Here’s the thing about teenagers- they can be dark, troubled, misunderstood and every occurance in their lives can be momentous. That’s why Young-Adult romances can be stirring and powerful even for non-young adults! We’ve compiled some beautiful words from this genre that will touch you for sure:

1. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

― Stephen Chbosky,The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2. Love is mysterious and beyond definition.

                     —David Levithan,The Lover’s Dictionary

3. “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

4. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

5. “Some walks you have to take alone.”

—Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

6. “It’s not what you take, it’s what you leave”

All The Bright Places

7. “Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

– Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

8.“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted – mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

– Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer

9. “But that’s what love does to you. Gut-wrenching, overpowering, crushing, fulfilling, complex, bring-you-to-your-knees love.”

-Jessica Park, FLAT-OUT-LOVE

10. “Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & the Dawn

11. “Some things aren’t meant to be known. Only believed.” 

– Mary E. Pearson, The Adoration of Jenna Fox

12. “I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”

—Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby 

13. “Meeting your soulmate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before.”

—Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

14. “I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”

—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

15. “They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.”

― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

16. “I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

— Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

17. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

18. “Love isn’t something you have to deserve.”

― Jennifer Echols, Such a Rush

19. “A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

― Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer

20. “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”

If I Stay

21.  “Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

― Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You The Sun

22. “It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.”

― Kiera Cass, The Selection

23. “Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”

― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

24. “I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

25. “Why do we even bother? Why do we make ourselves so open to such easy damage? Is it all loneliness? Is it all fear? Or is it just to experience those narcotic moments of belonging with someone else?”

― David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist