Reading a good book is sometimes the only means to grasp a very specific texture of humanity. Like this: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from YA books that left us hand over heart with longing, or prickly eyed with truth, or grasping for the hope we had a moment ago, but seem to have misplaced.

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

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Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

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The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

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Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

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Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

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The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

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Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

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