Study Guide

Fuse Love

By Julianna Baggott

Love

Chapter 4

If he were in love, wouldn't his vision erase her flaws? Wouldn't he see only the best version of her? (4.84)

Loving someone doesn't always mean that you put them on a pedestal. It just means that you see someone's flaws as beautiful.

Chapter 5

"Don't talk about dying? You want me to talk about love. They're one and the same, child. One and the same." (5.48)

Uh, that's pretty depressing. Is love really the same thing as dying? They're both scary, sure… but this seems like an incredibly jaded comment.

Chapter 29

Pressia can't imagine how someone could give and take love so easily. (29.12)

Pressia's mother supposedly loved many people, and that's not always a bad thing, but it got her into some major trouble. Because of her tendency to let love have authority, Pressia's mother sets herself up to be heartbroken.

Love is a luxury. It's something that people are allowed to indulge in when they're not simply trying to survive and keep other people alive. (29.12)

Well, that's not always the case. Love can actually be a driving force when it comes to survival. Pressia puts survival in one corner and love in the other corner here. But what she should actually do is put them both together.

Chapter 41

Her mother didn't always do what was rational and logical. She was driven to make choices because she listened to her heart, not her head. Eventually, those choices killed her. (41.18)

The problem with listening to your heart can be that your heart tricks you. But so does your head, so really, Pressia's statement traps us in between a rock and a hard place.

Chapter 52

She also doesn't want Partridge to know she's pregnant because she wants him to come back for her out of love, not obligation. (52.8)

Obligation is the word that can sometimes spoil love—luckily, we know that Partridge thinks about Lyda constantly… and not because he has to.

Chapter 54

It's hard to imagine El Capitan in love, but of course he's capable of love. He's human, no matter how tough he pretends to be. (54.123)

Everyone can love, even the least sentimental people out there. In fact, without love, the world would be a pretty dreary place. So next time you see someone who seems incapable of love, think again. It's in there somewhere.

Chapter 62

"We fell in love this way. I can't sacrifice all our past. It would break my heart if we couldn't remake the memories." (62.94)

Yeah this is a boldfaced lie that Iralene tells Partridge. But in this case, lying about falling in love is what Iralene has to do. After all, she loves Partridge with all of her heart, and she thinks she needs to lie to save him.

Chapter 70

Partridge's father doesn't love him. That's the honest truth. He's known it all along. (70.1)

What a downer.

Your father can be the person you most hate and most fear, yes, but deep down you expect that he'll be the one to save you. (48.86)

So his father is a murderer, and he wants to kill his own son. Yet, Partridge still desperately expects Ellery to love him. Oh, dear. Sometimes, it's just not meant to be.