28+ quotes from The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

Quotes from The Last Summer (of You and Me)

Ann Brashares ·  306 pages

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“Sometimes you couldn’t face the sadness of being forgotten until you felt the comfort of being remembered again.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“You'll turn out ordinary if you're not careful.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Healing wasn’t always the best thing. Sometimes a hole was better left open. Sometimes it healed too thick and too well and left separate pieces fused and incompetent. And it was harder to reopen after that.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“She wanted him to see all of her and also none of her. She wanted him to be dazzled by the bits and blinded by the whole. She wanted him to see her whole and not in pieces. She had hopes that were hard to satisfy.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“You surround yourself with your pain or you avoid it and let it find you when you are trying to do other things”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“It was hard to feel the right emotions at the right times. They didn’t come at all when you set a place for them, and they sacked when you weren’t ready, when you were just innocently flossing your teeth, for example, or eating a bowl of cereal. ”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“There was nothing new in sitting on this dock, on this or that wooden bench, watching for his boat to come. In some ways, she was always waiting for him.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“She was astonished, and at the same time she knew. There were many things in life like that. You couldn’t imagine it, and then it happened and you couldn’t really imagine it hadn’t.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“She wasn’t sure if he wanted more from her or if he wanted less. Maybe it was both. Maybe it was always both.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Honesty was a tough customer... Once you started allowing yourself some honesty, it couldn't easily be contained or limited to one part of your life. It was like poison ivy or a bossy houseguest. Once it was there, you couldn't tell it what to do. You had to really fight to keep it from taking over. ”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Riley was quiet for a minute. She gathered her blanket all around her. "Paul always loved you, Alice. He knows I know that. I know he loves me, too. But it's different."

Alice opened her mouth, but nothing came out at first. "He loved me once. But I think that part is over," she said slowly.

"No, it's not. It hasn't even begun." Riley took Alice's bare foot in her hand and squeezed it. "I told him, though, that he better be good to you. When you came along, I said I'd share you, but I told him to remember that you're my sister. I loved you first."

― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“There was love expressed in the places you usually forget to look.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“But like everything else, love changed.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“she never showed girly weaknesses like cellulite or crushes. she never lingered on injustices committed against her.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“I told him, though, that he better be good to you. When you came along, I said I'd share you, but I told him to remember that you're my sister. I loved you first. (Riley to her sister Alice about Paul)”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“I hated motorcycles. I said to my mother, 'I'll never get a motorcycle.' And she said, 'You never know what you'll want when you are older.'

After that, the thing that scared me was not so much the motorcycle itself, but that I could turn into a person who would want one. I was scared of the idea that I could become an entirely different person, a stranger to myself.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“I told him that he better be good to you. When you came along, I said I'd share you, but I told him to remember that you're my sister. I loved you first.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Alice suspected Paul couldn’t really picture his father, just like she couldn’t picture Paul when he was away. Maybe that was the case with people you wanted more than was good for you.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“There was a moment in between, a moment flung free in the midst of the transition, when he made contact. That was the moment she would dwell on.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“How is it that a person could be so relieved and so disappointed, both at the same time.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Let me love you, but don't love me back. Do love me and lt me hate you for a while. Let me feel like I have some control, because I know I never do.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Something about giving in without a fight felt wrong.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“You could feel things or you could find a way to shut down. But once you were feeling things, you couldn't decide exactly what to feel.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Everyone is fragile. Everything beautiful is fragile”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“People left a lot of things behind when they went in the water. Their clothes, their stuff, their makeup, their fixed-up hair, their voices, their hearing, their sight--at least as they normally experienced them....Some people lost their individuality in the water, but Riley always felt most herself. Water was supposed to symbolize renewal, she knew, but when Riley swam, pared down, alone, and unreachable--she felt a deeper sense of who she already was.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“Exactly! We run or we lose ourselves in something, somebody, anything to try and ease our pain.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“His distress and pleasure mixed and married, giving birth to several anxious children.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


“She didn't deserve it, which was to say she deserved better.”
― Ann Brashares, quote from The Last Summer (of You and Me)


About the author

Ann Brashares
Born place: in Virginia, The United States
Born date July 30, 1967
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