Favorite Quotes from Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid

As my first Penny Reid book, Neanderthal Seeks Human will always have a special place in my heart.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes from the book. Enjoy!

I reflected that he was one of those people who were just decidedly too good looking; his perfection shouldn’t have been possible in nature.

I, on the other hand, always hovered in the space between self-consciousness and sterile detachment; my gracefulness was akin to that of an ostrich.


I’d never been comfortable with the truly gorgeous members of my species. Therefore, over the course of the last five weeks, I’d been incapable of meeting his gaze, always turning or lowering my head long before I was in any danger of doing so. The thought of it was like looking directly at something painfully bright.

I shook my head, feeling like a natural disaster on mute.


He had natural propensity to observe life rather than live it. He called it self-preservation.

Even a foolish man will produce some wisdom, given enough time to drone on and on in unchecked soliloquy. Since most of my time was spent in unchecked soliloquy, I held out hope for some wisdom.

I liked labels; I liked putting people and things into categories. It helped me calibrate my expectations of people and relationships. If I didn’t label my sisters as bad, I would be an enabler of their behavior, just like my father was. I didn’t plan on spending my life as a doormat, or living in the waiting room of perpetual disappointment, hoping they would change.

A champagne problem is when something good happens but it interferes with something else, usually planned, which is either very important or also good.

I stared at him for an indeterminable amount of time, waiting for him to take it back or clarify that he was referring to the dried and candied food date not the event date or for someone to wake me up from this bizarro perpendicular universe. Finally I said, about ten decibels too loudly, “YES!” In actuality, I yelled it. I yelled the word yes. Quinn let out a breath. “Good.” “YES, I’LL GO OUT ON A DATE WITH YOU, QUINN SULLIVAN, TO A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE DINNER.” I couldn’t stop the shouted words. I was having an out-of-body experience, which, for some reason, made me shout my sentence.


All I wanted to do was sit, stare into space, and obsess about everything that had occurred. I embraced this desire to obsess because I knew it was what normal people did.

I don’t think I’ll keep score with you.


He fought admirably against the smile pulling at his lips and didn’t meet my eyes. “You are so beautiful. I really want to kiss you right now.”

Quinn plus tequila equaled Quinquelia, and that sounded like something that happens in Mexican jails.

You make me want to be less of an asshole.


If we were in Victorian England I would have called him dashing;but, since we lived in the 21st century I would have to settle for the wordier GQ model hot.

I decided, as I succumbed to sleep, that men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.

I have no desire to cherish each person’s bullshit and call it a beautiful snowflake.


I felt a foreboding sense of vulnerability as he closed the distance between us, literally closed it, as in there was no space between our bodies, and I silently contemplated the way my own melted against his without my consent.

“But, how interested could he really be? By the mighty power of Thor—I threw myself at him!” Elizabeth frowned at me. “Did you really just say ‘by the mighty power of Thor’?” “I’m trying to cuss less.”

Without preamble he said, “I want to date you, be exclusive. I want us to spend time together like we did before I had to go to Boston last week. And, if I have to travel, I want you to answer the cell phone when I call, because I want to hear your voice.”

“But what if getting involved turns out to be a horrible mistake?” “What if it turns out to be the best decision we ever made?”


Everything about her was unexpected and unique. She was my bright light of eccentricity in a very predictable and ordinary world. She made everything new and interesting or funny.

Have you read this book? What are your favorite quotes?

14 thoughts on “Favorite Quotes from Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid

  1. This is my first Penny Reid book too, and then I read the two others in the series. But I couldn’t seem to get into the Author’s writing. So I had to give up the author BUT I will try reading them again because Reid’s writing is usually my kind of writing. I wasn’t just in the mood that time… And now that I saw these lovely quotes, I wanna read them soon. 🙂 Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. If this had been my first Penny Reid book, I might not have stuck with her either. She definitely gets better with each book she writes! My first book by her was Truth or Beard and it’s still one of my favorites by her. Maybe try that one first?

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    2. I totally hear you with this. For some reason, I need a lot of time between her books to take a break from the writing, which is unusual for me, because usually I become obsessive and read every book by an author I like.

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