Thursday, September 9, 2010
I love quotes. Whether they're from T.V. shows, books, or real people, I love them. I love them so much, that I have a little notebook filled with quotes I've gathered from YA books alone. I don't know if it's an affinity as much as it's an obsession, but I've been religiously writing down profound passages I find in every book I read, and as a matter of fact, I've found some pretty amazing things. I'd love to share them all with you, but it would require hours of me typing and you reading and a mile-long blog post... So instead, I'll share with you three quote-worthy books that I read this year, as well as a quote from each- no spoilers! :)
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
"No matter where I look inside myself, I come across more love for him, for everything about him, for his anger as much as his tenderness- he's so alive, he makes me feel like I could take a bite out of the whole earth."
I love this book. Seriously, I love it. Once you get me started on it, I will not stop showering it with praise. It's filled with genuine teenage emotion, equal parts pain and euphoria, and with its moving, heartfelt words like the ones on the passage above and poetry so unreal, it made my spirit soar in a way I didn't know was possible. Seriously, this book is amazing. I'd quote the entire thing if I could!
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I think we all know that famous Looking for Alaska quote when the protagonist, Miles, compares Alaska to a hurricane. It's amazing, to say the least, and the best part is it's not the only amazing quote from the novel. Looking for Alaska is told in a brilliant, meaningful voice by a devoted narrator. John Green could not have crafted a more groundbreaking debut.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
My point is: maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know."
One of the best 2010 debuts I've read, Before I Fall looks at death in a whole new light. It tackles the issue from a fresh, creative YA perspective, and it's got a riveting storyline, unforgettable characters, and amazing writing, to boot. This was a total eye-opener for me, and I definitely got a handful of quotes from it.