Study Guide

Beautiful Creatures Love

By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I was in love with her, even though I didn't know her. Kind of like love before first sight. (9.02[1].16)

Ethan has been dreaming of a girl, and these sure aren't typical teenage boy dreams. This is some pretty powerful stuff.

I watched Boo Radley lope slowly after [Lena's car]. At the rate he was going, it would be sunset before that dog got home. Sometimes I wonder why he bothered. Stupid dog. (9.15.104-05)

Where is the love here? Ethan is criticizing poor Boo for following Lena when—wait a second—that is exactly what Ethan is doing. Ethan would follow Lena anywhere—he just hasn't realized it yet.

You know that expression, "It hit me like a ton of bricks"? It's true. The minute she turned the car around and ended up on my doorstep in her purple pajamas, that's how I felt about Lena. (9.24.1)

Ethan pretty much says it all here. His feelings for Lena are sudden, heavy, and just a wee bit suffocating.

I felt like I had sucked the air out of a giant balloon, like my brain wasn't getting enough oxygen. (9.24.55)

Ethan's feeling of lightheadedness many esteemed doctors would diagnose as a symptom of lovesickness.

A random crack in the old plaster in the corner behind her seemed to grow, until it curled its way across the ceiling, circled the frosted chandelier, and swirled its way back down. It looked like a heart. A giant, looping, girly heart had just appeared in the cracking plaster of her bedroom ceiling. (10.09[2].13)

Some girls give watches. Some girls give chocolate. Lena gives cracked plaster. What will Ethan get on their anniversary (if they make it that far)? Drywall? In all seriousness, though, this is very sweet. Lena didn't intend to let her love for Ethan be shown, but her powers are causing it to leak out in unusual ways. All Ethan has to do is read the writing on the wall. Or the ceiling, in this case.

"I know you write poetry and I know about the raven on your necklace and I know you love orange soda and your grandma and Milk Duds mixed into your popcorn." For a second, I thought she might smile. "That's hardly anything," [she said]. "It's a start." (10.09[2].65)

This is an adorable conversation, isn't it? Ethan is showing Lena that he's not only paying attention to her and her interests, but that he wants to know more about her. Totally swoon-worthy.

I looked into her eyes, and I knew I was going to kiss her, and I knew there was nothing to worry about, as long as we stayed together. And I believed, for that one second, we always would. (10.09[2].140)

Ah, the anticipation of a first kiss. Do you think he captures that memorable first kiss feeling, or are first kisses really not all they're cracked up to be?

"We're not [supposed to be together]. You're a Mortal. You can't understand. I don't want to see you get hurt, and that's what will happen if you get too close to me." (10.09[2].157)

Here we have the age-old star-crossed lovers theme surfacing. Because of powers beyond their control (although they're probably Powers with a capital P here), Lena and Ethan are just not meant to be.

[Lena] scanned the letter. "'A Species Apart' he calls them. Her family is trying to keep them apart..." (10.13.134)

Lena isn't talking about herself and Ethan here, but she might as well be. Genevieve and Ethan Carter's relationship has some uncanny similarities to Lena and Ethan's.

She looked up at me, and the whole world disappeared. Like there was just us, like there would always be just us, and we didn't need magic for that. (11.01.27)

No magic here—this is just straight up love.

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