Rep

"Today I had the shock of my life." She made a smack with her lips.
"What happened?"
"I met this new girl, Tara Tanvir. She's got a rep."
I said, "Wow."
She screwed on the cap to the lipstick and returned it to the self, watching herself perform this neutral function.
I said, "What's your rep?"
And she said, "I don't have a rep." She altered her expression in the mirror to one of piety and innocence, then changed it abruptly to one of trauma and shock.
"What's mine?"
"Boys don't get reps. Only girls get reps. Like only girls get boobs."

Ali Sethi, The Wish Maker

Comments

sarah said…
how is the book overall? would you recommend it?
Awais Aftab said…
@ sarah

It's definitely worth a read if you are interested in Pakistani English writers.