A Girl Like Her – Quotes
Jess: You know an average person laughs about 15 times a day. See! Brian: That’s not a laugh. That’s a courtesy laugh!
Hoping to promote awareness, [her parents] allow cameras to follow her progress.
Dad: I should’ve known—she’s my kid. I should’ve known. I didn’t have a clue.
Dad: It just doesn’t make sense to me. Little girls don’t just start taking drugs…don’t just take handfuls.
Avery: People don’t know what it’s like to be popular…the pressures of living up to being popular.
Avery: [Those are] my main b****es right there. Amy: What did you do this weekend? Avery and friends: Made out. Partied, of course.
Avery: As you can tell, I have losers for friends.
Avery: I am a normal, teenage, girl.
Avery: People think I’m being a b**** because I don’t’ hang out with anyone else, but I really don’t want to make any friends. It’s nothing personal.
Amy: Do you guys have an anti-bullying policy in place? School faculty: Yes. I think it’s a lot of rhetoric.
Student, about bullying: We’re zebras, watching a fellow zebra being eaten by a lion. It kind of feels like that.
Student: I could have done something. I didn’t.
Amy: She didn’t want you to show anyone? Brian: She said it would make it worse.
Jessica: It’s never going to end. It’s never going to get better. I feel like I have no way out.
School board: Bullying has been around forever. Why are things getting worse?
Parent: We’ll never stop the bullying until we find some method to get to the bullyers. … Hurt people hurt people.
Avery: Not only do my parents fight, my brother’s a f***ing d*****bag. Yeah, tha’ts my night.
Avery: I didn’t do anything of this. Ok, so maybe I joked around with her. She can’t take a joke. Everyone blew it out of proportion. I didn’t do anything!
Avery’s mom: He’s bullying you by asking you these questions.
Avery: I didn’t do anything but joke around with her, so if you want to have me say I’m sorry for joking around with her, then I’m sorry she can’t take a joke.
Avery’s mom: Did the bullying put her in the hospital, or did the pills she took put her in the hospital?
Avery: I’m so sick of everyone blaming me for what she did. She took those pills. She made that choice. And for those girls who are blaming me—you f***ed with the wrong girl.
Amy about Avery’s video: It was reactionary and when we are reactionary we are never our best selves.
Amy to Avery: I’m here to tell your story and it is an important story—the most important story.
Avery: I’m just so frustrated with not having any control and what I was trying to do was regain some control over the situation.
Avery to Amy: You’re the only person who doesn’t judge me and make me feel like I don’t have to be perfect… You’re the only one I feel I can talk to… I feel so lost…
Avery: What did I do? I don’t know what to do anymore. I mean, she’ snot…I can’t even say I’m sorry… There’s no excuse for that.
Brian: Maybe she doesn’t hate you. Maybe she hates herself. Jessica: I don’t think so.
Amy: I think you’re a very powerful young woman who people love and people follow… and underneath it you’re just a young woman who’s in a lot of pain.
Avery: I have no one to talk to. My friends don’t care about real life. They only care about shopping. I had a real friend—Jess. And I f***ed it up. And now I can’t even tell her I’m sorry. …I am the one responsible for Jessica Burns killing herself. I wish it was me that couldn’t wake up. I wish it was me. … I deserve that. Not you.
Avery: People paid me attention because of what I was doing and even though it wasn’t positive attention, it was attention. I didn’t care.
Avery: I tried to get control over other people and now I’m just totally lost.
Avery: I thought it would be easier to put up a wall and control others—and I was lucky enough to have someone take the time to tell me and show me and listen to me. I never had that before. It wasn’t me just joking around, it was me ruining somebody.