Turtles All the Way Down

by

John Green

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Davis Pickett Jr. Character Analysis

Davis is Aza's love interest. He comes from a very wealthy family; his father, Davis Pickett Sr., owns the largest engineering firm in Indianapolis. His mother died when he was a child, and he originally met Aza at "sad camp," a camp for children who have lost a parent. He has a plastic Iron Man figure that he's loved since he was a child, and he keeps it for comfort throughout the novel. When Davis's father mysteriously disappears after he's accused of fraud and embezzlement, Davis is thrust into the role of a parent to his thirteen-year-old brother, Noah. He struggles to fill this role alone, but tries to separate himself from other people because he fears people just want to be close to him for his money. He loves astronomy and is blind to the privileges afforded to him because of his wealth. Although he abandons his social media channels after his father disappears, Aza discovers Davis' private and well-hidden blog, where he writes poetry and short musings about his life. More than anything, Davis wishes that his father had been, or would be, a true father figure to him and Noah. He feels unloved because Mr. Pickett leaves his entire estate to a reptile named Tua rather than his sons. When Aza tells Davis that she may have discovered his father's body, Davis finally decides to go to the police and give Noah closure. He moves to Colorado with Noah and finishes high school at a public school after realizing that being a good brother to Noah is more important than money.

Davis Pickett Jr. Quotes in Turtles All the Way Down

The Turtles All the Way Down quotes below are all either spoken by Davis Pickett Jr. or refer to Davis Pickett Jr.. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dutton Books edition of Turtles All the Way Down published in 2017.
Chapter 9 Quotes

... now I was talking about parasite-infected bird feces, which was more or less the opposite of romance, but I couldn't stop myself, because I wanted him to understand that I felt like the fish, like my whole story was written by someone else.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Davis Pickett Jr.
Page Number: 106
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Chapter 12 Quotes

He's, just... I guess at some point, you realize that whoever takes care of you is just a person, and that they have no superpowers and can't actually protect you from getting hurt. Which is one thing. But Noah is starting to understand that maybe the person he thought was a superhero turns out sort of to be the villain.

Related Characters: Davis Pickett Jr. (speaker), Aza Holmes, Davis Pickett, Sr., Noah
Related Symbols: Iron Man
Page Number: 147
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When my thoughts spiraled, I was in the spiral, and of it. And I wanted to tell him that the idea of being in a feeling gave language to something I couldn't describe before, created a form for it, but I couldn't figure out how to say any of that out loud.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Davis Pickett Jr.
Related Symbols: Circles and Spirals
Page Number: 150
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His bacteria would be in me forever, eighty million of them, breeding and growing and joining my bacteria and producing God knows what.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Davis Pickett Jr.
Page Number: 153
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Him: When you're on a Ferris wheel all anyone ever talks about is being on the Ferris wheel and the view from the Ferris wheel and whether the Ferris wheel is scary and how many more times it will go around. Dating is like that. Nobody who's doing it ever talks about anything else.

Related Characters: Davis Pickett Jr. (speaker), Aza Holmes
Related Symbols: Circles and Spirals
Page Number: 162
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Chapter 15 Quotes

As I looked at his face looking at mine, I realized the light that made him visible to me came mostly from a cycle: Our screens were lighting each of us with light from the other's bedroom. I could only see him because he could see me.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Davis Pickett Jr.
Related Symbols: Circles and Spirals
Page Number: 191
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Chapter 24 Quotes

... I realized something Davis must have already known: Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.

Related Characters: Aza Holmes (speaker), Davis Pickett Jr.
Page Number: 280
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Davis Pickett Jr. Character Timeline in Turtles All the Way Down

