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“Moments, when lost, can't be found again. They're just gone.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“It's the imperfections that make things beautiful”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“I will never look at you in the same way ever again. I'll never be that girl again. The girl who comes running back every time you push her away, the girl who loves you anyway.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“He didn’t give me flowers or candy. He gave me the moon and the stars. Infinity

-Belly Conklin-”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don't. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“That's when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn't the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn't enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn't enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn't. Not enough.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“And no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t stop
yourself from dreaming.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“In the dark you can feel really close to a person. You can say whatever you want.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“Best friends are important. They're the closest thing to a sister you'll ever have.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“He came up and kissed me on my forehead, and before he stepped away, I closed my eyes and tried hard to memorize this moment. I wanted to remember him exactly as he was right then, how his arms looked brown against his white shirt, the way his hair was cut a little too short in the front. Even the bruise, there because of me.

Then he was gone.

Just for that moment, the thought that I might never see him again… it felt worse than death. I wanted to
run after him. Tell him anything, everything. Just don’t go. Please just never go. Please just always be near me, so I can at least see you.

Because it felt final. I always believed that we would find our way back to each other every time. That no matter what, we would be connected—by our history, by this house. But this time, this last time, it felt final. Like I would never see him again, or that when I did, it would be different, there would be a mountain between us.

I knew it in my bones. That this time was it. I had finally made my choice, and so had he. He let me go. I was relieved, which I expected. What I didn’t expect was to feel so much grief.

Bye bye, Birdie.
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“Maybe that was how it was with all first loves. They own a little piece of your heart, always.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“I release you. I evict you from my heart. Because if I don't do it now, I never will.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing. Those feelings, they’d been there all along. All that time. I had to face it. He was part of my DNA. I had brown hair and I had freckles and I would always have Conrad in my heart. ”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“When you walk on the beach at night, you can say things you can't say in real life.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“Victory is a thousand times sweeter when you're the underdog.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“Things couldn't stay the same forever.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“He was marrying my girl, and I couldn’t do anything about it. I just had to watch it happen, because he was my brother, because I promised. Take care of him, Connie. I’m counting on you .”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything. In his eyes, there was no trace of what had happened between us earlier and I could feel something inside me break.
So that was that. We were finally, finally over.
I looked at him, and I felt so sad, because this thought occurred to me: 'I will never look at you the same way again. I'll never be that girl again. The girl who comes running back every time you push her away, the girl who loves you anyway.'
I couldn’t even be mad at him, because this was who he was. This was who he’d
always been. He’d never lied about that. He gave and then he took away. I felt it in the pit of my stomach, the familiar ache, that lost, regretful feeling only he could give me. I never wanted to feel it again. Never, ever.
Maybe this was why I came, so I could really know. So I could say good-bye.
I looked at him, and I thought, 'If I was very brave or very honest, I would tell him.'
I would say it, so he would know it and I would know it, and I could never take it back. But I wasn’t that brave or honest, so all I did was look at him. And I think he knew anyway.
'I release you. I evict you from my heart. Because if I don't do it now, I never will.'
I was the one to look away first.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“There are moments in life that you wish with all your heart you could take back. Like, just erase from existence. Like, if you could, you'd erase yourself right out of existence too, just to make that moment not exist.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“I love Jere more than anybody. He’s my brother, my family. I hate myself for doing this. But when I see you two together, I hate him too.” His voice broke.
“Don’t marry him. Don’t be with him. Be with me.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
tags: love
“You never know the last time you’ll see a place. A person.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“I’m sorry for screwing everything up. I hurt you again, and for that I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I don’t want to do that anymore. So … I’m not going to stay
for the wedding. I’m just going to take off now. I won’t see you again, not for a long time. Probably for the best. Being near you like this, it hurts. And
Jere”—Conrad cleared his throat and stepped backward, making space between us—“he’s the one who needs you.”
Hoarsely, he said, “I need you to know that no matter what happens, it was worth it to me. Being with you, loving you. It was all worth it”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“I’ve only ever loved two boys—both of them with the last name Fisher. Conrad was first, and I loved him in a way that you can really only do the first time around. It’s the kind of love that doesn’t know better and doesn’t want to—it’s dizzy and foolish and fierce. That kind of love is really a one-time-only thing.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“He started to say something, maybe an apology and maybe not, and then he stopped, he leaned over and pulled me toward him - like by gravitational force. He kissed me, hard, and his skin was stubbly and rough against my cheek. My first thought was, I guess he didn't have time to shave this morning, and then - I was kissing him back, my fingers winding through his soft yellow hair and my eyes closed. He kissed like he was drowning and I was air. It was passionate, and desperate, and like nothing I had ever experienced before.
This was what people meant when they said the earth stopped turning. It felt like a world outside of that car, that moment, didn't exist. It was just us.”
Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
“She and I were still friends, but not best friends, not like we used to be. But we were still friends. She'd known me my whole life. It's hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“There hadn’t been one specific moment. It was like gradualy waking up. You go from being asleep to the space between dreaming and awake and then into consciousness. It’s a slow process, but when you’re awake, there’s no mistaking it. There was no mistaking that it had been love.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer
“A fight is like a fire. You think you have it under control, you think you can stop it whenever you want, but before you know it, it’s living, breathing thing and there’s no controlling it and you were a fool to think you could.”
Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer

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