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    I'm a big 'Star Trek' fan.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: star 
     
    This is my one beef with Hollywood: It's great for movie sales, but they've created this fiction for us that, when you have a hard thing in your life, it's going to get fixed, and then your life will be awesome! Forever!
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: movie  fiction 
     
    I think maybe I might have to do what some other authors do, which is do a variation on my name, just to send readers the message that, 'Yep, this is me, but this is a different part of me. So brace yourself.'
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: author 
     
    Sometimes things just fall out of your head on the paper, and if you're smart, you learn not to touch them.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: smart  learn 
     
    I don't reread my books after they're published, because it's agony.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: book 
     
    You know how sometimes you hear a chord played on an organ and you can feel it vibrating in your bones? Sometimes when I'm writing, I can feel my bones vibrating because I'll have a thought or I'll have a character's voice in my head, and that's when I know I'm on the right track.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    I've dealt with depression my entire life, on and off, which makes me the perfect author for teenage readers.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: depression  author 
     
    I'm finally watching 'Mad Men.' As a child of the '60s, I can't believe how old everything looks! I am the age of baby Eugene.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: children  men  believe  age  child 
     
    That can be the most painstaking aspect of being a teen, figuring out what the world really looks like. If you find someone in a book, you know you're not alone and that's what's so comforting about books.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: world  alone  teen  book 
     
    I think how veterans are treated in our country is an abomination. We don't have the draft any more, which is why so many soldiers come from working-class - rather than middle- or high-income families. Those wealthier families aren't affected, so they're not agitating for change.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    Sometimes when I find myself very irritated about a topic, I know it's my next book.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: book 
     
    It's bad timing, but a lot of kids become teenagers just as their parents are hitting their mid-life crisis. So everybody's miserable and confused and seeking that new sense of identity.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    The feedback I get is that my books are honest. I don't sugar-coat anything. Life is really hard.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: book 
     
    We're good at taking care of little kids, and spend a lot of energy teaching them things like how to read. But when kids get as tall as their parents and can look them in the eyes, we tend to drop the ball - at a time they most need a loving consistent community of adults, be it parents, aunts, uncles, or others.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    When life sucks, read. They can't yell at you for that. And if they do, then you can ignore them.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: read 
     
    I wanted to pull down a book, open it proper, and gobble up page after page
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: book 
     
    This is not our fight', the old man said. 'British or American, that is not the choice. You must choose your own side, find your road through the valley of darkness that will lead you to the river Jordan. . . Look hard for your river Jordan, my child. You'll find it.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: emotion 
     
    I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy...
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: night  brain  boys  reading  poetry  kissing 
     
    There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: magic  forever 
     
    I failed eating, failed drinking, failed not cutting myself into shreds. Failed friendship. Failed sisterhood and daughterhood. Failed mirrors and scales and phone calls. Good thing I'm stable.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    The bathroom door swings open. Emma sees the blood painting my skin and the red rivers carved on my body. Emma sees the wet knife, silver and bone. The screams of my little sister shatter mirrors.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: body  blood  painting 
     
    If I run or breathe too deep, the cheap stitches holding me together will snap, and all the stickiness inside will pour out and burn through the concrete.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    He says a million things without saying a word. I have never heard a more eloquent silence.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: silence  saying 
     
    I cry to let everything out
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    I don't just use yarn from a store. I buy old sweaters from consignment shops. The older the better, and unravel them. There are countries of women in this scarf/shawl/blanket. Soon it will be big enough to keep me warm.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: women 
     
    Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    Write about the emotions you fear the most.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: fear  emotion  write 
     
    I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: smile  strength  pounds 
     
    I like cheeseburgers too much to be a model.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    I've written in every imaginable location; a repurposed closet, the kitchen table, the bleachers while my kids had basketball practice, the front seat of the car when they were at soccer. In airports. On trains. In the break room when I was supposed to be wolfing down dinner. In the back of classrooms when I was supposed to be paying attention.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: attention  kids 
     
    You can tell a book is real when your heart beats faster. Real books make you sweat. Cry, if no one is looking. Real books help you make sense of your crazy life. Real books tell it true, don't hold back and make you stronger. But most of all, real books give you hope. Because it's not always going to be like this and books-the good ones, the ones-show you how to make it better. Now.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: heart  true  help  crazy  real  book  hope 
     
    If I can write a book that will help the world make a little more sense to a teen, then that's why I was put on the planet.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: world  help  teen  book  write 
     
    Kids are mostly very resilient.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: kids 
     
    Each reader has to find her or his own message within a book.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: book 
     
    We've fallen down on our responsibility to our children by somehow creating this world where they're surrounded by images of sexuality; and yet, we as adults struggle to talk to kids honestly about sex, the rules of dignity and consent.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    Gossip is the foul smell from the Devil's backside.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: devil 
     
    And then a new screen, one I had never seen before, never even heard of popped up. It gave me a choice. I could become the new Lord of Darkness myself, or I could take a gamble and be reincarnated. I chose wisely.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: darkness  choice 
     
    A scar is a sign of strength. . .the sign of a survivor.
    — Laurie Halse Anderson
    tags: strength 
     
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