The timeline below shows where the character Davis Pickett Jr. 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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Daisy interrupts Aza's reverie by asking if she went to camp with Davis Pickett. Aza assures Daisy she's been listening to the conversation, but instead thinks only about... (full context)
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Mychal explains that Davis’s dad, Mr. Pickett, disappeared mysteriously the night before a police raid was planned to bring... (full context)
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...as she continues to spiral anxiously. She thinks that she remembers being at camp with Davis. The two of them didn't talk much, but they looked at the sky together. (full context)
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...life as she and Daisy scan radio stations. Daisy stops on a news report about Davis Pickett Sr., who disappeared mysteriously the night before the police were set to raid his... (full context)
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...explains to the reader that for two years after fifth and sixth grade, she and Davis both went to "Sad Camp," a camp for kids with a deceased parent. They saw... (full context)
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...Daisy asks what billionaire doesn't have security cameras. Aza thinks about it and remembers that Davis and his brother had a motion-activated camera with night vision. (full context)
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...back to Daisy, Daisy asks Aza if she remembers the birthday party. Aza remembers that Davis lost his beloved Iron Man action figure, but Mom found it. Daisy asks Aza again... (full context)
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...Daisy explains that their canoe has a hole in it and that they're friends with Davis Pickett. The man introduces himself as Lyle, head of security, and says he can get... (full context)
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...like staff on the property before dawn or after dark before telling them that if Davis doesn't know the girls, he's taking them to the police station. (full context)
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...geodesic dome, though the waterslides are still there. Lyle drives around to a patio where Davis is reclining on a pool lounger in his school uniform. Davis stands up when he... (full context)
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Davis asks Aza if she can get her a Dr. Pepper, which he says he remembers... (full context)
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Davis explains that he thought of Aza when his father first disappeared. The newscasters kept using... (full context)
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Davis says that many old friends have been in touch over the last week but insists... (full context)
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Aza insists that it's not exactly like The Tempest, and Davis says that Aza looks very grown up. Aza can't decide if she's scared or excited.... (full context)
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Aza stares at Davis, and Davis apologizes for saying that it isn't a lot of money. He insists that... (full context)
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...Malik explains some facts about tuatara and asks again if Aza wants to pet her. Davis offers to give Aza and Daisy a ride home. (full context)
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Davis has to get something from the house, and Daisy pushes Aza to go with him.... (full context)
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Aza picks up the Iron Man figure as Davis comes up behind her. Davis tells her to be careful with "the only physical item... (full context)
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Davis says that it's exhausting to have everyone watching him all the time. Daisy suggests that... (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. When she gives Davis his phone back, he... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Aza drives Daisy home, they argue about whether or not Aza has a crush on Davis. Daisy declares that Davis is part of the "vast boy middle" of boys that would... (full context)
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...few guesses and Daisy says that Tua the tuatara will inherit all of it, not Davis and Noah. Daisy reads a news article from the previous year out loud announcing the... (full context)
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Daisy wonders if Davis would turn in Mr. Pickett if he knew where his father was. Daisy and Aza... (full context)
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...with Mom when she gets home, but she starts to struggle with intrusive thoughts about Davis holding her hand. She explains that she calls the thoughts "invasives," because they take over... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...to meet at 8pm, after Daisy gets off work. Daisy instructs Aza to not text Davis until 24 hours have passed since their last meeting. (full context)
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...hit a rock on the river. Mom asks if Aza had wanted to run into Davis and whether the plan worked, and Aza finally says that she wanted to check on... (full context)
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Aza looks through Davis’s Facebook page and discovers his Instagram username. His Instagram is filled with quotes typed in... (full context)
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...greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another," under which Davis wrote that he cannot at all choose his thoughts. Aza thinks that Davis understands the... (full context)
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...the day Mr. 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... (full context)
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...explains the Wookiee language to Aza. In the Wookiee language, Daisy tells Aza to text Davis. (full context)
Chapter 7
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...sneakily reads it throughout the day. It consists of mostly witness statements from Noah and Davis. Davis’s statement says that it was a normal evening. Noah's statement says that Davis and... (full context)
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...camera. Daisy points out the reward is for information, and Aza insists on talking to Davis about it before they go to the police. She takes Daisy to work. (full context)
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The text is from Davis. He sends several texts wondering if his money is part of who he is, saying... (full context)
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Davis texts that his mom's birthday is today, but Noah barely cares because he never knew... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...with Mychal, but told him it would be a picnic double date with Aza and Davis. Aza says she hates eating outside and asks why they can't go to Applebee's. Daisy... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...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 Aza doesn't talk... (full context)
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...a seat next to Mychal. Daisy begins a conversation of whether Wookiees are people, and Davis eagerly joins in. Mychal tells Davis that Daisy is a famous fanfiction writer, and Davis... (full context)
