Libraries are actually an invaluable public and social resource that provide so much more than simple shelves of books (or, for those in rural areas, a Bookmobile like the one this author grew up with). A world without public libraries is a grim one indeed, and the assault on public libraries should be viewed as alarming.
Between two evils, I like to pick the one I haven’t tried before.
— Mae West
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YA wasn’t quite as established as a genre when I was a teenager. I feel like I went from kids’ books to Judy Blume and The Outsiders, then straight to John Irving. I think young adult books are wonderful for teenagers because they make you feel less alone. When you’re a teenager, you worry that maybe you’re the only person feeling this weird or scary or perverted thing. And YA books tell you, ‘Nope. Your weird stuff is pretty normal, and you’re not the only one who’s scared.’
Well, I think that love is the closest thing we have to magic in real life. It’s such a powerful force. I’m fascinated by it, and I do feel like it’s an endless source of material. I fell in love with my husband as a teenager, and I still remember the overwhelming intensity of those emotions. How thoughts of him consumed every single moment of my day. Those feelings were as strong and real and valid as any adult’s feelings. Of course they were. I try to honor this.
— Stephanie Perkins,  on Isla and the Happily Ever After via @flavorwire
But even if a few protective parents get their way in some districts, and the book is removed from a handful of libraries, it’s unlikely to stop the vast majority of young readers from finding it. The Giver has seen a surge in book sales ahead of the movie’s release, and on Amazon’s list of best-selling Teen & Young Adult Books, it currently ranks No. 2.
Remember the past, but don’t get lost back there. Celebrate the blessings of the past in the present, but remember to live today. Today is built on the past and tomorrow is evolving from both the past and the present. The future? Quien sabe? Hopefully, there will always be tacos
— Denise Chávez
A Map to an Introvert’s Heart by artist Gemma Correll.

A Map to an Introvert’s Heart by artist Gemma Correll.

Life, a good life, a great life, is about ‘Why not?’ May we never forget it.
— Danielle Steel
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
— Alfred Hitchcock