Ever since Taylor Swift’s Lover got released, I can’t stop feeling like a teenager for whom romantic love precedes everything. Even though this notion can be a bit problematic, for now, I’m going to indulge my sappy mood by reading (and making everyone read) my favorite (mostly) YA love quotes.
1. “Kissing is just another way of talking expect without the words.”
2. “Dignity is overrated. You know what trumps dignity? Kissing.”
—Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
3. “Then his lips caress mine. It’s only a brush, but the warmth overheats every part of me. Leaning back, my elbow bumps into the power button on the dryer and the old appliance starts moving. Spinning. Spinning like my head. Like my heart.”
—He Loves Me…He Loves You Not by Lauren Hammond
4. “In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”
—Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
5. “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
—Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
6. “I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.
Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game—and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.”
—The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
7. “It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.”
—To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
8. “The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat—soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
9. “I wanted to tell them that I’d never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren’t meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn’t have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. ‘Dante’s my friend.'”
—Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
10. “We kissed, and I was every color in the world, alight.”
11. “He was like a pop song you thought you couldn’t stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.”