1. “The Sea of Tranquility” by Katja Millay
“Just so you know,” I inform him, “one day, I’m going to get tired of sharing your affection with that coffee table and I’m going to make you choose.” “Just so you know,” he mimics me, “I would chop that table up and use it for firewood before I would ever choose anything over you.”
2. “Like No Other” by Una LaMarche
Something my mom likes to say when she’s up on her equal-opportunity soapbox floats through my head: “People have enough reasons not to like you just based on how you look; don’t give them any more based on how you act.”
3. “Graffiti Moon” by Cath Crowley
“You don’t have to love someone to have sex with them.”
“I know that,” I say, trying to act like I’m not embarrassed for thinking love and sex are the same thing. I know they’re not but I want them to be close enough to at least brush each other as they pass.
4. “My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga
“I wish I could draw you how I see you. I’d draw a boy with the most magnetic smile, and the kindest hands, and eyes that are gloomy, but can sometimes be bright. I’d draw a boy who deserves to see the ocean.”
5. “Sex & Violence” by Carrie Mesrobian
Clearly, relationships were a big ball of insanity.