Turtles All the Way Down

by

John Green

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Daisy is Aza's best friend. She is bubbly, outgoing, and absolutely loves boys and Star Wars. Her life motto is "break hearts, not promises." She writes weekly installments of an ongoing fanfiction about Chewbacca's love life and is diligent about replying to reader comments about the story. The story features a character named Ayala, who shares all of Aza's personality traits that Daisy finds insufferable. When Daisy hears that Pickett Engineering is offering a reward for information that helps the investigation to find the disappeared Mr. Pickett, Daisy ropes Aza into her plan to find Mr. Pickett and get rich. When Davis gives Aza and Daisy money to keep quiet about what they discover about Mr. Pickett, Daisy uses her half of the money to get on more equal footing with Aza: she quits her job at Chuck E. Cheese's, buys a car, and buys a laptop. When Aza tells Daisy that she finds these choices irresponsible, Daisy finally admits that she thinks Aza self-centered, spoiled, and thinks she's a horrible friend. They make up after Aza recovers from their car accident, and Daisy decides to kill off Ayala in her fanfiction. Daisy is adamant throughout the novel that being poor doesn't make a person noble.

Daisy Quotes in Turtles All the Way Down

The Turtles All the Way Down quotes below are all either spoken by Daisy or refer to Daisy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

... and meanwhile I was thinking that if half the cells inside of you are not you, doesn't that challenge the whole notion of me as a singular pronoun, let alone the author of my fate?

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy, Mychal
Page Number: 5
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Chapter 3 Quotes

I've got a theory about uniforms. I think they design them so that you become, like, a nonperson, so that you're not Daisy Ramirez, a Human Being, but instead a thing that brings people pizza and exchanges their tickets for plastic dinosaurs. It's like the uniform is designed to hide me.

Related Characters: Daisy (speaker), Aza Holmes
Page Number: 20
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Chapter 6 Quotes

And he was obviously a person. Like, what even makes you a person? He had a body and a soul and feelings, and he spoke a language, and he was an adult, and if he and Rey were in hot, hairy, communicative love, then let's just thank God that two consenting, sentient adults found each other in a dark and broken galaxy.

Related Characters: Daisy (speaker), Aza Holmes
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I'd probably killed myself with sepsis because of some stupid childhood ritual that didn't even prove what I wanted it to prove, because what I wanted to know was unknowable, because there was no way to be sure about anything.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy
Page Number: 130
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"I know you think you're poor or whatever, but you know nothing about being actually poor."
"Okay, I'll shut up about it," I said.
"You're so stuck in your own head," she continued. "It's like you genuinely can't think about anyone else." I felt like I was getting smaller.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy (speaker)
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 16 Quotes

When I was little, I knew monsters weren't, like, real. But I also knew I could be hurt by things that weren't real. I knew that made-up things mattered, and could kill you.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy, Ayala
Page Number: 196
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It's just, like, this isn't going to be some story where the poor, penniless girl gets rich and then realizes that truth matters more than money and establishes her heroism by going back to being the poor, penniless girl, okay?

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy, Davis Pickett, Sr.
Page Number: 199
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Chapter 21 Quotes

My whole life I thought I was the star of an overly earnest romance movie, and it turns out I was in a goddamned buddy comedy all along.

Related Characters: Daisy (speaker), Aza Holmes
Page Number: 241
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Chapter 22 Quotes

You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your own.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Daisy, Mychal
Page Number: 257
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Daisy Character Timeline in Turtles All the Way Down