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...at her food when it comes and picks up the check when Holly drops it. Davis insists on taking it, and Aza lets him. (full context)
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Daisy announces that they should do something like see a movie. Davis suggests they go to his house, since they "get all the movies." Mychal is confused... (full context)
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Aza and Mychal drive their cars behind Davis to the Pickett estate. When they get there, Mychal excitedly tells Aza that he's always... (full context)
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Davis leads Aza into a basement room lined with Mr. Pickett's collection of first edition books.... (full context)
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Davis leads Aza to a sand bunker on the golf course. They lay down and he... (full context)
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Aza feels Davis fumbling for her hand and takes his. Davis turns his head towards her. Aza wants... (full context)
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Aza tells Davis that she presses her nail into her finger pad to convince herself that she's real.... (full context)
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Aza asks Davis what he's thinking, and he says that Aza is too good to be true. He... (full context)
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Aza follows Davis to the cottage. Davis walks to the bar area and pulls out cereal boxes. He... (full context)
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In a small voice, Noah says that Davis thinks they're better off without their dad, but that he still wants him to come... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...date with Mychal and how much she actually likes him. She finally asks Aza about Davis, and Aza asks if they can meet up. Daisy has to work, but they agree... (full context)
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...money is real. Aza wonders if they can actually keep it and tells Daisy that Davis called it a rounding error. She worries that the money isn't legal, but Daisy says... (full context)
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...the lawyer is going to try to take back the money. Aza says she trusts Davis, and Daisy remarks that they've both fallen in love. After dinner, which only costs $30,... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...that she's worried about Noah and asks if there's other family. Mr. Morris explains that Davis has been declared an emancipated minor and the legal guardian to Noah. When Aza asks... (full context)
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...and goes to her room to do homework. She struggles to read, so she texts Davis. He invites her to come over to see a meteor shower on Thursday, and Aza... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...lunch, when she listens to Daisy tell the table about purchasing her car. Aza texts Davis and asks what time she needs to arrive for the meteor shower. He replies that... (full context)
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A few minutes before seven, Davis texts from Aza's driveway. She runs out to meet him and yells a brief goodbye... (full context)
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Mom hugs Davis in greeting and they all sit at the kitchen table. She asks Davis who's looking... (full context)
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In the car, Davis tells Aza that he can't have anything he wants, especially a mother. He says that... (full context)
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At the Pickett mansion, Aza and Davis see two candlelit place settings at the dining room table. Rosa greets them, hugs Davis,... (full context)
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Davis says there's a rumor at his school that he killed both his parents. He says... (full context)
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Davis says that his dad doesn't owe him anything, but he wishes he'd do the "dad... (full context)
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Davis leads Aza to two pool loungers set up on the golf course. He deems the... (full context)
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...isn't scary—what's scary is the tightening gyre. She says it feels like a prison cell. Davis suggests she write a poem in response to Yeats and admits that he writes bad... (full context)
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Aza leans over and kisses Davis. When she pulls away, she asks him for another poem. He recites a couplet and... (full context)
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Davis tries to touch Aza, but she jerks away and tries to mentally talk herself down... (full context)
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Davis leads Aza to sit down with him and asks if she's okay. Aza says she'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... (full context)
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When the movie ends, Aza says she's tired. Davis drives her home and kisses her on the lips on her doorstep. Aza goes into... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Davis texts Aza early the next morning and asks if she'd like to watch another movie.... (full context)
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The next day, Aza has an appointment with Dr. Singh. Aza tells her about Davis and Dr. Singh notes that a change in circumstances can trigger anxiety, even if the... (full context)
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...how her appointment went. Aza says it was fine, and Mom apologizes again for insulting Davis but tells Aza to be careful with him. She says that she can see Aza's... (full context)
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Aza does her homework and then thinks about texting Davis. Finally, she gives in and asks him what he meant when he said he liked... (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 it in terms... (full context)
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...Pickett estate after school, Lyle lets Aza through the gate and then takes her to Davis in his golf cart. As they ride, he asks her how Davis is doing. Aza... (full context)
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At the pool, Davis and Noah are sitting hunched on a pool lounger. He tells Aza that he needs... (full context)
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Davis comes in the door behind Aza. Aza thanks Malik for the tour and follows Davis... (full context)
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In the theater, Davis starts Jupiter Ascending and says that if Aza doesn't like it, she can choose the... (full context)
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...before it becomes a blizzard, and her thoughts are the same way. She thinks about Davis's saliva and bacteria and finally excuses herself to the bathroom. Noah is playing a video... (full context)
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Back in the basement, Davis asks Aza if she's okay. She apologizes and says she can't talk about it, and... (full context)
Chapter 15
