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  • #1
    Jenny Han
    “The first time I saw him again, it was another year, at my college graduation. And I just knew.”
    Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer

  • #2
    Sarah Dessen
    “An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #3
    Sarah Dessen
    “So maybe it wasn't the fairy tale. But those stories weren't real anyway. Mine were.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #4
    Sarah Dessen
    “It shouldn't be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It's the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something's difficult to come by, you'll do that much more to make sure it's even harder―or impossible―to lose.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #5
    Sarah Dessen
    “It's still a memory worth having, even if it's not exactly what you imagined.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #6
    Sarah Dessen
    “Morning would come before we knew it. It always did. But we still had the night, and for now, we were together, so I just closed my eyes and drank it all in.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #7
    Sarah Dessen
    “I waited. Because with Eli, he was never trying to get you to finish for him. He always knew where he was going, even if it took a little while to get there.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #8
    Sarah Dessen
    “Guess what?" Maggie said as soon as I walked into Celmentine's.
    "What?"
    She clapped her hands. "I have a date to the prom!"
    "Guess what?" I replied.
    "What?"
    "I don't." Her mouth dropped open. "Oh, and," I added, "I bought a bike."
    .... "Okay, let's just slow down." She held up her hands, palms facing me. "First things first. What do you mean, you don't have a date?"
    "Just that," I said, sitting down at the desk. "Jason bailed on me."
    "Again?"
    I nodded.
    "When?"
    "About twenty minutes ago."
    "Oh, my God." She put her hand over her mouth: her expression was so horrified, like someone had died. "That's the worst thing ever."
    "No," I said, swallowing. "It's actually not."
    "No?"
    I shook my head. "The worst thing is that right afterward, I marched right into the bike shop and asked Eli to go with me, and he said no."
    She threw up her other hand, clapping it over the one already covering her mouth. "Holy crap," she said, her voice muffled. "Where does the bike come in?"
    "I don't know," I said, waving my hand. "That part's kind of a blur.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #9
    Sarah Dessen
    “Because maybe, the best of times were yet to come. You never knew.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #10
    Sarah Dessen
    “Let me guess,” Eli said, his voice that low, even timbre, as always. “Drinking from kegs also falls under outdoor activity.”

    I just looked at him, standing there in jeans and the same blue hoodie he’d had on the first time I met him. Maybe it was the embarrassment, which had been bad enough before I had an audience, but I was instantly annoyed. I said, “Are we outside?”

    He glanced round, as if needing to confirm this. “Nope.”
    “Then no.” I turned my attention back to the keg.”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #11
    Sarah Dessen
    “I'd come here planning to leave as soon as I could. It was a pit stop, not a destination. I had my whole life mapped out."
    "So what happened?"
    "I guess that map didn't turn out to be mine after all,”
    Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

  • #12
    Sarah Dessen
    “Music is a total constant. That's why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #13
    Sarah Dessen
    “Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #14
    Sarah Dessen
    “What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.”
    Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

  • #15
    Sarah Dessen
    “There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your heart.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #16
    Sarah Dessen
    “Wherever you will go,
    I will let you down,
    But this lullaby goes on.”
    Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

  • #17
    Sarah Dessen
    “I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.”
    Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

  • #18
    Sarah Dessen
    “We can't expect everybody to be there for us, all at once. So it's a lucky thing that really, all you need is someone. ”
    Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

  • #19
    Sarah Dessen
    “We'd start slow, the way we always did, because the run, and the game, could go on for awhile. Maybe even forever.
    That was the thing. You just never knew. Forever was so many different things. It was always changing, it was what everything was really all about. It was twenty minutes, or a hundred years, or just this instant, or any instant I wished would last and last. But there was only one truth about forever that really mattered, and that was this: it was happening. Right then, as I ran with Wes into that bright sun, and every moment afterwards. Look, there. Now. Now. Now.”
    Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

  • #20
    Sarah Dessen
    “So many versions of just one memory, and yet none of them were right or wrong. Instead, they were all pieces. Only when fitted together, edge to edge, could they even begin to tell the whole story.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #21
    Jenny Han
    “Moments, when lost, can't be found again. They're just gone.”
    Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

  • #22
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #23
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #24
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #25
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #26
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #27
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #28
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #29
    Jenny Han
    “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

  • #30
    Jenny Han
    “My two great loves. I think I always knew I would be Belly Fisher one day. I just didn't know it was going to happen like this.”
    Jenny Han, We'll Always Have Summer



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