Quotable Quotes is a collection of quotes from the latest books I’ve read. This feature is for quotes from the young adult fiction, Holding Up The Universe. If you are interested in reading it, you might want to check out my thoughts on Jennifer Niven’s work here. In the meantime, here are some catchy phrases from the book.


“Avoid crowds. Avoid people. You only end up pissing them off.” ~ Jack on his disorder, and basically, life


“It’s been my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.” ~ Libby on bullies


“I add in one or two lines, the meanest things I can think of, so that I don;t have to hear it from anyone else. I write it so they don’t have to. This way, there’s nothing they can say about me that I haven’t said myself.” ~ Libby on self deprecation and bullying


I’m taking you to the moon and back. And while we’re up there, I’m going to collect the start for you so that you can keep them.” ~ Libby on their first date


“Because to like someone back indicates reciprocating something that was already in existence.” ~ Jack, Holding Up The Universe


“If there’s anything I’ve learned in counselling and losing my mom, it’s best to just say what’s on your mind. If you try to carry everything around all the time, pretty soon you’ll end up flat on your back in bed, too big to even get up or even turn over.” ~ Libby, Holding Up The Universe


“It’s easy to give everyone what they want, what’s expected. The problem with doing this is you lose sight of where you truly being and where the fake you, the one who tries to be everything to everyone, begins.” ~ Jack on pretensions and being yourself


“But she can’t stop me from dancing. No one’s going to tell me not to dance anymore. No one should tell you what you can or can’t do either. Including you.” ~ Libby on passion


“It’s not moving on. It’s moving differently. That’s all in it. Different life. Different world. Different rules. We don’t ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.” ~ Libby’s father on death, grief and moving forward


“It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of stars.” ~ Jack on dealing with his disorder

And lastly:


“Dear Friend,

You are not a freak, you are wanted, you are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there.

Love, a fellow reader.”

Never forget, “You are wanted.”