The timeline below shows where the character Daisy appears in Turtles All the Way Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...She tries not to think about it. She's sitting with Mychal, an artistic friend, and Daisy, her best friend since elementary school. Aza shivers as she realizes she can hear the... (full context)
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Daisy interrupts Aza's reverie by asking if she went to camp with Davis Pickett. Aza assures... (full context)
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...night before a police raid was planned to bring him in on charges of bribery. Daisy seems to want Aza to say something, but Aza can't figure out what because she's... (full context)
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Aza only partially hears Daisy make some suggestions to Mychal about his art project. Aza wonders if "me" should still... (full context)
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Daisy turns back to Mychal and Aza fears she's going to vomit. Daisy asks Aza if... (full context)
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As Aza gets up to throw her sandwich away, Daisy asks Aza (calling her Holmesy, and refers to her by this nickname for much of... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...if Aza is going straight home after work, and Aza explains her after-school plan with Daisy. When Aza says that Daisy is working at Chuck E. Cheese's to save money for... (full context)
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After school, Aza finds Daisy already sitting in Aza's car (which she calls Harold) drinking a carton of school milk.... (full context)
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...from the player. Aza says that this imperfect system changed her life as she and Daisy scan radio stations. Daisy stops on a news report about Davis Pickett Sr., who disappeared... (full context)
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Daisy yells excitedly that Aza knew Mr. Pickett's son. Aza explains to the reader that for... (full context)
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Daisy continues to talk about the reward money, and Aza says she has homework and can't... (full context)
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Daisy insists that she and Aza now have a lead. She tells Aza to exit off... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...sewage because every time it rains, the sewer overflows into the river. When Aza and Daisy get to Aza's house, Aza pries open the garage door and parks Harold. Inside, Aza... (full context)
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Mom's closet is filled with ugly clothes, and Daisy decides she'll stick with the uniform. Aza hears Mom get home and feels nervous. Daisy... (full context)
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Aza remembers playing on the river with Daisy when they were little. Daisy would throw daddy longlegs spiders at Aza. Aza would run... (full context)
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Daisy explains that the White River is the only reason Indianapolis exists. Right after Indiana became... (full context)
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As Aza and Daisy float down the river, Aza looks up through dead tree branches that fracture the sky.... (full context)
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After sitting for a while, Aza and Daisy wade through the river until they get to the bank of the river. Aza climbs... (full context)
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...after the photo of Mr. Pickett) won't load. Aza is calm as she waits, but Daisy is obviously agitated and runs off. When the photo finally loads, Aza sees it is... (full context)
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The man in the golf cart calls down to Aza and Daisy from the top of the wall. Daisy explains that their canoe has a hole in... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Lyle drives Aza and Daisy down a path through the Pickett estate. Aza notices that the estate is more majestic... (full context)
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Lyle, Aza, and Daisy drive by the pool. The island in the middle is now covered in a geodesic... (full context)
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...is her favorite soda. Aza says yes, Lyle goes to fetch the Dr. Peppers, and Daisy looks at Aza with an I-told-you-so expression before wandering off. Davis says he's not good... (full context)
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...in touch over the last week but insists he doesn't know where his father is. Daisy suddenly appears and explains the "truth”: she heard about Mr. Pickett on the radio, Aza... (full context)
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...a lot of money. He insists that his dad will get away with his escape. Daisy appears with a man whom Davis introduces as Malik, their zoologist. Daisy says they're going... (full context)
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...Malik locates the tuatara, a female reptile named Tua, and brings her to the girls. Daisy pets the tuatara, but Aza refuses. Malik explains some facts about tuatara and asks again... (full context)
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Davis has to get something from the house, and Daisy pushes Aza to go with him. When they enter the house, Davis’s little brother, Noah,... (full context)
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...manager and is kind of a parent, though she only stays until six at night. Daisy is leaning against Davis’s Escalade, and Lyle tells Davis to be safe as they all... (full context)
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Davis says that it's exhausting to have everyone watching him all the time. Daisy suggests that they all think Davis knows where Mr. Pickett is, but Davis insists he... (full context)
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At Aza's house, Daisy gets out of the Escalade. Aza takes Davis’s phone to type in her phone number.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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As Aza drives Daisy home, they argue about whether or not Aza has a crush on Davis. Daisy declares... (full context)
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Daisy asks Aza if she knows who will inherit Mr. Pickett's fortune when he dies. Aza... (full context)
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Daisy wonders if Davis would turn in Mr. Pickett if he knew where his father was.... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...next day after school, Aza changes her Band-Aid before heading out to Harold. Aza texts Daisy and asks her if she wants to do homework at Applebee's later. They agree to... (full context)
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...home. She feels better after her drive. When Aza gets home, she has texts from Daisy saying that Daisy drew the short straw and had to wear the Chuckie costume, but... (full context)
