A Familiar Sentence?

I am in the middle of John Green’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. And perhaps it is because I am unable to sleep anymore, exahusted all day, wide awake as soon as my head hits the pillow, then ready for a deep sleep as soon as the day begins…but I was struck by this  line:

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

Personally, I think that is a beautiful line, perfect for its simplicity.

But when I told Tyler, he thought it sounded cliche, a line he’s heard a million times before.

Perhaps the simplicity of the sentence makes it feel familiar?

But I really don’t believe I’ve ever heard love described that way. 

What do you think?

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11 thoughts on “A Familiar Sentence?

  1. I'm with Jennifer Pickrell: “Quiet, Tyler!” 😉

    That line is perfectly stated: simple, elegant, quiet. And yes, I think the simplicity makes it seem familiar, but it resonates more as a universal truth rather than a well worn cliche.

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