I fell in love with Nicola Yoon’s writing when I read her debut novel Everything, Everything. And I LOVE Amandla Stenber, who’s playing Madeline in the movie. So, now that my sister’s wedding craziness is over, I’m extremely pumped to see this adaptation. Depending on how much writing and lesson planning I get through this morning, I’m hoping to see it this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow. In anticipation and celebration, here are my favorite quotes from the book (you’ll notice a fair number of them contain the word everything):
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”
“Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.”
“You can’t predict the future. It turns out that you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes them both.”
“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
“His words made me aware that the heart in my chest is a muscle like any other. It can hurt.”
“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
Have you seen the movie or are you planning to? One of my best friends saw it last week and loved it, so I definitely have high expectations!
3 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”
This book was just full of great quotes. I’m cautiously optimistic about the movie.
I liked the movie, but can understand why some people haven’t.