"Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia"
"I smoke to die"
"How will we get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"
"Y'all smoke to enjoy it, i smoke to die" Because I thought that was poignant. I read that, without knowing what happened at the end and realised that it was relevant. It was simple, yet sums up Alaska's pain and unhappiness perfectly
"When adults say 'teenagers think they are invincible' in that tone of voice, they don't know how right they are."
I love that entire passage. I don't have my copy nearby, and I only read it once but that bit really struck me. I just really like it
"Y'all smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die."
pg. 56 ""Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war."
I love a lot of lines in this book. Here are some that haven't been mentioned already:
For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, "Run run run run run," and took off, pulling me behind her. -- page 21
"Pudge, what you must understand about me is that I am a deeply unhappy person." -- page 124
She wasn't even a person anymore, just flesh rotting, but I loved her present tense. -- page 152
It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things. -- page 213
These are all easy to keep track of because I used an index card as a bookmark and wrote things down as I went along. :)
""I don't suppose I can wear the flamingo tie," he said as he pulled on black socks.
"It's a bit festive, given the occasion," I responded.
"Can't wear it to the opera," said the Colonel, almost smiling. "Can't wear it to a funeral. Can't use it to hang myself. It's a bit useless, as ties go." I gave him a tie."
I love when Pudge is debating the definition of an instant death. Whether it even exists.
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
Even though it has already been posted:
"We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken." - p.220
“What is an "instant" death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”
“They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”
“It's not because I want to make out with her."
Hold on." He grabbed a pencil and scrawled excitedly at the paper as if he'd just made a mathematical breakthrough and then looked back up at me. "I just did some calculations, and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit”
“I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.”
“The Colonel led all the cheers.
Cornbread!" he screamed.
CHICKEN!" the crowd responded.
And then, all together: "WE GOT HIGHER SATs."
Hip Hip Hip Hooray!" the Colonel cried.
YOU'LL BE WORKIN' FOR US SOMEDAY!”
“Sometimes I don't get you,' I said.
She didn't even glance at me. She just smiled toward the television and said, 'You never get me. That's the whole point.”
“There are times when it is appropriate, even preferable, to get an erection when someone's face is in close proximity to your penis.
This was not one of those times.”