By Justina Elias

Justina Elias is pursuing an MFA in fiction through the University of Guelph. She recently completed a short story collection exploring the collapsing divide between physical and virtual identities.

  1. BE HONEST, Mel writes. (“No pussyfooting around,” her mother’s voice says in her head, but she knows the guys would razz her for writing “pussy.”) I WANT UR OBJECTIVE OPINION. 1 TO 10. It’s dangerous to ask for a number. Other girls are master fishers, staving off cruelty with their own ruthlessness: i know im fat, i know my hair sucks, i just want to know how hopeless things are. Mostly the guys play along,…

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