Riley, the heroine of BITERS, hates being a girl. She can't stand to be labeled as one or to be left out of anything the other boys are doing. Especially when it comes to protecting those she loves. In this scene, we learn one of the reasons why...
“A boy would have saved his mother. A boy would’ve had the courage to beat Felix with a baseball bat to get him off her, or hit him with a chair, or a knife, or a gun. I didn’t save her because I was a weak and frightened girl.”
“Why would you think that?”
“Because that’s what my father told me the day he came to get me, to take me home with him to Albuquerque. That very night, I took my Josephine doll out of my pocket, gave her one last kiss, then I pulled her apart limb by limb and threw her in the trash.”
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