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Madeline Whittier Quotes

18 of the best book quotes from Madeline Whittier
  1. #1
    “I wish again that I could talk to my mom about this. I want to ask her why I get breathless when I think of him. I want to share my giddiness with her. I want to tell her all the funny things Olly says. I want to tell her how I can’t make myself stop thinking about him even though I try. I want to ask her if this is the way she felt about Dad at the beginning.”
  2. #2
    “How am I supposed to go back to my old life, my days stretching out before me with unending and brutal sameness? How am I supposed to go back to being The Girl Who Reads? Not that I begrudge my life in books. All I know about the world I’ve learned from them. But a description of a tree is not a tree, and a thousand paper kisses will never equal the feel of Olly’s lips against mine.”
  3. #3
    “He’s much too smart to fall for this, but he wants it to be true. He wants it to be true more than he wants the truth. The smile that breaks across his face is cautious, but so beautiful that I can’t look away. I would lie to him again for that smile.”
  4. #4
    “This year is a little harder than the previous. Maybe it’s because I’m eighteen now. Technically, I’m an adult. I should be leaving home, going off to college. My mom should be dreading empty-nest syndrome. But because of SCID, I’m not going anywhere.”
  5. #5
    “Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
  6. #6
    “Basically, I’m allergic to the world. Anything can trigger a bout of sickness.”
  7. #7
    “Olly’s rejection has made me feel like a little girl again. It reminded me why I stopped paying attention to the world before.”
  8. #8
    “I guess if you’re going to be born with an illness that requires constant care, then it’s good to have your mom as your doctor.”
  9. #9
    “Actually, mine’s not blank at all, but I really can’t tell him how beautiful his eyes are. They’re Atlantic Ocean blue, just like he’d said. It’s strange because of course I’d known that. But the difference between knowing it and seeing them in person is the difference between dreaming of flying and flight.”
  1. #10
    “It feels strange not to talk to my mom about something, someone, who’s becoming so important to me. My mom and I are drifting apart, but not because we’re spending less time together. And not because Olly’s replacing her. We’re drifting apart because for the first time in my life, I have a secret to keep.”
  2. #11
    ″ ‘It’s better this way. I don’t want you to have a broken heart.’
    ‘Love can’t kill me,’ I say, parroting Carla’s words.
    ‘That’s not true,’ she says. ‘Whoever told you that?’ ”
  3. #12
    ″ ‘You should leave them,’ I say. ‘It’s not safe for you there.’
    I say it because he doesn’t know it. He’s trapped by the same memory of love, of better times, that his mother is, and it isn’t enough.”
  4. #13
    “What am I going to regret? My mind cycles through visions: my mom alone in my white room wondering where everyone she’s ever loved went. My mom alone in a green field staring down at my grave and my dad’s grave and my brother’s grave. My mom dying all alone in that house.”
  5. #14
    “Ever since Olly came into my life there’ve been two Maddys: the one who lives through books and doesn’t want to die, and the one who lives and suspects that death will be a small price to pay for it. The first Maddy is surprised at the direction of her thoughts. The second Maddy, the one from the Hawaii photograph? She’s like a god—impervious to cold, famine, disease, natural and man-made disasters. She’s impervious to heartbreak.
    The second Maddy knows that this pale half life is not really living.”
  6. #15
    “I know she’s not upset that I bought new clothes. She’s upset that I didn’t ask her opinion and bought them in colors that she didn’t expect. She’s upset with the change she didn’t see coming. I resent and understand it at the same time.”
  7. #16
    ″ If I were going to be something when I grew up, an architect is what I would be.”
  8. #17
    “Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”
  9. #18
    “Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

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