Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller in the movie of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

18 Times YA Lit Captured Our Feelings Exactly

Originally published on Early Bird Books

Anyone who waited up all night for the release of the next Harry Potter book or was quick to voice an opinion of Holden Caulfield understands the impact young adult novels can have on a person during adolescence. Beginning with youth and lasting through adulthood, teen literature exerts the power to entertain, inform, and inspire readers of all ages.

We have collected our favorite YA book quotes that offer insights on everything from love to life. Here are 18 quotes that succinctly reveal important truths that we can all relate to.

On Love

“It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason.”

Every Day, by David Levithan

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green


On Friendship

“We’ve been friends too long to pick, but if we could pick, I’d pick you.”

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Levithan and John Green

“Best friends are important. They’re the closest thing to a sister you’ll ever have.”

The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”

Someone Like You, by Sarah Dessen

“Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.”

Golden Son, by Pierce Brown


On Courage

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner


On Individuality 

“If you’re good at it, and you love it, and it helps you navigate the river of the world, then it can’t be wrong.”

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

“There’s nothing wrong with being different.”

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard


On Life

“I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

Legend, by Marie Lu

“Nothing prepares you for change. All of a sudden the unexpected can drop into your lap and wake you up from your napping life.”

The Other Half of Me, by Emily Franklin

“I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

“As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative.”

Paper Towns, by John Green

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