These girls are holding on to the last shred of delusion, which is that they can truly be anything they want to be. I say that and it sounds so dark and cynical. Of course you can be whoever you want to be, but you can’t control what the world does to you. These girls have almost hit their limit of being discouraged. There’s a specter of who these girls grow up to be, and that specter is narrating these stories.
-Jenny Zhang in interview here