Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me

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    Maja Nysumhas quotedlast year
    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
    And I’ve fallen.
    So hard.
    I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it.
    neil josten lovebothas quoted18 days ago
    A girl who has spent the last year in an insane asylum. A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her. A girl who ran off with another man just to get away from me.

    Of course this is the girl I would fall for.

    I close a hand over my mouth.

    I am losing my mind.
    mikikikwazowskihas quotedlast month
    Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a while. I want to leave this worn body behind, but my chains are too many, my weights too heavy. This life is all that’s left of me. And I know I won’t be able to meet myself in the mirror for the rest of the day.
    mikikikwazowskihas quotedlast month
    I focus only on what needs to be done: the basic components of survival and the myriad things I must manage throughout the day.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    Love is a heartless bastard.

    I’m driving myself insane.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.

    And I’ve fallen.

    So hard.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time. Put a man in a room with something he’s hidden and then ask him where he’s hidden it; he’ll tell you he doesn’t know; he’ll tell you you’ve got the wrong man; but he’ll almost always glance at its exact location.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us weak, not our actions.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    On the battlefield, I’m able to disconnect myself from the motions I’ve been taught to memorize. I’ve developed a reputation as a cold, unfeeling monster who fears nothing and cares for less.

    But this is all very deceiving.

    Because the truth is, I am nothing but a coward.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    I wish all the time for a friend.
    I dream about it. I imagine what it would be like. To smile and be smiled upon. To have a person to confide in; someone who wouldn’t throw things at me or stick my hands in the fire or beat me for being born. Someone who would hear that I’d been thrown away and would try to find me, who would never be afraid of me.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    It’s strange, wielding this kind of power. I wonder if my father is proud of what he’s created. That I’m able to bring thousands of grown men to their knees with only a few words; with only the sound of his title. It’s a horrifying, addicting kind of thing.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    Their traitorous thoughts are so obvious.

    They think of me as little more than a deranged child. They do not respect me; they are not loyal to me. They are disappointed that I stand before them; angry; disgusted, even, that I am not dead of this wound.

    But they do fear me.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    . I wanted to meet the real girl trapped behind the fear. I wanted her to finally break free of her own carefully constructed restraints.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    “This is my boy!” he says, waving a hand in my direction. “A meek, pathetic fool. Some days I’m so disgusted by you I don’t know whether to shoot you myself. And then I realize you’d probably like that, wouldn’t you? To be able to blame me for your downfall? And I think no, best to let him die of his own stupidity.”
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    Torture is not torture when there’s any hope of relief.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    White walls, I think.

    Blocks of concrete.

    Empty rooms. Open space.

    Nothing exists inside of me. Nothing stays.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    She searches me with those odd, blue-green eyes and I feel guilty so suddenly, without understanding why. But there’s something about the way she looks at me that always makes me feel insignificant, as if she’s the only one who’s realized I’m entirely hollow inside.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    I’m enchanted by her pretend-innocence; jealous, even, of the power she wields so unwittingly. I want so much to be a part of her world. I want to know what it’s like to be in her mind, to feel what she feels. It seems a tremendous weight to carry.

    And now she’s out there, somewhere, unleashed on society.

    What a beautiful disaster.
    Val Garayhas quoted6 months ago
    “My opinions,” I say to him, quietly this time, “should not so easily break your own. Stand by your convictions. Form clear and logical arguments. Even if I disagree.”
    Jose Alfredo Corona Ruizhas quoted7 months ago
    I need nothing but letters to live. Without them I would not exist
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