I Love Sarah Dessen - Top Five Favorite Quotes

One of my first favorite authors was Sarah Dessen. She is still a favorite all these years later. I was asked to participate in this tour by Joli from Actin' Up with Books and of course, I said yes! I'm going to share my experience meeting Sarah and top five of my favorite quotes from her books.

A couple of years ago, right around the time What Happened to Goodbye released, I dragged my mom with me to Raleigh for a signing and reading for Sarah Dessen and that book. I've been to a few signings/conventions and met a few authors, but this time with Sarah always stands out.

She was so nice, hilarious, and it made me love her books even more. Even my mom loved going because it was just that great. Last year at YALLFest, she spoke at one of their events, and that was amazing too. My point here is if you ever have the chance to meet her, go to a signing or event where she will be there, do it!

Now for the quotes!

This was way harder than I thought it would be. Somehow, I managed to do it though. Please excuse any accidental miswordings. In no particular order, here are my top five favorite quotes from Sarah Dessen's books:

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” - This Lullaby 

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” - The Truth About Forever

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones... you might as well hold on to them. You know?” - Lock and Key

“I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.” - Keeping the Moon

“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.” - Lock and Key

Do you have a favorite quote?

That's all for me! Be sure to enter this awesome giveaway and check out the rest of the tour! Thanks for including me, Joli!

- Heather, The Turning Pages - Meeting Sarah 
- Joli, Actin' Up with Books - Someone Like You, How to Deal movie tie-in
- Heather, The Turning Pages - Saint Anything Review
June 8 - Kristalyn, The Sarcastic Palmtree - a review
June 11 - Stephanie, Ohana Reads - a review




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