HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. The writing style, the characters and their individual developments, the sheer reality of this book in general... NeeHOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. The writing style, the characters and their individual developments, the sheer reality of this book in general... Needless to say, I DO NOT regret reading this.
Hazel is a 16 year old cancer patient, diagnose with Stage 4 Thyroid when she was just 13. Her life has been built around testing, oxygen tanks, and a prototype drug responsible for extending her life by a dauntingly uncertain amount of time. Hazel possesses a fairly cynical outlook on life, and believes herself to be a "side-effect". Her parents force her to attend a support group at the local church, located in the basement, or "Literal Heart of Jesus", as she later describes it. While there one day, she meets a 17 year old cancer survivor and amputee, Augustus. He shares a similar, though much more complex outlook on life, and the two become fast friends. It's the beginning of this relationship that slowly changes Hazel's own life, as she finds her life story about to be rewritten.
Again, WOW OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS BOOK. I love John Green in general, and it seemed to me that parts of himself (and his brother, Hank) were present in both Hazel and Augustus. His writing style and narration through Hazel provides an insight on topics hardly anyone thinks would hold deeper value. Hazel's development as not just a cancer patient, but also as a human with thoughts and feelings and ideas was like a story in itself, and the plot was always interesting for me, though probably because books like these ( i. e. They delve deep into human emotions and describe walks of life much different from my own.) always keep me on my toes.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to read it. And if you haven't yet, but thought about it, READ IT. It's definitely worth it....more
I read this book a while ago, and I still love it to this day. Douglas Adams takes humankind and puts them on a much larger scale: The entire universeI read this book a while ago, and I still love it to this day. Douglas Adams takes humankind and puts them on a much larger scale: The entire universe. Unbeknownst to Arthur Dent, his house his scheduled for demolition to make way for a new bypass.Unbeknownst to us, Earth is scheduled for demolition to make way for a massive intergalactic bypass. So when Ford Prefect, Arthur's long time friend and secretly an alien from a small planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, realizes what's about to happen, he hitchhikes with Arthur onto a Vogon spaceship and across the galaxy, while meeting some pretty interesting people, like Tricia "Trillian" McMillan, Zaphod Beeblebrox, aka "President of the Galaxy", Marvin, an android suffering chronic depression, and Slartibartfast, the designer of Norway's fjords. Throughout their insane adventures, they encounter the horrors of Vogon poetry, evil mice bent on learning "The Ultimate Question", and Deep Thought, a supercomputer built to give the answer to the same question.
My dad was a big fan of Douglas Adams when he was young, so it was only a matter of time before he introduced me to the books and the original BBC TV series. I saw the 2005 film much more recently, with the talents of Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, and Warrick Davis, among many others. This book has wit, humor, and plays around with the idea that we're really not alone in the universe, in fact we never have been. Douglas Adam's crafty writing and satire is a blast to read, and I spent almost the whole time laughing out loud.
I would recommend this book to fans of Sc-Fi, especially those who like Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. Even if you're not a sci-fi fan, and you just want a witty and mind-blowing book to read, this is for you....more
A few of my classmates read this book in fifth grade for the pre-Humanities requirements. This was the only one I didn't read, but after my teacher asA few of my classmates read this book in fifth grade for the pre-Humanities requirements. This was the only one I didn't read, but after my teacher assigned us to read and review book about intolerance, I remembered this one and decided to finally read it.
Yuki lives a perfectly normal life, surrounded by friends and family. But after Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese in the midst of World War II, she starts to see her world fall apart. Soon after this, Yuki, her family, and thousands of other Japanese-Americans from the West-Coast are taken to internment camps far from their homes, and imprisoned for an undetermined amount of time.
I was... "eh" with this book. It was a good story, all in all, but I got bored of it in some parts and had to really try to get into it. The Japanese Internment itself is an interesting topic, and is largely overshadowed by other atrocities occurring at that time such as the Holocaust. "Journey to Topaz" just wasn't the best book to describe it. Yuki herself isn't a very deep character, although she displays real and relatable emotions to what's happening, it's hard to get into her mind. On the other hand, as I mentioned above, the story was an interesting one, I simply think I'd be able to get more into it if I had read it in fifth grade instead of now.
