In 1953, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme met in Christchurch, New Zealand. The two girls grew so attached it frightened their parents. The Hulmes made plans to remove Juliet to South Africa, indefinitely separating her from Pauline. But Juliet, 15 at the time, and Pauline, 16, were determined not to be parted.… »
We want to believe our most intimate friendships are inevitable. A bond so essential couldn’t be tethered to circumstance, could it? In a different context, surely our best friends would share with us the same vital companionship; in a different kind of muck, among different haters, we’d stumble onto common ground.
There's something fundamentally lonely about being a teenage girl: at least, the kind of teenage girl who is not only odd but who also knows it, who cultivates her oddness with jealous resolve while floundering under the burden of its social ramifications. This kind of girl both loves and loathes her loneliness; she… »