5 Amazing Sentences from YA Novels

5 Amazing Sentences from YA Novels

Written by Grant Goodman, 12/16/2014

I was recently given the link to Buzzfeed’s 51 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature. It’s a wonderful collection. I thought that YA novels deserve the same treatment. So over the next few months, as a recurring feature, I’ll be collecting and sharing my picks for Amazing Sentences in YA.

1.  I feel such a tenderness for these vulnerable night-time conversations, the way the words take a different shape in the air when there’s no light in the room.

David Levithan, Every Day

2. Moonlight can reveal the truth of things.

-Joseph Delaney, The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

3. Life is short, but it’s wide.

-Wendy Mass, Every Soul a Star

4. The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was still alive.

-Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

5. There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

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Seal of Approval: EVERY DAY by David Levithan

Seal of Approval: EVERY DAY by David Levithan

“A” wakes up in a different body every day. He takes over some teen’s consciousness, spends a day, and then moves on to the next one. The process is, as far as A can tell, random. Sometimes A wakes up in a guy’s body, sometimes in a girl’s. It’s a life that’s not really a life at all, because A never gets to live out a full story. New day, new story.

The concept is brilliant. A has lived through a lot: dead end relationships, drug addicts, depressed teens. A doesn’t fully understand human connection, because he (or she or whatever) never stays in one place for long. His life changes when he meets Rhiannon and finally finds a real connection with someone.

EVERY DAY is a new spin on teen romance. A’s constant reincarnation is chaotic and his pursuit of Rhiannon is a seemingly impossible task. How can he manage to reach her when he’s someone new every single time?