Every time I break out of what is expected of me and do what feels right, I feel stronger.

Seein' this house, this life…I want to be here with you, but I look around and realize this will never be me.

Carlos, are we in complete understanding with each other?

Gettin' near the fire, chica, doesn't necessarily mmean you'll get burned.

I'm in deep shit Alex, 'cause I think I'd like nothin' better than to wake up with her every mornin'.

Guys are control freaks and hate when other people know what's best for them.

Isn't that why we're put on this earth to begin with, to make it a better place? It's not a religious quest; it's a humanitarian one.

You look like a hot tamale.

Is that your cheap way of telling me you want to kiss me?

Who am I kidding? I have no reason for being here other that the fact that I want to be near her.

You're gonna have to talk to me at some point.

And for those of you who want to start any trouble, I have a zero tolerance policy. . . .

I want to be wherever you are.

Don't be afraid to be unique. Love yourself before you love another.

I realise it's going to happen. This girl of my dreams, this girl who is more like me than anyone I've ever met, wants to kiss me.

You can't keep her.

God take care of him, because he's my past and my future.

Alex, Add it up. No matter how much you want her in your life, she doesn't belong. A triangle can't fit into a square. Just pointing out the facts.

The percentage of couples who stay together after high school is, like, less than five percent, you guys.

It's as if I'm taking away his pain and he's taking away mine.

Do I hear a challenge? she whispers, Oh, Carlos. You know I can't resist a challenge.

There's a point when you have to stop fightin' the whole world.

The threat of taking something away makes us appreciate it more.

She looks up at me with those vulnerable eyes. What if it means something? She asks.

Tell me she doesn't have her hand in his back pocket. That is so lame.

I love you because you're the only person I want to make love to without any conditions and—and I love that you need me.

I'll go along with pretending this thing between us is temporary and casual, but every time we're together it feels too right to be temporary or casual.

It's like a fuckin' parade of white folks, one whiter than the next.

During chemistry, it's another experiment/observation. Alex swirls test tubes full of silver nitrate and potassium chloride liquids. Looks like they're both water to me, Mrs. P., Alex says.

No, the next time i kiss you it'll last a long, long time. And then when we're done you're gonna realize being turned on is not about experience.

Promise me it won't mean anything.

In the end everything will be okay. But hurdles have to be jumped through first.

I understand the reasons behind his keeping a distance from a girl he cares about. Because the truth is, sometimes getting close to the fire does actually burn you.

Hold on tight, he says, pulling my hands around his waist. The simple feel of his strong hands resting on top of mine is intensely intimate. I wonder if he's feeling these emotions, too, but dismiss the thought. Alex Fuentes is a hard guy. Experienced. The mere touch of hands isn't going to make his stomach flutter.

Alex whispers, There's a thin line between love and hate. Maybe you're confusing your emotions.

Senior year for me is like a retirement party for a sixty-five-year-old. You know you can do more, but everyone expects you to quit.

I should be surprised you're calling me. But I'm not, she says.

Secrets she'll take to the grave and secrets she's dying to share.

I don't want to point out her flaws, but if I see her going on a self-destructive path, isn't it up to me as her friend to stop her?

Brit, this is Perry Landis, Doug says, pointing to the Colin look-alike. The artist.

Since you came back from summer break, our entire relationship is about fooling around. We never talk anymore, and I'm sick of feeling guilty for not ripping my clothes off and spreading my legs to prove I love you.

What’s goin’ on? I ask as I take a seat.

Marry me, Kiara, he blurts out in front of everyone.

Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her?

Let me get someone to drive you home, I say before my fucked-up mind thinks of a million ways I could violate her tonight. I'm buzzed from alcohol and high, too. When I have sex with this girl, I want all my faculties.

He may be out of my life physically, but he'll always be a part of me. I can't let him go even if I tried. Alex took a piece of my heart, but that doesn't mean my life has to be on hold. I can't keep running after ghosts.

Care to share with me what happened in the parking lot? I'd like to hear your side, Aguirre says.

You once told me that I make you believe in the impossible. You make me believe in love, which I'd given up on. Thank you for proving to me it's not just a fairy tale.

He has no clue that I have the patience of a saint. At least that's what Carlos says, although that isn't saying much, considering his fuse is about as short as an eyelash.