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“I just can't fathom why anyone would stand on a ledge when there's a respectable amount of walking space right next to it.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“You must think I'm a complete idiot right? That I'm just some doormat who'll wait for you on the sidelines forever? That you can keep running back to her every time things get difficult and I'll just be okay with it?!”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“Watch it." Josh bites into a pink apple and talks through a full mouth. "He has parts down there you don't have."

"Ooo, parts," I say. "Intriguing. Tell me more."

Josh smiles sadly. "Sorry. Privileged information. Only people with parts can know about said parts.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“I collapse in bed and fall asleep with me other hand clasped around the blue rubber band. And I dream about blue eyes and blue nails and first-kiss lips dusted with blue sugar crystals.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“When I come back, the club is packed. There's hardly any standing room. Anna snagged a wooden bar stool, one of the few seats here. St. Clair stands close to her, facing her, and he smoothes the platinum stripe in her hair. She pulls him even closer by the top of his jeans, one finger tucked inside. It's an intimate gesture. I'm embarrassed to watch, but I can't look away.
He kisses her slowly and deeply. They don't care that anyone could watch. Or maybe they've forgotten they aren't alone. When they break apart, Anna says something that makes him fall into silly, boyish laughter. For some reason, that's the moment that makes me turn away. Something about their love is painful.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“I slide my hand between our mouths, just in time. His lips
are soft against my palm. I slowly, slowly remove it. “No, I
don’t love Max anymore. But I don’t want to give you this
broken, empty me. I want you to have me when I’m full,
when I can give something back to you. I don’t have much to
give right now.”
Cricket’s limbs are still, but his chest is pounding hard
against my own. “But you’ll want me someday? That feeling
you once had for me … that hasn’t left either?”
Our hearts beat the same wild rhythm. They’re playing the
same song.
“It never left,” I say.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Welcome to Paris, Anna. I'm glad you've come.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“I don’t care what he thinks. Only what you think.” He holds me tighter. “Like if you think I need to stop biting my nails.”
“You’ve worn your pinkies to nubs,” I say cheerfully.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“Josh bear-hugs St Clair. "I'm sorry you're off the market."

"Don't tell Anna, but I bought one for you, too," St Clair says.”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
“You should show encouragement whenever you can. People try harder when they know that someone cares about them.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“You have a roommate."
"Yeah." He sounds confused.
"The, um, picture on your door surprised me."
"NO. No. I prefer my women with...fewer carnivorous beasts and less weaponry." He pauses and smiles. "Naked is okay. What she needs are a golden retriever and a telescope. Maybe then it would do it for me."
I laugh.
"A squirrel and a laboratory beaker?"
"A bunny rabbit and a flip chart," I say.
"Only if the flip chart has mathematical equations on it."
I fake swoon onto his bed. "Too much, too much!”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Josh grins. "Just give me your hand."
"W-what?"
"Your hand," he repeats. "Give it to me."
I extend my shaking right hand. And-in a moment that is a hundred dreams come true-Joshua Wasserstein laces his fingers through mine. A staggering shock of energy shoots straight into my veins. Straight into my heart.
"There," he says. "I've been waiting a long time to do that."
Not nearly as long as I've been waiting.”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
“You're doing the girl thing. Saying you're happy when you're not.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“They left me. My parents actually left me! IN FRANCE!”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“Here’s the thing about Cricket Bell. You can’t NOT notice him when he walks into a room. The first thing that registers is his height, but it’s quickly followed by recognition of his energy. He moves gracefully like his sister, but with an enthusiasm he can’t quite control- the constantly moving body, hands, feet. He’s been subdued the last few times I’ve seen him, but he’s fully revived now.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“I told him your loins were clearly burning, and he should man up and make a move."
"You did not!"
"I did. And if he doesn't, then I suggest you jump his bones."
...
I finally register what he's wearing. It's a handsome skinny black suit with a shiny sheen. The pants are too short - on purpose, of course - exposing his usual pointy shoes and a pair of blue socks that match my dress exactly.
And I totally want to jump him.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Meretricious. Showily attractive but cheap or insincere.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“But—”
“But what? You love him, and he loves you, and you live in the most romantic city in the world.”
I shake my head. “It’s not that simple.”
“Then let me put it another way. A gorgeous boy is in love with you, and you’re not even gonna try to make it work?”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“He glances down and notices that I'm still wearing a certain blue something, and, this time, it's HIS index finger that wraps underneath MY rubber band.
I shiver wonderfully. "I'm never taking it off."
Cricket brushes the delicate skin of my wrist. "It'll fall off."
"I'll ask you for another one."
"I'll give you another one." He smiles and touches his nose to mine.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Umbrellas are so small and sad and easy to forget.”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
“My smile wavers as I revert to my natural state of being: nervous and weird.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“Anna: You really think he likes me?
Rashmi: Anna. He teases you all the time. It's classic boy-pulling-girl's-pigtail syndrome. And whenever anyone else even remotely does it, he always takes your side and tells them to shove it.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“I've always thought the best relationships are those that are as happy and content in silence as they are in action [...]”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
“This warmth over the telephone. Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place? Bridgette used to be home to me. Maybe St. Clair is my new home.

I mull this over as our voices grow tired and we stop talking. We just keep each other company. My breath. His breath. My breath. His breath.

I could never tell him, but it's true.

This is home. The two of us.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“He stares at his hands. Whatever word he wrote there, its been crossed off. There's only a black box. "Lola, you were the only person I wanted there that night. I was crazy about you, but I didn't know what to do. It was paralyzing. There were so many times when I wanted to take your hand, but...I couldn't. That one small move felt impossible."
Now I'm staring at my hands, too. "I would have let you take it."
"I know." His voice croaks.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
Callipygian. Having shapely buttocks. Nice one, Bridge.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“I must be a masochist to keep putting myself in these situations. I need help. I
need to see a shrink or be locked in a padded cell or straitjacketed or something.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
“And it didn’t matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“The moon is fat, but half of her is missing. A ruler-straight line divides her dark side from her light. She hangs low over the bustling Castro, noticeably earlier than the night before. Autumn is coming. For as long as I can remember, I’ve talked to the moon. Asked her for guidance. There’s something deeply spiritual about her pale glow, her cratered surface, her waxing and waning. She wears a new dress every evening, yet she’s always herself.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“I can’t imagine Josh falling for someone vanilla.
Not that Josh would ever fall for me.
But I wouldn’t want to ruin any chance.
Even though I don’t have a chance.
But just in case I do.
Even though I don’t.”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After


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