me: There’s a scene in this movie where Ashley Judd eats cold Chinese food in her underwear with her roomie Hugh Jackman

as a twelve year old, I always dreamed that this was what falling in love as an adult was like
Someone Like You was my favorite romantic comedy as a preteen, subject to endless rewatchings as I went through high school. If only things were that easy now.

A guy sat down next to me on the subway, saw my book, and said, “Ex Machina—nice.” I gave him a polite smile out of reflex and immediately dropped my eyes back to the comic.

I wish I’d struck up a conversation, especially after he took out his iPad and pulled up a Deadpool comic. I don’t like how I can be so quick to retreat back into solitude.