The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the third book that I have read this year.
As I read the initial pages of The Fault in Our Stars, I immediately...moreThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the third book that I have read this year.
As I read the initial pages of The Fault in Our Stars, I immediately fell in love with both Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The Fault in Our Stars is the best among John Green’s works, so far.
This post may contain spoilers. So, if you have not read the book yet, and would want to enjoy the reading experience, please stop reading this post. Now.
If my memory serves me right, I think that this is the first novel that John Green wrote in which the story is narrated in a girl’s point-of-view: in the eyes of Hazel.
The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at the age of 12. Her mother thought that it would help Hazel cope with her situation if she joins a Support Group. And that’s where she met Augustus Waters. At the Literal Heart of Jesus.
An interesting book was mentioned here, which is Hazel’s favorite: An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. The book does not exist in real life. (And it makes me sad.)
Seeing Hazel’s admiration with An Imperial Affliction, Augustus used his Wish to get him, Hazel, and Hazel’s mother to Amsterdam, where Peter Van Houten resides.
I loved Peter Van Houten! The way he writes his letters to both Hazel and Augustus, and how he described time as a slut and that she screws everybody.
The most heartbreaking parts for me was when: (1) Augustus told Hazel Grace how he lit up like a Christmas tree. That his whole body was affected. And (2) when Hazel Grace read Augustus’ letter to Peter Van Houten at the end of the book.
I really, really love John Green’s style in writing. He never fails to satisfy my expectations whenever a new book comes out. Sometimes, his works even exceed my expectations. This book made me feel a multitude of feelings at the same time.
The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully written. I had a hard time looking for a quote to place in this post, because there were literally a huge number of quotes to use. I wanted to quote the whole book!(less)
One Day centered on the story of Dex and Em, Em and Dex. Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley met on the night of their graduation. That’s where their story...moreOne Day centered on the story of Dex and Em, Em and Dex. Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley met on the night of their graduation. That’s where their story started, and I’m not going to spoil it, thank you very much.
I loved the book. It was well written, I loved how detailed it was, and the imagery is vivid. But having said this, I still think that it is one of those novels that I would not read again.
A couple of friends have seen the film and spoiled the ending when they saw me reading the book in class, but as I read the ending, it still struck me. The last chapters killed me. I did not want to stop reading when I got to Part Five.
Overall, I think it was an okay novel. I commend David Nicholls for coming up with such story.(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)
LOVE MEETS LOVE. CONFUSION MEETS CLARITY. BOY MEETS BOY.
David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. The book is defini...moreLOVE MEETS LOVE. CONFUSION MEETS CLARITY. BOY MEETS BOY.
David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. The book is definitely a page-turner; I finished it in one day.
It was about Paul, who falls in love with Noah. But it doesn’t end there. There were a lot of complications involved. Like Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle. And other characters like Tony, Joni, Infinite Darlene, Ted, and the others.
Of all the characters in the book, my favorite character would be Tony. He is Paul’s bestfriend, aside from Joni. Though almost every character showed signs of bravery, I personally think that Tony is the bravest. And I just love how his character always tries to neutralize things, he’s full of sense.
If I try to assess the book, I think each of us can relate to a character or two. It doesn’t make you gay if you read this, it makes you aware of all the things that these people are going through with their lives.
Aside from Tony, a character which I can relate to is Noah. He’s afraid to start a relationship again, to start opening up to someone because of what happened between him and Pitt—Pitt hurt Noah. You see, you don’t have to be gay to relate, you just have to be human.
Overall, I think this book is magnificent. It’s one of those books that would keep you reading even though your eyes are tired, it just makes you cling on to every word. I would totally recommend everyone to read this, whether you are gay or straight.(less)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson was written by John Green and David Levithan and is about two teenage boys whose name is Will Grayson. The two Will Grayson...moreWill Grayson, Will Grayson was written by John Green and David Levithan and is about two teenage boys whose name is Will Grayson. The two Will Graysons were presented in an alternating manner—the first chapter was about John Green’s Will Grayson and the next chapter was about David Levithan’s Will Grayson, and so on.
There was a clear distinction between the two Will Graysons, because: (a) David Levithan’s Will Grayson’s narration is in lowercase, and is presented like an IM chat, while John Green’s Will Grayson’s narration is written like how a typical novel would be—with all the capitalizations, and punctuation marks, and (b) John Green’s Will Grayson is straight and David Levithan’s is gay.
