"Don't. It's your life, not theirs."
"Right," she said. She nodded. "It is, isn't it?"
Her determination, combined with her sweetness, disarmed him.
"And seriously, doesn't Project Unity sound awesome?" she said. "Tessa doesn't understand why I'd want to live in a developing country, but I'm excited. Going someplace totally new, where you can start fresh and do good things and be whoever you wantdoesn't that sound amazing?"
Wren sounded amazing, talking about it. Wren was amazing.
Charlie's thoughts went to Starrla Pettit, who was the only other girl in his life, the only girl who served as a point of reference. Except Charlie didn't want Starrla to be his point of reference, and she wasn't in his life, not in that way. Except, she was Charlie'swhat? What was Starrla to him, exactly?
Ah, shit. Charlie had no idea what he and Starrla were to each other.
But Starrla worked part-time at Rite Aid, and, starting next week, she was going to be bumped up to full-time, with benefits and a regular schedule. Charlie was glad for her. He hoped it worked out. He hoped she didn't screw it up.
Working at Rite Aidhell, there was nothing wrong with that. If anything, he felt bad that Starrla didn't have the luxury of considering anything else, even if it was unlikely she ever would.
Wren wanted to do more, though. Wren wanted to save the world.
"Forget it," she said before he got around to responding. "You probably think putting off college is impractical, and that going to Guatemala is . . ." She sighed. "You think I'm crazy, huh?"
"No," Charlie said. "I think" His voice sounded ragged. He shook his head, knowing he was trying too hard but unable to stop himself. "I think you're wonderful."
Excerpted from The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. Copyright © 2013 by Lauren Myracle. Excerpted by permission of Amulet Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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