Do You Like Her by Sonya Huber

Do you like her? But do you like her? But do you trust her? I don’t know. Her hair is weird. I think she tries too hard. I think she’s stuck up. I think she thinks she’s too smart. I think she is too smart for her own good. I think she wants to control everything. I think she doesn’t know how to have fun. I think she’s frigid. I wonder why she stays. I think she’s only staying with that boy because she can’t do better. I think she has low self-esteem. I think I have a weird feeling about her. But do you like her? I feel all this pressure to like her and yet I somehow don’t. I don’t like her. I kind of hate her. I once was friends with her and then she got to be a bitch. I think she’s a bitch. I think she’s a liar. I think my friends don’t like her, so I kind of don’t like her. All of my friends like her but I don’t. All of my friends like her so I like her. I think people who like her are bitches. Her friends are bitches. Do you like her? I’m not sure if I like her. I think she thinks she’s too good for us. Did you hear what she did? Did you hear what happened to her? She keeps trying to change the subject, but what did happen to her? She thinks she’s so good now, but do you know what happened when she was younger? Do you even like her at all? Nobody wants to sit with her and she’s acting like she doesn’t care. Everybody is sitting with her and she doesn’t even know they’re just with her because they think they can get something from her. Nobody really likes her. Do you like her? I think she’s okay, but I don’t trust her. No, you don’t know what she’ll do. There’s a whole other side to her, one you can’t see. She’s hard as nails underneath but she pretends to be all nice. She’s steely but she’s a wreck inside. She wants us to come over and sit with her but we won’t. Do you even like her at all? I used to like her but now I don’t. I hate the way she smiles. Something about her eyes makes me not trust her.

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Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, as well as the forthcoming essay collection Pain Woman Takes Your Keys. Her newest nonfiction book is The Evolution of Hillary Clinton, published in June 2016 by Squint. She directs the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University.

Twitter: @sonyahuber
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