Source: Paper Towns by John Green, Page 167
Quote: “It was profoundly creepy to see desktop after desktop with the same unmarked calendar: February 1986. February 1986. February 1986. June 1986. February 1986. I spun around and shone the light on a desk in the very center of the room the calendar had been changed to June, I leaned in close and looked at the paper of the calendar, oping to see a jagged edge where previous months had been torn off or some marks on the page where a pen had pushed through the paper, but there was nothing different from the other calendars, save the date.”
Context: Quentin the main character is still looking for Margo, but this time he has found a clue. As he was looking through the building for his soon to come clue he comes upon all these desks. All are the same except for one. This one has slight changes but enough for Q to figure out that someone had been there. And it was not some random person it was Margo
This Makes Me Think: I chose this quote because I think that some clues in our life can lead us to the ultimate treasure. This could be a person or it could be an actual treasure chest. In this case, it is leading Q one step closer to finding Margo. Margo always leaves specific clues for Q that only he can find. This gets his one step closer to his final goal.
Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- page 218
Quote: “Maybe growing up means disappointing the people that we love.”
Context: Maddy just left with Olly to Hawaii, and this is a problem because of her disease. Everyone is worried about her, especially her mom. She meets a guy named Zach and they bond over how they don’t want to disappoint their parents but they feel like they always do.
This Makes Me Think: Parents are going to be disappointed in you sometimes, it’s just a part of life. But parents will never keep you from being who you are. They love you unconditionally and if they are good parents they will never judge you, doubt you, belittle you, or neglect you. Our parents are here to help guide us, but not to make all of our decisions for us.
Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- Page 174
Quote: Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.
Context: Madeline just snuck out of her house and went to Ollys, she decided she didn’t want to live her life inside. I think that she had the thought of if she had to stay inside for the rest of her life, was she really living, or was she just thriving. So she told Olly not to be scared, that she took some magic pills from Canada and she could be outside. He believed her.
This Makes Me Think: She lied to Olly and I think that she really wants him to believe that she’s going to be okay. I think that she just wants him to have faith in her, and wait for her. It’s nice when you have someone who cares for you enough to wait for you till you figure things out. And she just wants Olly to have faith in her, and when the time is right, go on her first adventure, and take her to see the world.
Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- Page 97
Quote: “Wow.” He turns his head to look at me and I can see him trying to come to terms with just how sick I am. I look away. “The settlement paid for it.” Before he can ask I add: “The trucker who killed my dad and brother fell asleep behind the wheel. He’d been working three shifts in a row. They settled with my mom.” He turns his head back toward the ceiling. “I’m sorry.” “It’s strange because I don’t really remember them. Meaning I don’t remember them at all.” I try to ignore the feelings that surface when I think about them. There’s sadness that’s not quite sadness, and then quilt. “it’s weird to miss something you’ve never had-or don’t remember having anyway.”
Context: Madeline Whittier is an 18 year old girl who has a disease called SKID or severe combined immunodeficiency. And she is falling in love with Olly, her next door neighbor who she has been emailing and just met him face to face in real life.
This makes me think: The quote makes me think that she’s already been through so much pain and sadness without having a father figure in her life. She says that it’s weird to miss something that she’s never known or had, but she still misses him because she doesn’t know what it’s like to have a dad. I feel like there are certain things that a dad can teach you and certain things that a mom can teach you. And she didn’t have those specific lessons.
Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- Page
Quote: “How was the birthday?” She begins unpacking her medical bag. “We had fun.” “Vanilla cake and vanilla frosting?” she asks. “Of course.” “Young Frankenstein?” “Yes.” “And you lost the game?” she asks. “We’re pretty much predictable, huh?”
Context: The book starts with a 17 year old Madeline Whittier. Her life is a little different because of the fact that she has never been outside, due to her disease called SCID or severe combined immunodeficiency. This means that she basically can’t live a normal life of a teenager. No driving, no friends, no boyfriend, no real life experiences. So with her not so normal life, her best friends are her mom and her nurse Carla. The book starts the day before her 18th birthday.
This makes me think: This quote really made me think about how life is too short to be predictable. I get some people have their traditions but its nice to do something different and unpredictable every once and awhile. In the quote, she is just so predictable, this is her 18th birthday. She’s supposed to be preparing to move and become a real adult with her own house and a job. I think that it would be hard doing the same thing over and over again, knowing that other kids your age are preparing for collage and adulthood, and knowing that if you just step outside for 1 second can change your world in an instant. It made me realize that I need to take chances and be daring and unpredictable sometimes because life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler- Page 22
Context: The book has just started but we know that Piper works at a candy shop and she loves it. She works with all her friends and she it seems like the perfect job. Piper has a friend from her swim team named Charlie and he is actually so sweet. You find out a lot about Charlie in this chapter.
