Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Published: 2012
By: Dutton Books
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780525478812
- Goodreads

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I finally caved in and read the truly heartfelt book by John Green. I have now understood several things about myself and bookish vernacular I was never able to relate to or understand until now:

“Feels”: As I write this review I am still drying tears that have decided to invade my vision. I’m not usually this petty, and I usually don’t feel this much pain through the characters of the books I read, but this one truly struck a chord with me. At the beginning of reading this novel I couldn’t understand what everybody was getting all hyped up about. (Or I was truly heartless and wasn’t understanding what the commotion was all about.) Now I get it, and now I’ll try not to underestimate the power of fictional literature.


 That meme where the question to answer ratio: Okay? Okay. I was really confused before reading this book. I was like “What’s the relevance?” I get it now. It’s okay if you don’t understand, it gives you all the more incentive to go read this book.

The Fault in Our Stars is loaded with a lot of great, deep thought provocative pieces and I applaud John Green for writing this way. Although I do agree that children who are forced to deal with the reality of their diagnosis and there in turn are forced to become adults quickly, I have never heard a 16 year-old talk the way Hazel spoke. Maybe I’m just strange, or have a lack of Scrabble bonus words but seriously? The is no way “non-fictional teens” would talk to each other that way. Am I out of line?

Either way, I highly recommend this book. It was a great read, I finished it in about 4-5 hours. It’s emotive, thought provoking, and I believe it’s a very enlightening piece of YA lit.

5 Star

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P.S.

I dare you not to get that tight-chested, misty-eyed feeling by the time you reach the middle of this book. Just saying.

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Review: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

 

Published: 2014
By: Listening Library
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook (originally received
in eBook)
ISBN:  9780804167291
- Goodreads

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At a young age Harry was afflicted with multiple cases of bullying but one day the neighborhood boys were playing and a particular group took a keen interest on making Harry’s life miserable. Almost like a punishment for being born, Harry gets tied to a large Oak tree in the park. Thunder clouds stir above and soon strike the tree Harry is tied to. He’s screaming for help, abandoned by everybody, he’s finally found by his mother through the pouring rain and he’s rushed to the hospital.

Waking up from several hours of surgery Harry now has to face the more than just bullies. It’s him against the world as society stares at him and his fire ravaged face. Harry became an outcast, and when the police were involved, he never told them who tied him to the tree. The boys in question knew they were in the wrong, they never looked up at the house after that day. Harry went to school, remained alone until one day he meets Jonny.

Jonny made Harry “cool”. Jonny took Harry under his wing, and brought him out from his shell. Graduating year, Jonny and Harry decide to start a band “The Scar Boys”. This is when we really start the adventure! The downfalls. The awesome times! The romances. The tragedies. Relationship fall-out, and then the getting-back-together-and-making-up part.

I really enjoyed this book, and the audio version you wind up getting a sing-song version of the final music piece from the narrator.

* Just note that there may be a slight chance that I misspelled the names of some of the characters.

4 Star

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Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Published: 2014
By: Poppy
Source: Edelweiss
Format: Ebook
ISBN:   9780316254779

A blackout in New York City brings together two teenagers in Jennifer E. Smith’s new romantic YA novel, The Geography of You and Me.

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?

- Edelweiss

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Can I just have a quick squee moment right here guys?

*ahem*

Moving forward. I made this request because I was super curious and because I think cutesy, teenage love is not a bad thing to read up on once in a while. Because me reading memoirs and biographies always sooo monotonous (kidding)

I liked the idea of the story, and I had no clue that this was the same author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which I hadn’t read either but now I’m curious about it as well.

In this story we follow the life of Owen, whom has recently lost his mother due to a tragic accident, and Lucy, a young lady who wants nothing more to be somewhere and be part of the jetset-life her parents are constantly doing while she and her brothers would stay in New York.

After the funeral of Owen’s mother, his father – a unemployed construction worker – takes the opportunity of becoming a superintendent for Lucy’s building in New York, which was offered by the father’s cousin, the property owner. Owen and dad drive across the country from little Pennsylvania with nothing but their red Honda and the few possessions they could pack and went on their way.

Within the first week or so of the depressed family being in their new basement lodgings, Owen’s dad heads out for a trip to the Coney Island to do a small memorial of where he and his wife first met. After all this happened Owen decides to take a trip up to the roof.

The elevator gets stuck.

He gets stuck in the elevator with a girl – that’s Lucy.

And the rest is history!

Actually it isn’t. The elevator is not broken but in fact there was a giant blackout that wiped not only New York, but also along the coast and into Canada. (Whoot Canada represent! *cough cough*

The two get to talking and once they’re out of the elevator they spend the entire evening together staring up at the starry night sky. Until the next morning where Lucy wakes up alone and Owen gets distracted because his father is wheezing with heat exhaustion. The two never see each other.. ever.

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Now at this point you’re probably wondering about this “geography” part of the title. Well, when Lucy’s parents would go on holidays they would send her a postcard. This was a tradition started when she was little, and it stuck.

When Lucy winds up moving across the world because of the kind of work her father does, they land in Edinburgh, and for the cutesy mockery Lucy and Owen had during that blackout lying on her kitchen floor, she decided to send him a postcard.

Postcards, yes!

These two send each other postcards, until they started to slow down because of personal distractions. However, this story wouldn’t be fit if it didn’t have a lovely, twitter-pattering of an ending. It does. But you’ll have to read about it for yourself to find out the really gushy details.

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