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“Yes,' he said, 'a list. That way, I figure, we'll have a written record of what we've agreed upon as our goals for our relationship. So if problems arise, we'll be able to consult the lists, see which issue it corresponds to, and work out a solution from there.'
I could still hear my sister talking, but her voice was fading as she led her group around the house. I said, 'But what if that doesn't work?'
Jason blinked at me. Then he said, 'Why wouldn't it?'
'Because,' I said.
He just looked at me. 'Because...'
'Because,' I repeated, as a breeze blew over us,' sometimes things just happen. That aren't expected. Or on the list.'
'Such as?' he asked.
'I don't know,' I said, frustrated. 'That's the point. It would be out of the blue, taking us by surprise. Something we might not be prepared for.'
'But we will be prepared,' he said, confused. 'We'll have the list.'
I rolled my eyes. 'Jason,' I said.
'Macy, I'm sorry.' He stepped back, looking at me. 'I just don't understand what you're trying to say.'
And then it hit me: he didn't. He had no idea. And this thought was so ludicrous, so completely unreal, that I knew it just had to be true. For Jason, there was no unexpected, no surprises. His whole life was outlined carefully, in lists and sublists, just like the ones I'd helped him go through all those weeks ago.
'It's just...' I said and stopped, shaking my head.
'It's just what?' He was waiting, genuinely wanting to know. 'Explain it to me.'
But I couldn't. I'd had to learn it my own way, and so had my mother. Jason would eventually, as well. No one could tell you: you just had to go through it on your own. If you were lucky, you came out on the other side and understood. If you didn't, you kept getting thrust back, retracing those steps, until you finally got it right.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
tags: life
“D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Austin... and you. I'll be there soon.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“All we had was her room, her stories, and the quiet that settled in as we tried in vain to spread ourselves out and fill the space she'd left behind.”
Sarah Dessen, Dreamland
“Despite our differences, we did have a history. No one understood where I was coming from the way he did.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“Whether it was a song, a person, or a story, there was a lot you couldn’t know from just an excerpt, a glance, or part of a chorus.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“If you have just one person believe in you, you'll always find your way”
Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You
“It was just perfect, just right all at once.”
Sarah Dessen, That Summer
“For any of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred of years from now. You can never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.”
Sarah Dessen
“He had a nice smile. Seeing it, I felt like I’d won a prize, because he was so sparing with them.”
Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything
“And I think she works so much becasue she can be in control of it, you know?' I said. She nodded. 'It makes her feel, I don't know, safe.'
I can understand that,' Delia said softly. 'Losing someone can make you feel very out of control. Totally so.'
I know,' I said. 'But it's not really fair. Like, after my dad died, I wanted to be okay for her. So I was. Even when I had to fake it. But now, when I really do feel okay, she's not happy with me. Because I'm not perfect anymore.'
Grieving doesn't make you imperfect,' Delia said quietly, as Bert came back out to the van, adjusting one of the carts inside. 'It makes you human. We all deal with things differently.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“It was such a weird thing how a breakup stretched much wider than you expected. You didn't just lose a person, but their entire world as well.”
Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More
“You own a Tic Tac. Gum is just borrowed. - Esther”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
“If he'd been any other boy, and this was any other world, I would have kissed him. Nothing could have stopped me.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“I just think that some things are meant to be broken, imperfect, chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, ya know? [...] If everything was always smooth and perfect, you'd get too used to that. You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then, otherwise, you'll never really enjoy it when things go right.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“When you don't know where you're going, maybe it wasn't such a bad thing to have more than you need.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
“If you don't pay attention to the past, you'll never understand the future.It's all linked together.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“Why are you being so nice to me?' I asked her.
'You know,' she said, 'when you say stuff like that I just want to slap you.'
'What?'
'You heard me.' She picked up her beer and took a swallow, still watching me. Then she said, 'Colie, you should never be surprised when people treat you with respect. You should expect it.'
I shook my head. 'You don’t know-' I began. But, as usual, she didn’t let me finish.
'Yes,' she said simply. 'I do know. I’ve watched you, Colie. You walk around like a dog waiting to be kicked, and when someone does, you pout and cry like you didn’t deserve it.'
'No one deserves to be kicked,' I said.
'I disagree,' she said flatly. 'You do if you don’t think you’re worth any better.”
Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
“Time wasn't a thing you could divide easily; there was no defined middle or beginning or end. I could pretend to leave the past behind, but it would not leave me.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“My point is you're different here.
Hollis I've only been here for a month.
A lot can happen in a month he replied. Shoot in two weeks I met my future wife changed my entire life's trajectory and bought my first tie.
You bought a tie I asked. Because honestly this was the most shocking part.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
“How weird that must be, to stay the same as everyone else changes.”
Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More
“Sometimes, you have to manufacture your own history. Give fate a push, so to speak.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
“What," I said, "is that a crime here or something? Like only buying one thing at the Gas/Gro?”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
“Maybe that's what you got when you stood over your grief, facing it finally. A sense of its depths, its area, the distance across, and the way over or around it, whichever you chose in the end.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“Told you. Everything sounds better in the car wash.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“You know the minute you stop thinking about it, it'll happen.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
“And that was as far as he got before i heard it. The thumping of footsteps, running up the lawn toward me: It seemed like I could hear it through the grass, like leaning your ear to a railroad track and feeling the train coming, miles away. As the noise got closer I could hear ragged breaths, and then a voice.
It was my mother.”
Sarah Dessen, Dreamland
“There was only so much space between us, not even a real distance if measured in miles or feet or even inches, all the things that told you how far you'd come or had left to go. But it was a big space, if only for me. And as I moved forward to him covering it, he waited there on the other side. It was only the last little bit I has to go, but in the end, I knew it would be all I would truly remember. So as I kissed him, bringing this summer and everything else full circle, I let myself fall, and was not scared of the ground I knew would rise up to meet me.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“It was like when you ripped a piece of paper into two: no matter how you tried, the seams never fit exactly right again. It was what you couldn't see, those tiniest of pieces, that were lost in the severing, and their absence kept everything from being complete.”
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
“But I saw Blake earlier and he said he and Nate were taking off for an overnight business thing. So..."
"... you're just going to jump their fence and their pool," I finished for her.
Silence. Then Jamie said, "It's twenty-five degrees! In December! Do you know what this means?"
"The apocalypse?”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
“So say I’m your mom.'
'What?' I said.
'I’m your mom,' he repeated. 'Now tell me you want to quit modeling.'
I could feel myself blushing. 'I can’t do that,' I said.
'Why not?' he asked. 'Is it so hard to believe? You think I’m not a good role-player?'
'No,' I said. 'It’s just–'
'Because I am. Everyone wanted me to be their mother in group.'
I just looked at him. 'I just… It’s weird.'
'No, it’s hard. But not impossible. Just try it.'
A week earlier, I hadn’t even known what color his eyes were. Now, we were family. At least temporarily.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen


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