Okay, I'm just going to put it out there. I don't really like Shakespeare. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I don't like his writing a single
Okay, I'm just going to put it out there. I don't really like Shakespeare. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I don't like his writing a single bit. His language was, you know...pretty and most people look at Shakespeare's work and go "Oh my gosh! Look at all these complex words and language from a different time! I'm going to pretend I like it so people think I'm deep and smart!" That's not me.
This was a horrible story. It was boring, for one. The plot absolutely infuriates me (to the point where it was laughable). And come on. Romeo? He was in the closet. Anyways, this story was stupid. Romeo is this whiny little 16 year old kid slobbering over Rosaline and convinced that his life sucks(so he's basically like any other melodramatic teenager today). And Juliet is this 14 year old that is just way too anxious to take her panties off, you know? So yeah. They see each other and suddenly they're in love (mind that Romeo was in love with her cousin about five seconds before that.) And they end up getting married and freaking killing themselves. Okay. Two teenagers. Know each other for like three days. Then die because of their "love". I just don't even know! There wasn't a single romantic thing about it! I'm done.
It is hard for me to fathom a "review" of any book, especially one such as this. What is a review? A judgement of another's art? How pretentious is itIt is hard for me to fathom a "review" of any book, especially one such as this. What is a review? A judgement of another's art? How pretentious is it for any one person to assert their interpretation of another's art to others as valid? Nevertheless, here I am. Reviewing a John Green book which I have come to dote upon for a certain profound zeal that characterizes them. It is past this point that I have a hard time.
While reading this book, I was warmed by a lovely recurring witty humor, the chemistry between two, multi-faceted, lovable characters (who granted, were a bit too similar), themes of suffering, life, and, death, and the poignant quotes that leave everybody agape. This said, I was impressed very much by the commentary on suffering, the strive both towards and away from nihilism, and the development of characters. On the other hand, I was not able to be particularly "aroused" by any of the events in the story as the oh-so-lovely people of the world were unable to contain spoilers. Despite this, I was still didn't enjoy the way the events progressed at times; always very blunt, never flourished. Yet despite this, still pretentious at times. I do believe that this is one of those works of literature that was meant to be focused on for it's meaning rather than it's content.
That said, this book definitely left a strong impression on me but I wouldn't really consider it to be one of my favorites. I love John Green's writing style and even though it wasn't my favorite of his, there is no mistaking that he did a remarkable job. Furthermore, I would promote this book to anybody unsure of themselves or their place in this world. Truthfully, I would promote it to anybody, but I feel it's more important for the aforementioned group. So, perhaps my "review" did not do this lovely work of art justice and perhaps it did. Whether or not, I am not to judge, but only to say, in conclusion, that I liked this book and I'm sure that you will too. I must say though, not to get your hopes too high up, because in all truthfulness this book is overrated. Good, but overrated. ...more
Looking For Alaska was one of those Young Adult Novels that actually give you faith that teenagers aren't reading garbage. So basically, this book fol
Looking For Alaska was one of those Young Adult Novels that actually give you faith that teenagers aren't reading garbage. So basically, this book follows a group of kids at a lackluster boarding school in Alabama. They do what kids do, you know? They prank, they fool around, they break rules, they drink, they smoke, they do all the things that kids certainly should not be doing. And it's great, because that's not it. They are insightful. Miles (Pudge), the main character is admittedly not the most interesting character (in fact, I might say that he was the least interesting of the main characters. Save for Lara. That girl was blatantly boring)but he is in love, you know. He struggles to bring this shocking character that is Alaska down to earth with him. Meanwhile Alaska is simply trying to get as far away from everything as she can. But on her visits by, she leaves us with these sentiments of self-loathing and she shows us just how out of control she is: how everything is.
Alright, I guess I'm not the best at describing. Anyways, here's what I though of it: it was realistic, engaging, multi-faceted and at times profound. One of the things I loved most about this book is that (if you're like me, and like to put your two cents into each book you read) you never wanted to put your highlighter down. You'd turn the page and there would be another quote that stung you directly in the heart and made you stop and think. Let me go grab my copy and snatch a couple tidbits out, yeah?
"She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, "Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die."
"...if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
""Let's look at one sentence on page ninety-four of this very entertaining introduction to Zen that I had you read this week. 'Everything that comes together falls apart,'" the Old Man said. "Everything.The chair I'm sitting on. It was built, and so it will fall apart. I'm gonna fall apart, probably before this chair. And you're gonna fall apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you you—they came together, grew together, and so must fall apart. The Buddha knew one thing science didn't prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases. Things fall apart.""
See what I mean? I may not be the best at writing a review but I really wanted to let anyone who has reservations about reading this book know that I really loved it. I suspect that most people who have read it really loved it. It was a brilliant story. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
This book sure was a page turner. Between the humor, unanticipated revelations, and suspense (and wonderful writing that is of course customary of KooThis book sure was a page turner. Between the humor, unanticipated revelations, and suspense (and wonderful writing that is of course customary of Koontz) it was a great story. Not to mention that all of the characters were so lovable (especially Jimmy, Lorrie and Weena.) Save for the insane clowns and aerialists-God forbid you get them confused! But despising them was just as fun. Twas a pretty fantastic novel....more
A book poignant in many ways; telling about the anxieties of childhood, about the nature of art, about aging, about the haunting nature of one's past.A book poignant in many ways; telling about the anxieties of childhood, about the nature of art, about aging, about the haunting nature of one's past. Though Atwood does, at times, belabor issues in particularly enigmatic ways, the themes and insights of her story outweigh this by far. ...more
An unspectacular book; the addition of author collaboration was fun but despite a few poignant points from John Green's characters, there was little lAn unspectacular book; the addition of author collaboration was fun but despite a few poignant points from John Green's characters, there was little lasting intellectual merit....more