It's true that we are more open than our parents but that just means we accept sex and talk about it. It doesn't mean we are all jumping in bed together.

Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.

When I heard that I got so mad I kicked a closet.

You've got to enjoy whatever you can and forget about the rest.

If those of us who care about making our own decisions about what to read and what to think don't take a stand, others will decide for us.

To Leah and Henry. Terrible things can happen in this life but being in love changes everything. It gives you something to hold on to. From.

As long as she loves me and I love her, what difference does religion make?

I used to think if you read enough books you'd automatically know how to do everything the right way. But reading and doing are not the same at all.

Suddenly question number four popped into my mind. Have you thought about how this relationship will end?

When I began to write and used a typewriter, I went through three drafts of a book before showing it to an editor.

This two-way hatred. I don't understand it. I wonder how much of it is caused by fear?

I dread first drafts! I worry each day that it won't come, that nothing will happen.

You're going to love it.

Victoria closes her eyes, breathing in the familiar scent, and for a moment it's as if they've never been apart. They're still Vixen and Cassandra, summer sisters forever. The rest is a mistake, a crazy joke.

I can't read fiction when I'm writing fiction, because I get intimidated if I read something really good.

I am a big defender of 'Harry Potter,' and I think any book that gets kids to read are books that we should cherish, we should be thankful for them.

Eleanor Gordon was the most sophisticated in their crowd. She read The New Yorker.

So many adults are exhausting themselves worrying about other people corrupting their children with books, they're turning kids off to reading instead of turning them on.

Caitlyn isn't someone to get over. She's someone to come to terms with, the way you have to come to terms with your parents, your siblings. You can't deny they ever happened. You can't deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain.

Anything could go wrong any day of the week. What's the point of worrying in advance?

It's all about your determination, I think, as much as anything. There are a lot of people with talent, but it's that determination.

I can't let safety and security become the focus of my life.

By the time I was 12, I was reading my parents' books because there weren't teenage books then.

I used to read about people who'd say, 'I dream my books, and then I write them down.' And I was like, 'Oh, please.'

Berman's foot measure. Then he turned it around and I put my right foot in. That's another reason why my mother thinks Mr. Berman is good at selling.

What’s next on your reading list? Discover.

Censors don't want children exposed to ideas different from their own. If every individual with an agenda had his/her way, the shelves in the school library would be close to empty.

Believe in yourself and you can achieve greatness in your life.

You should always go through the first draft of a book all at once, I think, to get the best results. You can take time off after the first draft and come back to it fresh.

I wanted to write what I remembered to be true.

Precious Child... nothing matters but the moment. There might be no tomorrow and even if there is, nobody gives a damn.

That's not a bad word...hate and war are bad words, but fuck isn't.

The truth will make you odd.

On the last day of school we had a class party, with cupcakes and Island Punch. I drank eight cups of it. Island Punch is my favorite drink.

How can I stop worrying when I don't know if I'm going to turn out normal? I promise, you'll turn out normal. Are.

Telling kids the truth isn't always entirely possible, but talking to them is.

I am such a rewriter; I have so many notebooks filled with drafts you wouldn't believe.

Everyone knew Eleanor was the smartest person in their class. So when she said sabotage the rest of them went scrambling for the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome.

Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them.

I don't deal with writer's block, I don't allow myself to believe that there is such a thing. I think that there are good days and a lot more less good days.

Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I don't even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that's wrong.

I'm thinking of sending out censorship packets: information to share with those who want to defend my books when they come under fire. I'll tell why I wrote them and include reviews and letters of support from children and their parents.

My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.

I'm an Obama chick.

You have to admit it's embarrassing that she's pregnant at thirty-three. And he's eleven years older. I feel sorry for their baby. Think of it—when the baby is our age your mother will be almost fifty and my father will be sixty. They'll be more like grandparents than parents.

The '50s were a secretive time.

We must, we must, we must increase our bust.

Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.