Disclaimer: This isn't really a review, but rather a conglomeration of my favorite passages from this book because oh my word, there are some fantasti...moreDisclaimer: This isn't really a review, but rather a conglomeration of my favorite passages from this book because oh my word, there are some fantastic quotes.
Strangely enough, I think my favorite part of this series is the writing style. The descriptions are lengthy and discursive sometimes, but I just devour them because they so accurately capture what they're trying to express. Not only are these words beautiful, but they're also true. I actually found myself enjoying Juliette's tangents and rambling thoughts more than her actual actions and conversations with the other characters, nor did I find said tangents melodramatic in any way. Granted, there was the occasional simile or metaphor that doesn't make complete sense but for the most part, Mafi's prose wasn't purple, but golden.
"...Because some people are so stupid they actually think that there are thick neon lines separating good and evil. That it's easy to make that kind of distinction and go to sleep at night with a clear conscience. Because it's okay. It's okay to kill a man if someone else deems him unfit to live.
What I really want to say is who are you to decide who gets to die. Who are you to decide who should be killed. Who are you to tell me which father I should destroy and which child I should orphan and which mother should be left without her son, which brother should be left without a sister, which grandmother should spend the rest of her life crying in the early hours of the morning because the body of her grandchild was buried in the ground before her own."
Come one. You can't deny the piercing truth and raw beauty of that. You just can't.
There there's this:
"But I see layers, shades of gold and green and a person who's never been given a chance to be human and I wonder if I'm just as cruel as my own oppressors if I decide that society is right, that some people are too far gone, that sometimes you can't turn back, that there are people in this world who don't deserve a second chance and I can't I can't I can't
I can't help but disagree.
I can't help but think that 19 is too young to give up on someone, that 19 years old i just the beginning, that it's too soon to tell anyone they will never amount to anything but evil in this world."
Gosh, I've collected so many quotes from this book:
"Because sometimes you see yourself—you see yourself the way you could be—the way you might be if things were different. And if you look too closely, what you see will scare you, it'll make you wonder what you might do if given the opportunity. You know there's a different side of yourself you don't want to recognize, a side you don't want to see in the daylight. You spend your life doing everything to push it down and away, out of sight, out of mind. You pretend that a piece of yourself doesn't exist.
You live like that for a long time.
For a long time you're safe. But then you're not."
Mafi isn't trying too hard to be deep, it is deep. Her writing possesses a wonderful depth and emotional profundity.
One more for good measure. Because this is the part that Juliette gets her head out of the clouds becomes the kick-butt girl we want her to be.
"All I know is that it'll never be safe for me to rely on someone else again, to need constant reassurance of who I am and who I might someday be. I can love him, but I can't depend on him to be my backbone. I can't be my own person if I constantly require someone else to hold me together.
My mind is a mess. Every single day I'm confused, uncertain, worried I'm going to make a new mistake, worried I'm going to lose control, worried I'm going to lose myself. But it's something I have to work through. Because for the rest of my life, I'll always, always be stronger than everyone around me.
But at least I'll never have to be scared anymore."