mcmann
Captain gives her a hard look. "You know what shit is? Killing three innocent people. Think your life is bad now, try living with that." Her voice is harsh. -- Lisa Mcmann
One of my favorite ways to write paranormal, as in the 'Wake' trilogy, is to write very normal characters with just a hint of something other-worldly. Like somewhere, maybe, someone really can get sucked into other people's dreams. -- Lisa Mcmann
I went to Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, and to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. -- Lisa Mcmann
She finds Snickers bars in the strangest places.
(She knows it's from him.)
(She wonders if they're laced with pot.) -- Lisa Mcmann
Whatever problems you may face, you must know this: I do believe in you. -- Lisa Mcmann
Time to stop crying, time to get her act together and do something. Time to move beyond the pity party. -- Lisa Mcmann
The thought of being with Shay Wilder makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a butter knife -- Lisa Mcmann
People who care about each other don't hurt each other or make each other feel small. -- Lisa Mcmann
I know it's hard when things like this happen. It's painful. Sometimes we make sacrifices. Sometimes we lose dear friends whom we love deeply, and that makes us want to hold our other loved ones closer so we don't lose them, too. -- Lisa Mcmann
[Redacted] felt a certain heaviness descend upon his shoulders and a loneliness rise to his throat, and instead of embracing the familial moment, he turned away, overwhelmed by it. -- Lisa Mcmann
But then you slammed a door handle into my gut. And when a girl does that to a guy; it means she likes him. -- Lisa Mcmann
So what, then? Pete? Clyde?"
Cabel rolls over, pretending to sleep.
"It's Fred, isn't it?"
"You named your thing Janie?" She giggles.
Cabel groans deeply. "Go to sleep. -- Lisa Mcmann
Sawyer turned our friendship off like a faucet, but I can't help it - my faucet of love has a really bad leak. -- Lisa Mcmann
Passion is what must take the place of fury. Passion makes us want to live another day, to try to do the right thing. Passion contains love and fear and anger and motivation. Passion keeps you fighting when you want to give up. -- Lisa Mcmann
Maybe broken hearts can mend more easily than broken hands and eyes -- Lisa Mcmann
I would like to be able to disappear whenever I do something dorky. -- Lisa Mcmann
Please", I scoff. "Dot-com jokes are so two visions ago. Stay on your toes, Angotti, or you're off the team. -- Lisa Mcmann
NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE -- Lisa Mcmann
I would love to go to Greece. -- Lisa Mcmann
Hey Cabe?" she says, drying her hair, feeling refreshed. Grinning. Putting all thoughts but one aside for the moment. "You wanna go get Jimmy a raincoat and we'll take care of you?"
Cabel looks at her.
Turns his head and narrows his eyes.
Who the hell is Jimmy? -- Lisa Mcmann
It's the touching they both long for. The holding. Spent their whole lives, each without any. -- Lisa Mcmann
I just hope God doesn't get all the credit for bringing me home, because I sure hitchhiked a hell of a long ways and walked my frozen feet off to get here. -- Lisa Mcmann
If you want to touch me, Kendall, touch me. Don't hide behind those little girl slaps. -- Lisa Mcmann
I vividly remember sixth grade. It's the year when kids turn mean, and it's definitely no longer okay to cry in public. So we force our hot tears back, and they burn our throats all the way down. -- Lisa Mcmann
Janie: So you're a double agent? Cabel: Sure.That sounds sexy. -- Lisa Mcmann
Janie's hip buzzes again. Maybe
she'll have to have her whole leg amputated, she thinks sadly. That
would really suck. -- Lisa Mcmann
You're asking for trouble, Hannagan," he growls.
"And you would be ... ?" Janie asks. She giggles.
"Trouble. -- Lisa Mcmann
She gets to school late. Bashful gives her a tardy, and won't reconsider.
Janie always hated Bashful.
Stupidest. Dwarf. Ever. -- Lisa Mcmann
Cabel flicks his fingers at her, spraying her with water. Grinning. "Sure. I think I'm pretty lucky. I bet blind people have great sex. I'll even wear a blindfold so it's fair." He bumps his hips lightly against hers. -- Lisa Mcmann
Or maybe she wants to believe that he found her on purpose. Even Janie can have her dreams. -- Lisa Mcmann
I lurve you, circus freak," Cabel says.
It almost hurts to hear him say that.
I lurve you, too, you big lumpy monster man," Janie says.
That hurts even more to say. -- Lisa Mcmann
The phone rings.
"Asshole," she mutters. She picks it up.
"Will you let me explain?"