All in all, I'd recommend this book to students or kids being introduced to this topic, as it's fairly short and plenty informative....more
I picked up this book off the graphic novel shelf in my public library simply because I wanted to find more good graphic novels that I felt left a larI picked up this book off the graphic novel shelf in my public library simply because I wanted to find more good graphic novels that I felt left a large enough impact to help me show some of my friends that graphic novels ARE IN FACT REAL BOOKS. And this was probably one of the best graphic novels I could've found.
DEMO is made up of 12 short stories that in the end all follow the same pattern. Most of the stories are about interesting, unsuspecting, and slightly peculiar people who each have a struggle in life thrust upon them they attempt to overcome. The characters range immensely, bringing a different perspective to the stories and conflicts in every story.
Needless to say, this, aside from Scott Pilgrim, is my favorite graphic novel. I almost gave this book four stars instead of five, because I originally felt that some of the endings were too incomplete and confusing. But after the second time I read it, I realized that this was the author's intention. The stories are meant to leave off without "proper" endings to give the reader that same feeling of uncertainty the character has. It would've been a nice touch to add in a real ending or an epilogue, but the mystery of the original endings are still very clever. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book....more
So this is the second John Green book I've read (I hope to read "An Abundance of Katherines" next), and once again I was not disappointed.
Quentin JacSo this is the second John Green book I've read (I hope to read "An Abundance of Katherines" next), and once again I was not disappointed.
Quentin Jacobsen has been in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman, his next door neighbor, for almost his whole life. She's the kind of girl that keeps you on your toes; always performing some big unexpected stunt to amaze her fellow students. Quentin's only ever been able to see her through a window, never having direct involvement. Until she shows up on the windowsill at midnight telling him she needs him to help her go out with a bang. After a night of high-flying shenanigans and long-awaited revenge, Margo disappears. And in the search to find her, Quentin starts seeing the girl he fell in love with less and less, and more and more of someone he doesn't recognize.
I think it's almost safe to say that I will gush on and on about every John Green book I read just because I find him such an engaging author and an all around cool guy. (If you haven't seen his youtube videos, I highly suggest you do.) So for those of you who aren't interested in my geeking, all in all this book is pretty freaking awesome and you should probably read it.
Now, onto the real stuff. Paper Towns, like the last John Green book I read, gives a lot of metaphorical and philosophical insight on how humans behave the way they do and why they do what they do, and how to describe those things. Margo describes herself as being a "paper girl", someone who is flat and 2-D, only seen for what she is on the surface. Quentin talks about how everyone sees Margo in a different light, like looking at yourself in a funhouse mirror. You can't really know a person like Margo, or anyone really, because everyone sees everyone else the way they want to. Like a mirror. This is what I love about this book. The characters are interesting and engaging, the writing is STILL fantastic, and John Green still remains a great author in my mind....more
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is a book that many teenagers can relate to. Detailing the events of Craig's 5 days in an adult psychiatricIt's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is a book that many teenagers can relate to. Detailing the events of Craig's 5 days in an adult psychiatric facility in New York, I read this book with high expectations. And I was pleased to see how graciously it met those expectations.
Craig is 15 years old, and pretty bright for his age. His main goal in life is to go to a good college, have a good job, good family, and good home, so he lives a normal life. Because of this, he decides to apply for a prestigious high school in Manhattan, Executive Pre-professional. He aces the entrance exam, and thinks he's on his way to the life he's envisioned. But once the schoolwork and teachers start closing in on him to do better than he's capable of, Craig panics and falls into depression. Eventually, even after the psychiatrists and medication, he slips under the continued pressure, to the point where he decides to commit suicide. Craig backs out at the last second, calls the suicide hotline, and is sent to the hospital, where they admit him for a 5 day stay in their adult psychiatric facility. He meets new people with new problems and lives, unlike anyone he's ever known. There's Johnny, the professor, Humble, Solomon, Muqtada, and Noelle, a girl admitted for trying to mutilate her own face. Throughout his stay, Craig begins to realize how lucky he is, and how much he's been ignoring his own wants in life.
I REALLY enjoyed this book, in many aspects. I found the characters interesting, and I loved Craig's development after the many events on each day. ...more