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...from the Pickett estate brought over their fixed canoe and told her that Aza and Daisy hit a rock on the river. Mom asks if Aza had wanted to run into... (full context)
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Aza and Mom cook dinner, watch TV, and do dishes. Finally, Daisy texts and says she's at Applebee's. Aza tells the reader that the year before, a... (full context)
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Holly, Daisy and Aza's usual server, approaches the table. Aza stops Daisy from asking Holly if she's... (full context)
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Daisy says that on her break at work, she read up on wills. She found out... (full context)
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...Pickett went missing. Hard as she tries, Aza can't find more of Davis’s online presence. Daisy suddenly calls Aza's attention back to Applebee's. Aza tells Daisy what she found and Daisy... (full context)
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Daisy smiles a big, victorious smile. Aza notices her crooked teeth. Daisy explains that she tricked... (full context)
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Holly drops off the check and Aza puts her mom's debit card down, noting that Daisy never has money. Daisy angrily explains that the guy she's arguing with is saying she... (full context)
Chapter 7
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At her locker, Aza looks up the reporter that Daisy phished and sees that he appears to still have his job. Mychal jogs up to... (full context)
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When Aza gets in Harold after school, Daisy scares her by appearing out of her backseat. After Aza recovers, they discover that they... (full context)
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Later that night, Daisy calls Aza and says that she spoke with the tip line. She discovered that it's... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The next morning at school, Daisy announces she has a crisis. She explains that she agreed to a date with Mychal,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...disguise her disappointment at Aza's decision to wear makeup. Aza explains she's having dinner with Daisy, Mychal, and Davis, and deflects when Mom asks if she's dating Davis. Mom says that... (full context)
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Aza is the last to arrive at Applebee's and takes a seat next to Mychal. Daisy begins a conversation of whether Wookiees are people, and Davis eagerly joins in. Mychal tells... (full context)
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Daisy tries to include Aza by asking about her internet usage, but Aza insists she doesn't... (full context)
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Daisy announces that they should do something like see a movie. Davis suggests they go to... (full context)
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...a walk outside and uses his phone, connected to the house's sound system, to tell Daisy and Mychal that they're going outside. (full context)
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...saw the picture from the night vision camera, though Aza insists that she won't let Daisy turn in the picture. Davis insists he can't trust her, and says the picture won't... (full context)
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Aza sprints with the bag back to the house. She runs upstairs, hears Daisy talking behind a closed door, and opens it to find Daisy and Mychal kissing. Daisy... (full context)
Chapter 10
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The next morning, Aza texts Daisy to call her when she can. Daisy calls immediately and begins rambling about her fantastic... (full context)
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Daisy arrives a bit later, and Aza calls her over to get in the car, where... (full context)
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Holly is shocked when Daisy and Aza order sodas. Daisy upgrades her side to onion rings, and tells Holly she... (full context)
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...her the notes off Mr. Pickett's phone. Aza says she feels bad for Noah, but Daisy insists that he isn't their problem since they're rich now. Aza insists that $50,000 apiece... (full context)
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Daisy says that Aza is a good friend because she shared the money and asks if... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...and away from Mom to talk to him. Aza asks if splitting the money with Daisy was okay. Mr. Morris says he doesn't care. He explains that he set up an... (full context)
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Aza feels fine the next day until she and Daisy are in Harold on their way to the bank. Daisy chatters about how her most... (full context)
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When Aza takes the Band-Aid off, her finger is red and inflamed. She shows Daisy and says it's a sign of infection. Aza puts hand sanitizer and a fresh Band-Aid... (full context)
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At the bank, Daisy introduces herself to a teller. They escort Daisy and Aza to a private office and... (full context)
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As Aza drives to Daisy's apartment, she keeps forgetting where and why she is where she is. After she drops... (full context)
Chapter 12
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On Thursday morning, an orange VW Beetle is parked in Aza's school parking spot. Daisy is in the driver's seat. Aza reminds Daisy that the banker said to not spend... (full context)
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...comes up from the depths of the college guide at lunch, when she listens to Daisy tell the table about purchasing her car. Aza texts Davis and asks what time she... (full context)
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Daisy and Aza go to Aza's house after school. Daisy comments that school is much easier... (full context)
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Daisy scrolls through comments as Aza tries to read for school. Finally, Daisy says that it's... (full context)
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In the theater, Davis asks how Aza can be friends with Daisy and not like space operas. Aza worries that they're both trying to act normal, when... (full context)
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Before school on Monday, Aza tells Daisy about kissing Davis and texting him. Daisy says that kissing is gross when Aza describes... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...the medication and changing the Band-Aid kind of worked. One night, Aza begins to read Daisy's fanfiction. The most recent story, narrated by Rey, tells about Rey, Chewbacca, and their companion... (full context)
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...Rey and Chewbacca. Many of the comments say that people love to hate Ayala, and Daisy has replied positively to most of them. Aza reads a bunch of stories and learns... (full context)
