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“I hate this feeling. Like I'm here, but I'm not. Like someone cares. But they don't. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp as the February air.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
“Love means holding on to someone just as hard as you can because if you don't, one blink and they might disappear...forever.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“When you love someone, you don't want to hurt them, even if they deserve to be hurt. When you love someone, you want to hurt them, even when they don't deserve to be hurt.”
Ellen Hopkins, Glass
“Taking no chances means wasting your dreams..”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
“So you try to think of someone else you're mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone.”
Ellen Hopkins
“Have you ever had so much to say that your mouth closed up tight struggling to harness the nuclear force coalescing within your words? Have you ever had so many thoughts churning inside you that you didn’t dare let them escape in case they blew you wide open? Have you ever been so angry that you couldn’t look in the mirror for fear of finding the face of evil glaring back at you?”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
on your impulse,
swallow the bottle,
cut a little deeper,
put the gun to your chest.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“Some people
Never find the right kind of love
you know, the kind that steals
your breath away.
Like diving into a snowmelt.
The kind that jolts your heart,
sets it beating apace.
An anxious hiccuping of hummingbirds wings.
The kind that makes every terrible minute apart feel like hours.
Some people flit from one insane possibility to the next.
Never experincing the connection of two people.
rocked by destiny.
Never knowing what it means to love someone else,
more than themselves.
More than life itself, or the promise of something better.
Beyond this world,
More even (forgive me!) than god.
Lucky me, I found the right kind of love.
With the wrong person.”
Ellen Hopkins, Tricks
“This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn't about sex. It's about connection.”
Ellen Hopkins
“Forever has no meaning when you're living in the moment. I wasn't ready for that moment to end.”
Ellen Hopkins
“Have you ever once in your life reached out to touch infinity?”
Ellen Hopkins
“You were a summer gift, one I'll always treasure. You were a dream I never wanted to wake up from. You opened my eyes to things I'll never really see. You're the best thing that will ever happen to me.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
tags: love
“Grandma once told me it's easy to overthink love, to dissect it and question it until it is no more.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“Wish you could turn off the questions, turn off the voices, turn off all sound.
Yearn to close out the ugliness, close out the filthiness, close out all light.
Long to cast away yesterday, cast away memory, cast away all jeapordy.
Pray you could somehow stop uncertainty, somehow stop the loathing, somehow stop the pain.
Act on your impulse, swallow the bottle, cut a little deeper, put the gun to your chest.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“imperfections create character...”
Ellen Hopkins
“Smile. Nod. Say
something witty
before he finds
out what an incredible
geek you are.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
“Happiness, you see, its just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales. But there's no happily ever after. You'll only find happy endings in books. Some books.”
Ellen Hopkins
“One foot in front of the other, counting tiles on the floor so I don't have to focus the blur of painted smiles, fake faces.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“Life is all about change. If it were static, think about how boring it would be. You can't be afraid of it, and you can't worry that you'll mess things up. You deserve good things, and I want to be one of them.”
Ellen Hopkins
“Memory is a tenuous thing. . . .

flickering glimpses, blue
and white, like ancient,
decomposing 16mm film.
Happiness escapes
me there, where faces
are vague and yesterday
seems to come tied
up in ribbons of pain.

Happiness? I look for it intead
in today, where memory
is something I can still
touch, still rely on.
I find it in the smiles
of new friends, the hope
blossoming inside.

My happiest memories
have no place in the
past; they are those
I have yet to create.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“It [death] chokes you, gags you, but you have to pretend that you're doing just fine, not trembling with this fear because the end is close.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse
“Funny how when your life is mostly bullshit, you turn off feeling.
Sometimes it's hard to turn it back on again.”
Ellen Hopkins, Identical
“Girls get screwed.
Not that kind of screwed, what I mean is, they're always on the short end of things.

The way things work, how
guys feel great, but make girls feel
cheap for doing
exactly what
they beg for.

The way they get to play you,
all the while claiming they
love you and making you
believe it's

The way it's okay to gift their heart one day, a backhand the next,
to move on to the apricot
when the peach blushes and bruises.

These things make me believe God's a man after all.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank
“Did you ever, when you were little, endure your parents’ warnings, then wait for them to leave the room, pry loose protective covers and consider inserting some metal object into an electrical outlet?

Did you wonder if for once you might light up the room?

When you were big enough to cross the street on your own, did you ever wait for a signal, hear the frenzied approach of a fire truck and feel like stepping out in front of it?

Did you wonder just how far that rocket ride might take you?

When you were almost grown, did you ever sit in a bubble bath, perspiration pooling, notice a blow dryer plugged in within easy reach, and think about dropping it into the water?

Did you wonder if the expected rush might somehow fail you?

And now, do you ever dangle your toes over the precipice, dare the cliff to crumble, defy the frozen deity to suffer the sun, thaw feather and bone, take wing to fly you home?”
Ellen Hopkins, Burned
tags: life
“Your life doesn't belong to you, it belongs to the people that love you”
Ellen Hopkins
“Too much to take in, too much to purge. Why must every memory, once sweet, dead end in such ugliness?”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse

do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so


push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is


you want to be? Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. People can never be these, and anyway,


did creating a flawless facade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person


lives inside your skin? The outside belongs to others. Only you should decide for you -


is perfect.”
Ellen Hopkins, Perfect
“I'm in love. And I like how that feels. And I hate how that feels. Because love is an invention of fiction writers.”
Ellen Hopkins, Identical
“God is love," she said. "And he respects love, whether it's between a parents, and child, a man and woman, or friends. I don't think he cares about religion one little bit. Live your life right. Love with all your heart. Don't hurt others, and help those in need. That is all you need to know. And don't worry about heaven. If it exists, you'll be welcome.”
Ellen Hopkins, Burned
tags: god, love
“You believe this is a game, and you may be right. But if you think you can play it better than me, think again.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse

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