Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#20

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

16189172Favourite Quotes:

1. “Life isn’t about how long you live it, but what you do with it. When you have lived for too long and experienced so much, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, begin to blur. Immortality isn’t a goal, it’s a temptation–a punishment.”

2. “But sometimes you have to sacrifice your life for the safety of others, even if you don’t know who those people are.”

3. “It is always better to die like a hero than live like a coward.”

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

51737Favourite quotes (There are MANY):

1. “An empty frame, in which the picture is always changing, makes a statement about how time is always passing. It doesn’t really stop, even in a single image. It just feels that way.”

2. I’d long ago learned not to be picky in farewells. They weren’t guaranteed or promised. You were lucky, more than blessed, if you got a goodbye at all.

3. I’d been doing so well, as far as everyone was concerned, for so long, that it seemed like it would be a failure of some sort to admit otherwise. As with so much else, I’d missed my chance.

4. I am not a spontaneous person. But when you’re alone in the world, really alone, you have no choice but to be open to suggestions.

5. “God,” she said, sighing as she pushed her hair out of her face, “doesn’t it seem, sometimes, that the whole damn world’s uphill?”

6. But that was the problem with having the answers. It was only after you gave them that you realized they sometimes weren’t what people wanted to hear.

7. “But if everything was always smooth and perfect,” she continued, “you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

8. That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.

9. But it was okay not to fit everywhere, as long as you did somewhere.

10. It was weird, I thought, how much you could have in common with someone and, from a distance, never even know it.

11. Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, to how it holds you to a place.

12. “Just because someone’s pretty doesn’t mean she’s decent. Or vice versa. I’m not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting.”

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Sarah Dessen’s New Novel

She finally chose the official title for her newest book! And I was surprised because it wasn’t either of the titles that she was going back and forth with before.  Instead, she chose the title, The Moon And More. Kind of bummed it’s not one of the two titles from before because I was just starting to like Someone Else’s Summer. 

The Moon And More will be out  June 4, 2013.  Just in time for summer. I cannot wait! If this book was as good or better than What Happened To Goodbye, Just Listen, This lullaby, and The Truth About Forever than I will definitely love it to death forever. If you haven’t read anything by Sarah Dessen then you should because she’s an amazing writer, really talented.

(Mini Summary of The Moon And More)

Set in the fictional beach town of Colby, where several of Dessen’s novels take place, it features 18-year-old Emmeline, who is spending her last summer before college working for her family’s vacation rental business and enjoying a summer romance with a young aspiring filmmaker.

What Happened To Goodbye By Sarah Dessen

4.7/5-Mclean has gotten the opportunity that a lot of people would love to get a fresh start somewhere new. This story is the reason why Sarah Dessen is my favourite author.

(Summary Taken From Goodreads)

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

(My Opinion)

To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can’t hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters’ Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.

Sarah Dessen was trying to get the fast-paced writing-style she usually has in her novels into this one. I think she did a great job with it considering the pace for one of her other books. But I still felt like she could improve more with some of the secondary characters.

The fact that Sarah Dessen chose two places for all of her books to be set in is great. What makes this book even better is when she includes characters from her older books into this one. I loved that and how she put them in the most normal places too. Like in all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the message was amazing and heartfelt with a dash of love and romance in there. If she keeps this great job up, her next book is going to be a smashing hit. I would recommend this book at anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen’s books and/or love romance novels with an even deeper meaning than romance is everything you need, go get this book. 

What Happened To Goodbye By Sarah Dessen

4.7/5-Mclean has gotten the opportunity that a lot of people would love to get a fresh start somewhere new. This story is the reason why Sarah Dessen is my favourite author.

(Summary Taken From Goodreads)

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

(My Opinion)

To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can’t hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters’ Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.

Sarah Dessen was trying to get the fast-paced writing-style she usually has in her novels into this one. I think she did a great job with it considering the pace for one of her other books. But I still felt like she could improve more with some of the secondary characters.

The fact that Sarah Dessen chose two places for all of her books to be set in is great. What makes this book even better is when she includes characters from her older books into this one. I loved that and how she put them in the most normal places too. Like in all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the message was amazing and heartfelt with a dash of love and romance in there. If she keeps this great job up, her next book is going to be a smashing hit. I would recommend this book at anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen’s books and/or love romance novels with an even deeper meaning than romance is everything you need, go get this book.

That Summer By Sarah Dessen

3.6/5 I was so disappointed with this book but I guess that’s why this is her first book.

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

What I don’t like about this book is that Haven doesn’t fall in love with someone. I thought she would find someone-anyone to go out with like in all of her other books but nothing like that happens. Also that the message in this book is clear at times but fuzzy at others, I wish Sarah Dessen was consistent like how she is with her more recent novels. But more importantly, this book was a huge let down for me because she fell short in almost every category that Sarah Dessen usually excels in. 

What I like about this book is how awkward Haven is. The character Haven to me, was very original because she’s a girl trying to figure out who she is, while being so tall that she feels uncomfortable with her height and how much everyone loved to talk about how tall she is. And I the sisterly-love near the end of the book because, really, family is forever. This book shows you that you really can’t change who you’re stuck with and you have to live with what you got. And at the end of the day, would you really want to change your family?

‘The Best After Ever’…I Mean ‘Someone Else’s Summer’ By Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new book and I am overly excited and cannot wait to read it! But what’s making me really nervous is that she’s changing the title a lot. I don’t mean to sound petty and annoying over a title, but usually once there is a title that is chosen and you release it to the public for everyone to see, then that means that will be the title of the book.

This has actually been keeping me up at night and it bothers the shit out of me. I really did like her first title a lot more than her second title (which is also good but sounds like it’s for her next-next upcoming novel). I just hope that she won’t change it again once I (hopefully) get used to this new title.

The first one that I liked is ‘The Best After Ever’.

The second title is “Someone Else’s Summer’.

Which one do you like best?

That Summer By Sarah Dessen

3.6/5 I was so disappointed with this book but I guess that’s why this is her first book.

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

What I don’t like about this book is that Haven doesn’t fall in love with someone. I thought she would find someone-anyone to go out with like in all of her other books but nothing like that happens. Also that the message in this book is clear at times but fuzzy at others, I wish Sarah Dessen was consistent like how she is with her more recent novels. But more importantly, this book was a huge let down for me because she fell short in almost every category that Sarah Dessen usually excels in. 

What I like about this book is how awkward Haven is. The character Haven to me, was very original because she’s a girl trying to figure out who she is, while being so tall that she feels uncomfortable with her height and how much everyone loved to talk about how tall she is. And I the sisterly-love near the end of the book because, really, family is forever. This book shows you that you really can’t change who you’re stuck with and you have to live with what you got. And at the end of the day, would you really want to change your family?