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Chapter Fourteen :: June by Carrie Rollwagen
July 6, 2009, 5:01 am
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LAMER THAN LAME :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGENpodcast_itunes

We could be happy. I could be the one you’re looking for.

I DON’T KNOW HOW I LET MYSELF get talked into going shopping with Josh and Bryanna before my first shift at Hot Topic. My nerves are already going crazy, I couldn’t sleep last night. I picked out about seven different outfits, all versions of the t-shirt and jeans combo. Steph lent me her Ramones shirt, since my first day is a special occasion and all, but this morning it just seemed wrong. Like I’m trying too hard. I pulled on a boring black t-shirt, jeans, and my old Converse instead.
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Chapter Ten :: June by Carrie Rollwagen

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNE :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGEN podcast_itunes

STEPHANIE AND I ARE IN LINE at Cinnabon—why is there ALWAYS a long line at Cinnabon?—and she’s playing with my new iPod Touch.

My parents bought me an iPod Touch for my birthday. That was, like, really cool of them and everything, except that I can already tell I’m going to break it in about five minutes, and I don’t really know what the point of it is. Why not just get me an iPhone? It’s so like them to get close to the mark while still missing it completely.

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Chapter Four :: June by Carrie Rollwagen
April 27, 2009, 5:00 am
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GAME OVER :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGENpodcast_itunes

I EXPECTED STEPHANIE TO BE MAD that I won’t apply for jobs at Hot Topic. I just didn’t think she’d be this mad.

I wish she could be happy with my real reasons for not applying: “I don’t want to,” and “I’m underage.” Apparently, those don’t cut it, so I’ve just told her that my dad won’t let me work until I’m sixteen.

“June, don’t you dare blame this on somebody else,” Stephanie’s saying to me — yelling at me, actually. “Don’t blame this on your dad. This is about you, and how you won’t get out of your own little world.”

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Chapter Two :: June by Carrie Rollwagen

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FAKE BOYFRIENDS AND FRAPPUCCINOS :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGEN podcast_itunes


BLOCKBUSTER. KMART. STRIP MALL. APPLEBEE’S. BIG LOTS. STRIP MALL. What it lacks in topography, pancake-flat Florida makes up for in chains. The stores going by my car window are all the same — boxy, unimaginative, predictable. I kind of like the conformity, even though it contradicts my punk-rock roots. Mediocrity can be comforting.

And, by the way, I don’t really have punk-rock roots.

I’m trying to meditate on the meaning of existence — or at least the meaning of Applebee’s — but my mom’s in the driver’s seat (literally and figuratively), and she won’t stop trying to engage me in conversation. She has a way of staying silent until I’m sliding happily into a train of thought, then breaking out with some conversational gem.

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