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Thursday Quotables – June 11th 2015


Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.



Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Coming of Age

Release Date: May 14th 2013

Page Count: 439

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9781442444928

Goodreads synopsis: Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking

The Quotes

“Joey told me nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was, that things expand and contract–like breathing, but you could never fill your lungs up with the same air twice.”

“And as I padded in my bare feet to the end of the boy’s floor, I kept thinking about all the horror movies I’d seen where you just sit there yelling inside your head, ‘Don’t open that door, you fucking idiot!’ So what did I do? I opened the door.”

“There’s no time-outs or do-overs, there’s just gravity. That, and lots of witnesses to see your chute collapse as your body plummets helplessly toward certain death.”

“Mr. Wellins said it didn’t matter what a writer intended his work to mean, that the only thing that mattered was what it meant to the reader.”

“Wednesday morning brought one of those cold Pacific rains that makes you feel like the gray of the sky has worked its way inside your skin.”

“I rolled onto my back in the mud, my face turned up into the rain, eyes blurred, scanning the darkness of the clouds for the giant face of a mocking God who might be up there laughing at my stitched-and-stomped-on-skinny-bitch-ass.”

“My life is hell. No–worse than that. My life is a Band-Aid on my ballsack.”


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