The book tackled on issues that most teenagers face: striving for identity, confusion, coming of age, homosexuality, going out of the closet, acceptance, sex, and love. The issues of both Will Graysons are very timely and relatable. A reader does not need to be gay in order to connect with David Levithan’s Will Grayson or the other characters like Tiny Cooper, and a reader does not need to have girl problems in order to relate with John Green’s Will Grayson.
I commend both John Green and David Levithan for coming up with such awesome characters. Also, I loved how David Levithan presented the difference of depression from sadness through his Will Grayson. Aside from the two Will Graysons, I also like Tiny Cooper. Everyone seriously needs a Tiny Cooper in their lives.
Among all the issues the authors dealt with, I admire how they presented how multifaceted love is, how it can take form in any relationship.
I’m in love with both John Green’s and David Levithan’s style of writing, and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.(less)
I totally loved the book. It’s been awhile since I read a book of this kind. What I’ve been reading for the past months were of the genre Young Adult...moreI totally loved the book. It’s been awhile since I read a book of this kind. What I’ve been reading for the past months were of the genre Young Adult (Fiction).
The Hunger Games was about the Hunger Games itself. The Hunger Games is pretty much like Survivor, but the thing is the players have to kill each other in order to win, and to survive.
There were 12 Districts, and a pair of Tributes were chosen from to represent their District in the Games. In the end, both the Tributes from District 12, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, won in the seventy-fourth Hunger Games.
Aside from the Katniss and Peeta, I also adored Rue. She’s such a sweet girl. Well, she died anyway. And I can’t believe what the Capitol did to the Tributes who died, it’s just so inhumane.
I commend Collins for making this book. I never had a hard time reading it. The story went smoothly.(less)
The Giver was first introduced to me by Geordane, and then I encountered it again after reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent.
I finished reading the book...moreThe Giver was first introduced to me by Geordane, and then I encountered it again after reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent.
I finished reading the book for less than a day because it was really gripping.
The Giver centered on Jonas and his community, and it started with Jonas’ apprehension about the Ceremony of Twelve, a ceremony where the twelve-year-olds of their community are given their Assignments. During the Ceremony, nineteen—Jonas’ number—was skipped by the Chief Elder. He thought that he was not qualified to any Assignment, but after the last one in his group was called, the Chief Elder explained why she skipped Jonas. Jonas was selected to be the new Receiver of Memory—the most honored position in the community.
At first, I thought that the community in which Jonas lived was perfect. It seemed nice to have everything planned for you, like the things you wear, food you eat, and whether you are eligible for a spouse or to have children. A community that encourages a time where members of a family unit share their feelings, worries, and dreams. It seemed ideal. I even pictured myself as a Nurturer or training in Law and Justice, not until I got to the latter part where the oh-so-perfect community showed its flaws. The process of releasing inadequate newchildren and the Old disturbed me.
By the end of the novel, Jonas and Gabriel climbed the top of a hill where it was snowing. There was a sled which Jonas, while carrying Gabriel, got on and rode it downhill. As they were going downhill, Jonas had a similar experience to the Christmas memory that the Giver gave him, and he heard something—music.
Lois Lowry wrote a rather puzzling ending to The Giver. It is the kind of ending that would haunt its readers long after they have read it. The Giver will leave you thinking about what happened to the characters. Did Jonas and Gabriel really get to Elsewhere safely? Did they end up somewhere else? Or did they die? Lowry left a lot of things for the readers to ponder on.
Generally, I think that The Giver was skillfully written and I commend Lois Lowry’s genius for coming up with such fascinating story. (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)
Paper Towns is the second John Green novel that I have read.
John Green never fails to catch my attention. He has a good writing style, and whenever I...morePaper Towns is the second John Green novel that I have read.
John Green never fails to catch my attention. He has a good writing style, and whenever I start reading his works, I just cannot seem to stop. He is really one of the best authors in the realm of Young Adult Fiction.
Just like Looking for Alaska, I loved every single character in Paper Towns. From Quentin, to Margo’s parents, and even Quentin’s best buddies — Ben and Radar. I enjoyed the parts where Quentin’s parents were trying to assess him. I can relate to whatever they are saying, being a psychology student.
Paper Towns is a well-written novel. Everything feels as if they are in their rightful places. That one character is carefully woven with another. It left me overwhelmed for days. I even postponed reviewing for my exams just to compose myself.
The book is full of beautiful lines, which proves that John Green is really a master of the English language.(less)
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)