Quote: ” We sit there looking out at the lights of the city and the handful of stars you can see from in town. “How was your trip?” I ask finally. “Okay,” he says. “Okay? What about all those California girls you were talking about before you left?” “Well, that part was pretty good.” He says “Heartbreaker,” I say. Charlie puts up his hand. “No hearts were broken.” “How was it with your mom?” I ask. “Weird,” He says. Charlies dad and mom split up at the end of last summer and his mom moved out to California. This was his first trip to see her. “Weird how?” I ask. “Just weird seeing her without my dad, you know?” I nod. I’m familiar with that kind of weirdness, having lived through my mom’s two divorces. “Tell me it gets easier,” he says. I can’t see his face in the darkness, but I can hear the sadness in his voice. “It gets easier,” I say, but can’t fully muster any conviction. It took me a long time to get used to seeing my mom with Beau and it’s never been easy seeing her without him.
This made me think: Although I personally have never had to expirence the splitting up of two parents, I have seen so many close family friends go through it. It’s not easy to go through and it takes time. And with Pipers expirence she had got close to two father figures in her life, and they left.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler- Page 103
Context: Piper Paisley does NOT like Valentines Day, just because she was born on the day doesn’t mean she has to like it. Until she gets a boyfriend and everything changes, then he breaks up with her. Although Piper is hurt, she doesn’t let that get to her. The next day, she goes to swim, and she drinks this nasty smoothie that her friends coach said to try, it was terrible. Absolutely horrendous. Kale in a smoothie, NOT an good idea. So piper ends up getting sick, and coach has a rule, one person gets sick, they get released out of swim practice early, 2 people get sick practice ends immediately and the ones who get sick have to clean up the mess. At least Piper wasn’t alone right? WRONG she sees her ex boyfriend already flirting with another girl. This makes Piper sick to her stomach… again. Until Ben Donovan came over and saved the day.
Quote: “Ben looks over to where Peter is still flirting with the blonde. “He’s really broken up about you guys,” he says I shake my head and hide a smile, both because he’s being so nice to me and because Ben Donovan actually noticed I was going out with peter.”
This makes me think: Piper likes Ben Donovan and he seems like a really big deal. He’s being really nice to Piper after the whole ‘Peter break up’. That’s a very big move for Donovan because he is surrounded by his friends and teammates and he still chooses to talk to her because he knows that she’s probably hurt by Peter bouncing back so quickly.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper- Page 5
Quote: ” “Any word from Stewart?” I ask, looking over at Claire. She shakes her head. “Maybe he doesn’t have phone service up in the mountains.” I feel my heart start racing like it always does when I lie.”
Context: Not much has really happened because the book has just started but basically, they all want valentines for Valentines Day, except for Piper. Piper doesn’t see why she needs a valentine. Just because her birthday in on Valentines Day, her friends think she is a romantic, she’s not. Her friend Claire’s boyfriend is up in the mountains and he’s not responding to Claire’s texts. This makes Claire super on edge.
This makes me think: Piper is very anxious that her boyfriend isn’t texting her back, she could be anxious for many reasons but some that I thought were relevant are, maybe she thinks he has gotten hurt or maybe she thinks that he has found another girl.
Source: Two Summers, Aimee Friedman- page 161
Quote:“I dab at my eyes and refocus in the painting , soaking in all the details: the swirls of Dad’s paintbrush in the blue sky, the tiny crack in the lower right-hand corner of the canvas. The deep, saturated red of the poppies.
Context: Summer’s parents are divorced, but it’s not like a usual divorce when the child goes to one parent for the weekdays and the other for the weekends. Instead Summer lives with her mom a little outside of New York, and her dad lives in France. Right now she is seeing the painting her dad made for her for the first time, and she is so overwhelmed by it, she gets really emotional and starts to see that her dad loves her.
This Makes Me Think: When you go to an art gallery, you admire the art that is there. But with Summers experience it’s different, it was made for her, it’s very important. You only notice the important small details when you feel a connection to the art.
Source: Two Summers, Aimee Friedman-page 65
Quote: “My head is really hurting, and my legs are shaky, so I let myself fall into the brown chair behind me. I hug my tote bag my chest, holding back a sob. I don’t think you should come, Dad had said. His voice reverberates in my ears. Why would he do this, reverse everything, ruin everything? Couldn’t he have told me sooner? All my planning and packing and excitement-gone in one phone call. Done. Poof. Magic.”
Context: This is part two of the story so it’s basically another version of what is happening. In his version she never went to Paris, her dad called her and told her not to come this year but to come next year. She’s obviously very disappointed.
This Made Me Think: That Summer may be dreaming, the author hasn’t said it straight forward but they have vaguely hinted at the possibility that this may be a dream. I truly was very confused when I got to the second part of the book, it was a whole different side to the story but I hope it makes more sense towards the end of the book.