Quotes by Jean Ferris

"And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after."

"Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there's a secret."

"I'm starting to believe that happily ever after includes people doing things that upset each other. We all get cranky, or impatient, or worried, or careless enough to do or say things that hurt someone else. Like it or not, that's normal. We can't blame it all on Olympia's bad energy. The important part is that we feel sorry about what we've done and make up for it. That's something Olympia never did."

"I know it's important to do more than just complain when there's something you don't like. You need to try to do something about it, or you're nothing but a whiner."

"That cup of tea is definately not down your alley"


Books by Jean Ferris

  • Love Among the Walnuts
  • 1,491 ratings
  • September 15th 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers

    (first published 1998)

  • Of Sound Mind
  • 778 ratings
  • April 2nd 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (first published September 24th 2001)

  • Bad
  • 349 ratings
  • September 12th 2001 by Square Fish

    (first published August 5th 1999)

  • Eight Seconds
  • 242 ratings
  • October 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Jean Ferris
  • Jean Ferris

  • Date of birth: January 24, 1939
  • Died: October 30, 2015
  • Description: This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy, historical fiction, and romance. What's most interesting is that she didn't publish her first novel until she was in her mid-40s. Yet she's never forgotten the intense feelings and changes of her own teenage years. Critics as well as teen readers have seen the evidence of that in her writing and have honored her novels with a number of awards, from Best Books for Young Adults to various state and National Book Award nominations.