What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

via OverDrive

Originally Published: April 1, 2017

“If he’s tense or angry or distant–it’s like the molecular makeup of my skin shifts along with it, growing tight and prickly and uncomfortable.”

“You can say whatever you want in an essay, as long as you defend it. There’s no right or wrong–there’s just why.”

“Except that while we’re being tough and independent, we really should be beautiful, too; we’re just not supposed to notice, or to care. It’s more attractive not to care if you’re attractive.

“There is no such thing as unconditional love, as my mother taught me. Or, at least, there is no such thing as a love that lasts forever. Every relationship inevitably ends in one of two ways: a breakup or a death.

“You want to consume the person you love. You want to eat him so he’s inside you, so he becomes part of you, so he can’t leave you.”

“That’s when I learned that beauty can make people love you, but it can make them hate you just as surely.”

“People will create an explanation for a phenomenon they don’t understand.”

Sex and death. That’s what everything reduces to, in the end.”

“I pretended I didn’t notice the way she’d disappear behind her eyes, and I fought to keep my tone bright and energetic, as if I could snap her back into the present moment if I managed to be perky enough.”


“When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.”

(via OverDrive)


YA-Fiction, YA-Literature

My Rating:

★★☆☆☆ 1.5/5

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