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That night, Aza tries to text Davis, gives up, and pulls out her laptop. She searches for usernames similar to Davis’s other... (full context)
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Aza clicks over to the "poems" tab on the blog and reads poems about Davis's parents. Aza's phone vibrates with a text from Davis. He asks if she's on his... (full context)
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Aza asks if Davis wants to facetime. He agrees and when they begin the call, they don't talk—they just... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Aza tells the reader that she and Davis texted and facetimed almost every night for a while, her spirals continued, and the medication... (full context)
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...what she's doing. When Aza explains, Daisy says that the mystery is over, especially since Davis paid them to drop it. Aza thinks that Daisy is right but is being rude... (full context)
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That night, Davis texts Aza and asks if they can hang out. Aza agrees. It's freezing outside as... (full context)
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Aza and Davis stop by the pool and sit on loungers. Davis worries about Noah and twirls his... (full context)
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Davis asks Aza if she's worried the same sort of thing will happen to her. Aza... (full context)
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Davis asks Aza if she'd like to swim. He strips down to his underwear and jumps... (full context)
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Davis shows Aza his telescope. He focuses it on his favorite star, Tau Ceti, and explains... (full context)
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When Aza gets home and tells Mom that Davis wants to come over, she answers Mom's questions about whether Davis is her boyfriend and... (full context)
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...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 annoying. Aza then reads Wikipedia... (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 "irreconcilable selves:" Ayala, Aza,... (full context)
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...her Cheerios for breakfast, and Aza notices a bouquet of flowers. Mom says they're from Davis. (full context)
Chapter 21
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...tells the reader that after she descended into "proper madness," she solved the mystery of Davis Pickett Sr.'s disappearance, using her obsessiveness and becoming a great detective in the process. She... (full context)
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...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 until the... (full context)
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...dry cleaners. Daisy explains that her parents weren't at all mad about the money from Davis, and made her set up the college fund for Elena. Aza feels her finger bleeding... (full context)
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Daisy asks about Davis, but Aza hasn't talked to him or anyone else. Daisy asks Aza if she thought... (full context)
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Aza stops at Mom's classroom after lunch and tells her about the money from Davis. She says she's saving it for college. Mom says that much money isn't a gift... (full context)
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...texts Aza and says that she and Mychal are now friends who kiss. Aza texts Davis and apologizes for not texting him. They agree to meet that night at Applebee's. (full context)
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...part of the accident was losing her dad's phone. She gets to Applebee's and hugs Davis. Aza thinks that Davis is going to want to "put his bacteria in her mouth."... (full context)
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Davis and Aza make small talk as Aza's mind begins to spiral about the dangers of... (full context)
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Davis asks Aza if she feels like she's getting better. Aza thinks that everyone wants to... (full context)
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...conversation struggles. Aza realizes that they're never going to be what they were. She texts Davis when she gets home. He texts back that he feels like Aza only likes him... (full context)
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...they do as they start walking back to the gallery. Aza says that she'll tell Davis, but otherwise they do nothing. Daisy wonders if Mr. Pickett is in the tunnel and... (full context)
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...Mom everything about the mystery and the jogger's mouth, and that she's going to tell Davis but not the police. She explains that if she tells the police, Tua will get... (full context)
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Aza wakes up the next morning and spends much of her morning procrastinating about texting Davis. She remembers that right after her dad died, she could still think of him as... (full context)
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Aza finally texts Davis and asks him to come over. He agrees to come at 5:30pm. The day moves... (full context)
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Mom goes out to run errands, and Davis knocks on the door a bit later. Aza motions for him to sit down and... (full context)
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Aza and Davis lie on the couch. Davis asks what he should do now. Aza says that he... (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... (full context)
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Davis never texts Aza back but does update his blog. His final post says that he... (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... (full context)
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Aza thinks that life goes on and people go on. She texts Davis and asks if they can hang out, but he doesn't reply. When Mom says they... (full context)
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...they can list extracurriculars on their college applications and hang out at Applebee's most nights. Davis never gets back in contact. Aza misses him, her dad, and Harold. (full context)
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...perform at an awards show when someone knocks on the door. Aza opens it to Davis holding a large box. He gives Aza the box, and Aza leads him to her... (full context)
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Aza asks what they're seeing in the sky. Davis points out Jupiter and some stars, and Aza asks why they told the police. Davis... (full context)
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Aza looks at the sky and realizes how big it is. She thinks that Davis must know that spirals do get smaller as they go inward, but they also get... (full context)
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...now knows the secret that she didn't know when she lay on the grass with Davis. She knows now that she would go on to grow up and have children. She... (full context)
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However, she says, that night holding hands with Davis under the stars, she doesn't know any of that yet. In the box on her... (full context)