Our Favourite Quotes From My Dark Vanessa

One of this year’s buzziest books, Kate Elizabeth Russell‘s debut novel My Dark Vanessa is an international sensation! Exploring the dynamics of the relationship between fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye, and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, My Dark Vanessa is a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer and delivers some absolutely stunning literary lines in the process!

From chilling and ominous to reflective and beautiful, quotes from this novel have haunted us long after we stopped reading. Kate Elizabeth Russell‘s talent is unmistakable, and we’ve rounded up some of the most thought-provoking, attention-grabbing quotes just to prove it!


“I think we’re very similar, Nessa,” he whispers. “From the way you write, I can tell you’re a dark romantic like me. You like dark things.”


“Because even if I sometimes use the word abuse to describe certain things that were done to me, in someone else’s mouth the word turns ugly and absolute.”


“I’m going to ruin you.”


“All he did was fall in love with me and the world turned him into a monster.”


“Break his heart? I try to imagine myself having that power, holding his heart, mine to abuse, but even when I picture it pulsing and pumping in my hands, it’s still the boss of me, leading me around, jerking this way and that with me clinging and unable to let go.”


“I don’t say it, but sometimes I feel like that’s what he’s doing to me—breaking me apart, putting me back together as someone new.”


“Was it really that bad, what he did to you? Was it worth all this?”

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