"Leah looked at her parents, lost in their own fantasies, and decided that the three of them were a pretty pathetic family - but she wasn't sure who was more pathetic: the dateless girl spending the night of the big dance by herself in her bedroom, or the parents who foolishly believed a boy would arrive on their doorstep with flowers, a limo, and a promise to rescue their daughter from her solitude."
"Stacey muttered, 'But I hate this school, and this city, and the sooner I leave, the better. I want to start over in a new place. I haven't . . .' her voice trailed off and she looked away from Jason, hoping instead to find her words among the falling raindrops. 'Do you ever feel like you aren't the person you're supposed to be? That you could be a different person - and have a better life - if things had been just a little different?'"