Quotes Galore + Mini Review : Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Quotes Galore + Mini Review : Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5) by Tahereh Mafi


So, I just finished reading Shadow Me. Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed it. 



Mini Review :


I was thinking of writing review on said book, but then came to realize that I don’t have enough opinions for it to deserve a lengthy ass blogpost. Therefore, your girl is going to spew out her thoughts here.

To be honest, if I were to describe the book with one word, it would be : good.

Some insight were given to the readers on the character that is Kenji Kishimoto. He is not the happy go lucky goofball that everyone –– including me –– thinks he is. Kenji has depth to him that wasn’t shown in the previous books in the series before, and I like that the readers were given the chance to see that part of Kenji.

As for the story progression, since it is a novella, plot progression doesn’t really happen here. Shadow Me is more about Kenji’s internal monologue and getting to know him better –– with little snippets of Warnette every now and then (which I live for).

With that said though, as much as I love, adore and am happy that Kenji Kishimoto has his own novella, can we start a petition to Tahereh Mafi to write more books in Warner’s POV? Because I miss being in his head despite all his craziness and intensity.


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“I have a roof over my head and clothes on my back and food waiting for me every morning. I have friends. A makeshift family. I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago. I’m grateful.”




It’s nice to have space at the end of the night to be alone with my thoughts.
Somewhere to hang the happy face I force myself to wear even when I’m having a shitty day.




“Adam hasn’t changed a bit. Still moody. No sense of humor. Generally irritated. Sometimes I can’t remember why we’re friends.”


“More kids of the supreme commanders?”


Warner nods.


“Are they dangerous?” I ask.


Warner almost smiles, but he looks unhappy. “Would they be here if they weren’t?”


“He looks exactly like he always does. Shiny. Polished. Eerily calm and pulled together for someone whose girlfriend dumped him the day before. You’d never know he was the same dude who, in the aftermath, I found lying on the floor having a panic attack.”




Kishimoto, if I considered other people’s mediocre standards a sufficient metric by which to measure my own accomplishments, I’d never have amounted to anything.




“You should demand more of yourself. You’re entirely capable.”




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“Three in the morning?” I gape at him. “Are you out of your mind?”


And he says, without a hint of irony— “No more than usual.”




Somehow, I’ve become a magnet for pain.
Other people’s pain. My own pain.
The thing is, I have no one to blame but myself.




“I hated that I cried. Hated that I couldn’t help it. Everyone thinks I’m not supposed to give a shit—that I shouldn’t—but I do. I always do.”


“I’ve got my own problems, my own burdens, my own pain and frustration, and besides, no one ever asks me about my day. No one ever follows up with me, no one ever bothers to peer beneath the surface of my smile.”



“I’m sorry,” I say. “I get it.”
He looks up. Meets my eyes. “Do you?”


“Yeah. I do.”


“I don’t think you do, actually. In fact, I hope you don’t.
I wouldn’t want you to know how I feel right now. I wouldn’t wish that for you.”




“You monster.”


I take the cup. “I’m a goddamn joy.”


“I’m so happy for my friends. I love them, even when they piss me off. I care about them. I want their joy. But it still hurts a little when it feels like, everywhere I look, everyone seems to have someone. Everyone but me.”


“Somehow I can’t help but be reminded, all the time, of my own solitude.”



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“I’m a big, raw, bleeding heart, and I spend my days pretending not to notice that I want more. That I need more.”




She was so beautiful it was scaring me.




“I couldn’t help it. I was thinking about kissing her. I was thinking about a lot of things. Pinning her to the wall. Undressing her slowly. Running my hands down her naked body. And then, suddenly— Taking a cold shower.”



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And then she touched my arm. I forced myself to remain still, forced myself not to move a muscle as her fingertips grazed my skin and a wave of pleasure flooded my body so fast I felt suddenly drunk.


“Shit,” I said softly. “I think I might be in love with you.”




She’s staring at my mouth. Her eyes move up, meet mine, and then she’s staring at my mouth again.
I wonder if she knows she’s doing it.
I wonder if she has any idea what she’s doing to me.




“Warner always seems so pulled together. He’s always cold and cool. Always has a line, a comeback. A clear head. I bet he’s never struggled like I have with a girl.”


“She’s different. She gets me. I give her a lot of crap for being emotional all the time, but I love how empathetic she is. I love how she feels things so deeply that sometimes even joy manages to wound her. It’s who she is. She’s all heart.”



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“Their relationship never made a lot of sense to me—I couldn’t understand how someone like Warner could be an emotional partner to anyone, much less someone like Juliette: a girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes emotion. I rarely saw him emote anything. I worried that Juliette was giving him too much credit, that she put up with too much of his bullshit in exchange for—I don’t even know what. A sociopath with an extensive coat collection?”




I still don’t think I understand Warner,
but it’s obvious that something about her lights a fire in him.


He looks alive when she’s in his arms. Human like I’ve never seen him before.
Like he’s in love. And not only in love, but beyond salvation.




“Please go away. Or maybe you can all go to hell. I don’t actually care. ”


“Warner and Juliette are both so full of shit today. They’re pretending to be so hard, so cool and collected, and then—this. Juliette says one thing to him and Warner turns into an idiot. He’s staring at her, too dumb to speak, and she’s flushed, looking all hot and bothered just because he’s looking at her.”




“You’re going to be okay,” I whisper. “I promise.”




I smile. “Well, there’s a fifty percent chance I’m right.”




“Because it’s not the pain that’s unendurable. It’s the hopelessness. It’s the hopelessness that makes you reckless. I would know.”



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“I never would’ve believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, but once you see the things people are willing to do for an extra bowl of rice, you can’t unsee it.”


“I’d opt out, too, if I could. I just don’t feel like I can. There’s still too much I’m willing to die for.”



“My greatest wish for you,” he says, “is for you to see yourself the way that I do: as a brilliant, handsome, compassionate young man who would do anything for the people he loves.”




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