Beautiful Sentences From YA Books

Do you ever find yourself reading a book and suddenly one perfect sentence grabs your heart and hold on tight?  Sometimes it only takes one sentence to make a book a favorite for life.

Browse though the following beautiful sentences of Young Adult books.  If they leave you wanting more, all of these books are available in the school library.

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

“Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them. It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.”
Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X

“This is what I want: I want to grab my brother’s hand and run back through time, losing years like coats falling from our shoulders.”
—Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway.”

—John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“The thing about falling is you don’t have any control on your way down.”
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

“I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.”
Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”
—Julie Murphy, Dumplin’

“Do you think there’s a difference? Between belonging with and belonging to?
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones.”
Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen

“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
—Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.”
—Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

“I like knowing that you exist. It doesn’t make me feel any less lonely, because life is lonely, but it makes me feel a lot less alone.”
Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact

“Here I am frozen, when I deserve to burn.”
—E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

“Nothing was worse than someone wanting you to talk when the words you needed to say hadn’t even been invented yet.”
—Robin Benway, Far from the Tree

They weren’t meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken to follow.”
Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down

“But that was Rishi…he was like a pop song you thought you couldn’t stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.”
Sandhya Menon, When Dimple Met Rishi

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.”
—Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love—the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”
—Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat

“I’ll never understand how time can make a moment feel as close as yesterday and as far as years.”
Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me

“The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.”
—Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
—Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

“Love is when hearts beat together.”
Dhonielle Clayton, The Belles

“Your emotions make you human. Even the unpleasant ones have a purpose. Don’t lock them away. If you ignore them, they just get louder and angrier.”
Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

“She would bloom where she was planted and let her roots close around the throats of her enemies.”
Julie C. Dao, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

“There’s something ugly about a pretty boy who knows he’s pretty and assumes everyone else know it too.”
—Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls

“The day I came squealing and squalling into the world was the first time someone tried to kill me. I guess it should have been obvious to everyone right then that I wasn’t going to have a normal life.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation



[Based on the post “50 Beautiful Sentences from Young Adult Books“, by Alison Doherty, 19/07/2019]


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