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When Aza sees Daisy at school, she feels like Daisy is only right to deal with her by creating... (full context)
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After school, Aza mostly watches Daisy watch Attack of the Clones and scrolls through articles about Mr. Pickett's disappearance. Daisy says... (full context)
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A minute later, Daisy pauses the movie and says that in their real-life situation, the girl isn't going to... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...playing video games and he and Aza walk outside. Aza tells Davis that she read Daisy's fanfiction and hates Ayala. Davis insists that he likes Ayala. (full context)
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Instead of going to sleep, Aza decides to read more of Daisy's fanfiction. She wonders how Davis can find Ayala charming, since Aza finds her self-centered and... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...she slept through her alarm. Aza makes it to school a half hour later, where Daisy tells her she looks sleepy. Daisy asks if they can hang out at Applebee's later.... (full context)
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When Daisy gets into Harold, Aza quietly tells her that she barely changed her name in the... (full context)
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Daisy apologizes for the mustard comment, but continues. She says that Aza doesn't even know Daisy’s... (full context)
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...can't decide if she deserves this or not as she merges onto the highway. As Daisy starts up again, Aza turns to her and asks her to imagine what it's like... (full context)
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Daisy asks Aza if she's okay. Aza feels dizzy from the pain and sees spots in... (full context)
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...that Dad's phone is broken. Mom assures Aza that it's okay and collapses, crying, into Daisy. Daisy has a red welt on her collarbone from her seatbelt. A nurse takes Aza... (full context)
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Daisy leaves once Aza goes upstairs. Mom falls asleep in the recliner next to the hospital... (full context)
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Aza's thoughts spiral: she thinks that Daisy hates her, remembers Davis's tongue, and thinks about Mom's warm breath. She thinks about her... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...a great detective in the process. She walks into the sunset with either Davis or Daisy and realizes she has control over her thoughts. (full context)
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...of bed except to use the bathroom. This continues for two weeks. Aza doesn't allow Daisy or Davis to visit, and doesn't read or watch TV. She keeps her phone off... (full context)
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Daisy waits for Aza on the front steps. Aza notices that she got a haircut as... (full context)
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Aza tries to apologize again, but Daisy cuts her off. She insists that she wants to be buried next to Aza, and... (full context)
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Daisy says that the breakup with Mychal made the lunch table awkward, so they're going to... (full context)
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At lunch, Aza and Daisy sit outside eating leftover pizza. Daisy says she's been thinking a lot about how Mr.... (full context)
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Aza asks what Daisy's parents do. Daisy laughs. Her dad works at the State Museum, and her mom works... (full context)
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Daisy asks about Davis, but Aza hasn't talked to him or anyone else. Daisy asks Aza... (full context)
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Daisy says she wishes she understood how Aza feels. Aza explains that she doesn't hate herself,... (full context)
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Mychal catches Aza on her way to History and asks her to talk to Daisy about the breakup for him. Aza flags down Daisy and tells her and Mychal to... (full context)
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At lunch the next day, Daisy grabs Aza and asks if she wants to go to a guerilla art show. She... (full context)
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When Daisy and Mychal stop to pick up Aza that night, Aza feels underdressed. In Mychal's minivan,... (full context)
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Mychal parks in a business parking lot. He, Daisy, and Aza get out into a crowd of twenty-somethings and middle-aged couples. A woman approaches... (full context)
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Daisy and Aza make their way down a hill, guided by a waving flashlight beam ahead.... (full context)
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Daisy isn't thrilled, but agrees to go with Aza. Daisy says that she doesn't understand how... (full context)
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As they walk, Daisy asks if Aza would mind if she killed off Ayala. Aza says that she read... (full context)
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Aza admires the view of the city from the mouth of the tunnel. Daisy sits down and she and Aza talk about college and life. Daisy wonders if anyone... (full context)
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Daisy asks what they do as they start walking back to the gallery. Aza says that... (full context)
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...solving mysteries should bring closure, but they really just raise more questions. When she and Daisy find Mychal, they pull him away from the women he's talking to and head out... (full context)
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Later that night, Aza tries to text Davis. He doesn't reply, so she texts Daisy to come over. An hour later, the girls sit on Aza's bed. Aza reads the... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Aza texts Davis with condolences, and assures him that she and Daisy didn't tell the police. He finally texts back that he and Noah told the police.... (full context)
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Aza continues to get better over the next few months. She and Daisy start clubs so they can list extracurriculars on their college applications and hang out at... (full context)
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In April, Aza and Daisy are watching their favorite band perform at an awards show when someone knocks on the... (full context)
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...lizard. The painting will follow Aza from apartment to apartment throughout her life. Aza and Daisy will continue to be best friends. Aza will go to college, get a job, and... (full context)