❝ boys like him won't come enclosed in your dreams, or even packages topped with ribbons or bows. boys like him come with girls blood on their knuckles and lust-filled eyes. they will flaunt their lies at you and play with your hair, or amuse themselves with their mind games. and the cycle will continue until you're the girl underneath them on a thursday night. they will leak 'i love yous' into your skin with their soft lips and they will get tangled in between your fingers. they will drain the universe that has been made up in your eyes. they will falsely love you until your blood is replaced with venom; they will desire you only when the hickeys from coral lips arise along your body. boys like him perch like owls in a tree, they scope out weakness - vulnerability. boys like him destroy girls like you. So just focus on this reputation of yours and making this family look good, because a boy like him will never love you. ❞
Excerpt: spoken by, Ivanna's mother, Meredith.