1. She properly appreciates the value of a good night’s sleep.
“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”
2. She speaks her mind.
“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”
3. She’s a good sport.
“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
4. She doesn’t obsess over her weight.
“But on the list of things I want to do in my lifetime, [being skinny] is not near the top. I mean, it’s not near the bottom either. I’d say it’s right above ‘Learn to drive a vespa,’ but several notches below ‘Film a chase scene for a movie.’”
5. She’s a statistical anomaly.
“My mom’s a doctor, but because she came from India and then Africa, where childhood obesity was not a problem, she put no premium on having skinny kids. In fact, she and my dad didn’t mind having a chubby daughter. Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like ‘Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is?’”
6. She’s a romantic at heart.
“It makes me cry because it means that fewer and fewer people are believing it’s cool to want what I want, which is to be married and have kids and love each other in a monogamous, long-lasting relationship.”
7. But she’s realistic about how relationships start.
“I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world.”
8. And end.
“As my mom has said, when one person is unhappy, it usually means two people are unhappy but that one has not come to terms with it yet.”
9. And what happens in between.
“Maybe the point is that any marriage is work, but you may as well pick work that you like.”
10. She hasn’t given up on finding the perfect guy. I mean man.
“So I’m into men now, even though they can be frightening. I want a schedule-keeping, waking-up-early, wallet-carrying, non-Velcro-shoe-wearing man.”
11. She knows what she wants.
“I think when men hear that women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anymore. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life.”
12. EXACTLY what she wants.
“I really think guys only need two pairs of shoes. A nice pair of black shoes and a pair of Chuck Taylors.”
13. She cares about her family.
“I think a lot of writers, male and female, write as if their parents were killed in a car accident when they were 2, and they have no one to hold accountable. And unfortunately, I don’t have that. I have parents who I care about what they think.”
14. She knows that no one likes a bragger.
“Besides, who wants to read about success, anyway? Successful serial murderers, maybe.”
15. She’s not embarrassed by her quirks.
“My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess.”
16. She knows what’s sexy.
“In my mind, the sexiest thing in the world is the feeling that you’re wanted.”
17. She didn’t peak too early in life.
“What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.”
18. She knows the value of a true friend.
“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.”
19. And understands what friendship entails.
“We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don’t have to make it official. It just is.”
20. She has her own ideas about love.
“I say if you love something, set it in a small cage and pester and smother it with love until it either loves you back or dies.”
21. Her book and TV show are wonderful.
22. Somehow she does it all!
“I didn’t completely forget how to be nice or feminine because I have a career.”