30+ quotes from Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Quotes from Where She Went

Gayle Forman ·  264 pages

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“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You don’t share me. You own me.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“But I'd do it again. I know that now. I'd make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she's somewhere out there. Alive.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I'll get through today.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it's the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“There are so many things that demand to be said. Where did you go? Do you ever think about me? You've ruined me. Are you okay? But of course, I can't say any of that.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Hate me. Devastate me. Annihilate me. Re-create me. Re-create me. Won't you, won't you won't you re-create me.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years," She says in a choked voice. "About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you'd lost?”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“It would’ve been easier to die. It’s not that I want to be dead now. I don’t. I have a lot in my life that I get satisfaction from, that I love. But some days, especially in the beginning, it was so hard. And I couldn’t help but think that it would’ve been so much simpler to go with the rest of them. But you—you asked me to stay. You begged me to stay. You stood over me and you made a promise to me, as sacred as any vow.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“I get it now.
I have to make good on my promise. To let her go. To really let her go.
To let us both go.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“First you inspect me
Then you dissect me
Then you reject me
I wait for the day
That you'll resurrect me
"Animate”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“We'll tell our secrets to the dark"-Adam
"Okay"-Mia
"So let's hear another of your irrational fears"-Adam
"I'm scared of losing you"-Mia
"I said 'irrational' fears. Because that's not gonna happen"-Adam
"It still scares me"- Mia”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You?' is all I can manage to choke out.

'Always me,' she replies softly, bashfully. 'Who else?”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“And then Adam Wilde shows up at Carnegie Hall on the biggest night of my career, and it felt like more than a coincidence. It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“I've become to realize there's a world of difference between knowing something happened, even knowing why it happened, and believing it.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Her hands were freezing, just like they always were, so I warmed them, just like I always did.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person's absence will affect you more than another's.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You crossed the water, left me ashore
It killed me enough, but you wanted more
You blew up the bridge, a mad terrorist
Waved from your side, through me a kiss
I started to follow but realized too late
There was nothing but air underneath my feet"

—from the song "Bridge" on the Collateral Damage album”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You talked to me, but you didn’t. I could see you having these two-sided conversations. The things you wanted to say to me. And the words that actually came out.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“I'll be your mess, you be mine
That was the deal that we had signed
I bought a hazmat suit to clean up your waste
Gas masks, gloves, to keep us safe
But now I'm alone in an empty room
Staring down immaculate doom
"Messy”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Barrel of the gun, rounds one two three
She says I have to pick: choose you, or choose me
Metal to the temple, the explosion is deafening
Lick the blood that covers me
She’s the last one standing
“Roulette”
Collateral Damage, Track 11”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“It's my turn to see you through,' she whispers, coming back to me and wrapping me in her blanket as I lose my shit all over again. She holds me until I recover my Y chromosome.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You're a total freak. But you're my freak.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Standing here, in this quiet house where I can hear the birds chirping out back, I think I’m kind of getting the concept of closure. It’s no big dramatic before-after. It’s more like that melancholy feeling you get at the end of a really good vacation. Something special is ending, and you’re sad, but you can’t be that sad because, hey, it was good while it lasted, and there’ll be other vacations, other good times.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“You dumb-ass," I crooned, kissing her on the forehead. "You don't share me. You own me.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“That’s the thing you never expect about grieving, what a competition
it is.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


“Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it's the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it's frozen shut.”
― Gayle Forman, quote from Where She Went


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