An Abundance of Katherines is the third John Green book that I’ve read, and this is the twentieth book that I’ve read this year.
The book revolves arou...moreAn Abundance of Katherines is the third John Green book that I’ve read, and this is the twentieth book that I’ve read this year.
The book revolves around Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who got dumped by 19 Katherines, or so he thought. It starts when Katherine XIX dumps Colin, one of the reasons why Colin agreed upon his best friend’s — Hassan — idea to go on a road trip.
An Abundance of Katherines is a light read, compared to Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I enjoyed reading the book, especially the footnotes, which added humor to John Green’s work.
I really adored Colin, because (1) he is good at anagramming words, (2) he knows a lot of languages, and (3) he made a formula that could explain his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. Yes, this book is full of graphs and equations. It has an Appendix, which took me some time to read — It was very technical, you see.(less)
Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called “It” is about one of the worst cases of child abuse in California’s history.
This book was very easy to read because it wa...moreDave Pelzer’s A Child Called “It” is about one of the worst cases of child abuse in California’s history.
This book was very easy to read because it was written in a child’s point of view. But I, personally, had a hard time comprehending the flow of the story, because I could not fathom how easy it is for a mother to treat her child in such a manner.
I’m aware that there is a great number of child abuse cases in the world, but I did not know that there are cases where a mother makes her child eat his own vomit, and et cetera.
I could have finished the book in one sitting, but there were times when I cannot bear what Dave’s mother is letting him do, so I would stop reading. One of which was when he was asking his father to help him, and his father could not do anything for him. It was heartbreaking. To see your supposed “role model” do nothing but watch you as your mother abuses you.
A Child Called “It” made me appreciate the things around me. To cherish all the little things that I’m enjoying now, and even during my childhood.(less)
The story took place during the Second World War and revolved around the life of a girl named Liesel Meminger.
The book is full of both misery and deli...moreThe story took place during the Second World War and revolved around the life of a girl named Liesel Meminger.
The book is full of both misery and delight, and thievery. Liesel and her brother being brought by their mother to a foster family in Munich, Liesel’s brother dying, everyone at Munich dying except for Liesel, and all the good things that happened in between. The first book that Liesel have stolen, up to the last one. And all the significant memories and events that she associated with each book. All of it.
Oh-kay, enough with the spoilers.
One thing that’s interesting (and which I actually liked) about The Book Thief is that it was narrated by Death. Zusak showed a different side of Death. Death that has a heart, and is haunted by humans.
Aside from Death, I loved every character in this book, and how their lives are intertwined with each other. Jesse Owens: Rudy Steiner. The Saukerl: Hans Hubermann. Mama Number Two: Rosa Hubermann. The Jew with a feather-like hair: Max Vaudenburg. The friend who always twitches: Tommy Müller. The mayor’s wife: Ilsa Hermann. And of course, the Saumensch: Liesel Meminger.
This book, it just keeps tugging on my heartstrings. Even after I have read it. The Book Thief is beautifully written.(less)
It took me more or less three days to finish this book. And I would like to thank Grace for buying me this book.
Well, I’ve heard read a lot of things...moreIt took me more or less three days to finish this book. And I would like to thank Grace for buying me this book.
Well, I’ve heard read a lot of things about Looking for Alaska and John Green ages before I actually started to read it. That’s why I wanted to read it in the first place.
The story was about a guy named Miles Halter, who became friends with the Colonel – who gave him the nickname “Pudge” — and Alaska Young, and Takumi Hikohito, and Lara Buterskaya. His parents enrolled him at Culver Creek Preparatory School. He was eager to leave his hometown because he was inspired by the last words of François Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”.
I love how John Green wrote this novel. His style made it easy for me to read and even enjoy the book. One thing that I admired is how the story started with one hundred thirty-six days before and ended with the same number—one hundred thirty-six days after.
I enjoyed the pranks, most especially their tribute to Alaska. It was hilarious. Oh, and Takumi made me laugh during one of their pranks. “I’m the motherfucking fox. No one can catch the fox.”
Dr. Hyde, one of the teachers at Culver Creek, is genius. I’d love to have a professor like him—full of sense, full of insights. I actually liked Pudge’s answer to his question—Pudge’s way out of the labyrinth
I promise to read more of John Green’s work in the future. Why didn’t I discover his books before? I can never express how I love his way of writing.(less)