"No." She hangs up. -- Lisa Mcmann
Because our power is motivating, and gives momentum and ownership of changes to those who dream of failure. -- Lisa Mcmann
I am alrrready herrre forrr you, Alex. Wheneverrr you need me, as long as you need me. And even longerrr," he said. "It is my duty. But it's also my pleasurrre. -- Lisa Mcmann
Read if you believe -- Lisa Mcmann
Dreams aren't memories," he says. -- Lisa Mcmann
He kisses her. She kisses him. They kiss. -- Lisa Mcmann
Carrie doesn't seem to talk about anything with sharp edges. Maybe she's afraid they might poke her and then she'd burst. -- Lisa Mcmann
Ruined by the truth -- Lisa Mcmann
She opens her eyes slowly. It takes her a moment to adjust to the bright kitchen light, shining in her eyes. "Can we rearrange the furniture this weekend?" she asks sleepily. "So when I sleep out here, you don't shine all of Satan's fiery hell lights in my eyes first thing in the morning? -- Lisa Mcmann
I know i'll screw up. But i'll keep trying, as long as you let me. -- Lisa Mcmann
I love Chris Crutcher, Sara Zarr, Lois Lowry, Elizabeth Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Gordon Korman, Michelle Magorian, Heather Bouwman. -- Lisa Mcmann
He moves like a dancer. -- Lisa Mcmann
If you believe you can read you can -- Lisa Mcmann
Go force your condescending man-logic on the next house. You can go now. -- Lisa Mcmann
I was a blueberry picker, bindery worker, bookstore clerk and later manager, and a Realtor. -- Lisa Mcmann
It's just the end of some things. And the beginning of others. -- Lisa Mcmann
-I'm not creative like you.-
-Of course you are!-
-I don't sing or draw or act or play an instrument. I can't make things.-
-That's not what 'creative' means, you know. Creativity is in everything.- -- Lisa Mcmann
Dreams happen in the strangest places. Watch for them. -- Lisa Mcmann
-But now we worry - what if we will never die?-
-Would that be a bad thing?-
-For me, yes. I would not want to go on and on forever. Would you? Think about it.- -- Lisa Mcmann
I highly regret this day in advance. -- Lisa Mcmann
Nearly every notable event in 'Wake' has a date or a time stamp. -- Lisa Mcmann
Jacian Obregon. It sounds like a melody. Or a tragedy. -- Lisa Mcmann
Oh baby, he whispers. Steps back. Out of the doorway. His face ashen. He walks slowly back to the kitchen. Leans over the counter. Puts his head in his hands. His hair falls over his fingers.
The bathroom door clicks shut.
She stays there for a long time.
He's pulling his hair out. -- Lisa Mcmann
Every time Sky smiled at him, he felt like he lost half his brain. -- Lisa Mcmann
Even if you made them up, I'd listen to all your stories until there were no more, and then demand you begin again. -- Lisa Mcmann
So, ah, I'm not sure if you know this, but you're not wearing a shirt."
"Distracting, isn't it? -- Lisa Mcmann
I had one of those defining moments in the fourth grade when my teacher said the story I wrote was the best in the class, and therefore I would be going Young Authors Conference where I'd get to hang out with authors all day. -- Lisa Mcmann
-Clive -- Lisa Mcmann
You could have been one of us." "Death would've been a better option. -- Lisa Mcmann
No rash decisions. No big commitments. Each day as it comes. -- Lisa Mcmann
But everything came flooding back too fast. Meghan was still unconscious, Sam and Lani were still missing, Simber was still at the bottom of the ocean, and Mr. Today -- Lisa Mcmann
Because if you don't have at least one person believing in you, then there's not much reason to give a shit about anything. -- Lisa Mcmann
Feels like I'm in a play and I don't know all my lines. -- Lisa Mcmann
A trapped soul waits for redemption. It waits. And waits. For her to take her last breath. -- Lisa Mcmann
And so it was that in the midst of chaos and color and light, in the glorious rebirth of a magical world, there remained two small vessels dark and drained. And those vessels were the heart and the soul of a brokenhearted young mage, sobbing alone in the sand. -- Lisa Mcmann
There will always be times we struggle, make bad decisions, even fail. What's important is not that we fail, but that we learn and grow. And that we know that there is alway someone out there who believes in us. -- Lisa Mcmann
...trying to think of every good thing he had inside himself that he could transfer into the creature. Things like the wisdom he had gained since coming to Artime, and the experience of deepest sorrow, which can only come from deepest love. -- Lisa Mcmann
The squirrelicorns contained their horror like professionals and confirmed that they understood completely. -- Lisa Mcmann
Cabel gives her a quizzical look. I am totally not getting enough attention here. -- Lisa Mcmann
No choice is best -- Lisa Mcmann
To Aaron, it didn't seem logical to hope anyone would do anything - did it? Either Aaron would come back or he wouldn't and the rock would have to be fine either way. Hope was a waste of time. -- Lisa Mcmann
With practice, you will master your own dreams. -- Lisa Mcmann