Hearts can break over so many things, it makes them seem awfully fragile. They can break over losing love, or never having enough to begin with. Grief cracks them wide open. Thwarted ambition can do some damage, too. With as much of a beat-up as these poor organs yet, it’s no wonder YA lit is saturated with heartbreak. As book lovers, we’re part of their wordy support group. Books break our hearts, and then give us the words to heal them. Here are ten quotes about it that feel so true.
“The thing is, there are good days and bad days. I feel almost guilty saying they aren’t all bad.”
“You can love someone so much….But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”
“She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there–like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.”
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“‘Do you think it’s funny that both of our favourite memories are about the people we like the least now?’ I ask.
‘Maybe that’s why we dislike them,’ she says. “The distance between who they were and who they are is so wide, we have no hope of getting them back.'”
“Then someone came along and showed me there was a door in the room. One that I’d never even seen before. Then he opened it for me. Held my hand as I walked through it. And for one perfect day, I was on the other side. I was somewhere else. Someone else. And then he was gone, and I was thrown back into my little room. And now, no matter what I do, I can’t seem to find that door.”
“Sometimes you do things that feel bad later just so you don’t feel worse right now.”
“‘I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’
‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.'”
“Memory’s a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want. I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much.”
“Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?”