23 Beautifully Written Sentences In YA Novels

by Zoraida Córdova

There is no better feeling than falling in love with a book. Sometimes, a book comes into your life at just the right time. Sometimes, you read a book so often, the lines that matter always stay with you close.

The first time I read It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, I felt understood in all of my anger and emotion. I think of lines from the text often; it's one of those books that I will always own a copy of because of what it means to me. When I reflect upon a book like Tender Is the Night, my favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald's works, I remember feelings. I keep my favorite poem, "Airport" by Lenard D. Moore, taped on the inside of my planner so I can always return to it when I need it.

We remember beautiful words. Words that make us think and ache and love and remember. Whichever book that is for you, we can all agree that these words should be celebrated. Young Adult literature is packed with so many wonderful books that it's almost hard to narrow down and choose a few. Her are some of the most beautiful sentences in YA. I hope you find a new favorite among them.


“I promised you the moon for your throne and stars to wear in your hair," said Amar, gesturing inside. "And I always keep my promises.”

— The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


“There were few things worse than being ordinary, in Evie’s opinion. Ordinary was for suckers.”

The Diviners by Libba Bray


“We're kindling amid lightning strikes, a lit match and dry wood, fire danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.”

— The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


“If bravery is a medical condition, everybody's misdiagnosed me.”

— The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.”

— The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


"You are my night and stars, the fate I would fix myself to in any life.”

— The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


“I am the weed growing through the sidewalk's cracks, resilient, but knowing I'll someday be ripped out by the root.”

— Sekret by Lindsay Smith


“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”

When We Collided by Emery Lord


"For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you."

— The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh


“I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of living.”

— It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


“We're friends because when girls - women - are alone in this world, they're easier to pick off”

— Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon


"You could rattle the stars."

— Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


“Then that's what the Northern Lights are. All the lives that we're not living.”

— Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


“The ocean talks to you. Especially at night. Whispering voices that never let up, not even when you sleep.”

— The Living by Matt de la Peña


“Every universe I’ve created lately, your face keeps popping up in it.”

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


“When they both realized they were heartbroken enough to want the love torn from their rib cages, they touched each other with their hands and their mouths, and they forgot they wanted to be cured.”

— When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


"Lonely is the same everywhere.”

— Fake ID by Lamar Giles


“They had both been beaten by men who decided that the only things worth less than their souls were their bodies.”

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore


“You judge the gods by who bows down at their altars?"

— Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon


“I am a girl ready to explode into nothing.”

Hold Still by Nina LaCour


“Growing up is like walking through glass doors that only open one way — you can see where you came from but can't go back.”


“Even if I did climb to the top of that mountain one day, people will never stop seeing my color first, before me.”

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee