TITLE: LYING 101
GENRE: Contemporary YA
July 11, 2008
All these kids are so . . . wholesome.
I wish Mom hadn’t forced me to come to this place. She only wants to brag to her friends about me getting accepted into the program. “You have such a lovely, talented girl,” they’ll say—then turn around and talk crap about us both.
I’m a fraud. And this is prison.
These kids make me want to puke. Or maybe that’s the dining hall food. Will the directors send me home a week early if I claim dysentery?
Last night, we all sat around in the common room watching TV. One of those condom commercials with the pigs came on, and my body burned. Didn’t I laugh at this commercial six months ago?
Are the other girls staring at me? I can’t tell. Most of them sit behind me. I’m positive their eyes—all in sync— brand a scarlet “P” on my back. They’ve secretly called me out on my bulls*** lie.
It terrifies me.
If someone confronts me, I’ll keep lying.
There’s a dance tonight. I brought my prom dress. Perhaps it will zip if I’m lucky. Suck it in, hoebag . . . it’s not too obvious!
The fuchsia journal, littered with random doodles and sketches, was a heavy weight in my hands. I skimmed over the condemning words—hating myself a little more. My sloppy scrawl screamed at me, “Do the right thing!” Too bad it didn’t specify what that was.
I was dying to know.