Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Green, J. (2012). The fault in our stars. Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books

Written by John Green
313 pages
Appropriate for ages 13+ years
Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audiobook

Sixteen year old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, lives her life attached to an oxygen tank, but the real story begins when she meets Augustus Waters. At a cancer kids support group, with one glance at Augustus, Hazel’s life changes. He is tall, good looking and in remission. Hazel doesn’t like her odds of living a long life. Augustus lives with more optimism. But to Hazel, what’s the point in hurting someone when you don’t have to?

This book deals with cancer, dying and losing a loved one. Death is unavoidable. John Green does not shy away from this, and Hazel’s story is heart-breaking. Everyone knows someone that has died from cancer. It’s what makes this book relatable. It’s sad and equally, so full of life.

Hazel and Augustus are well rounded characters. She’s cautious. He’s in too deep. They teach you that life isn’t fair. But live it to the fullest while you can.

John Green knows the English language well. This book is filled with dialogue and clever banter. He doesn’t downplay the situation by using easier language.

The Fault in our Stars is a love story like no other. It’s beautifully written. The plot is believable. The characters will become your friends. This book will make you laugh and cry. Everyone should read this book! If you get dust in your eye at the end, know that every tear was worth it.

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Series: standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Books
Released: 10 May 2012, first published in 2006
Length: 227 pages
Format: paperback from the library

Book Blurb: Katherine V thought boys were gross Katherine X just wanted to be friends Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail K-19 broke his heart When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

My Thoughts: There is something different about John Green’s books that make them different to other young adult books.

This is a coming of age story. One that I’m not sure too many people could identify with. Only dating people with the same name. Being super quick at anagramming almost everything into structurally sound sentences. Having parents let their teen-aged son take off on a quest of self-discovery after a girl dumped him. But there is something about Colin Singleton that’s relate-able, and it isn’t just the heartbreak.

One thing I really like about this story: even though there are plenty of mathematical algebraic(?, that’s me pretending to be smart) equations, by no means does it leave you feeling dumb. They are well explained by Colin and the footnotes. And the footnotes, I think they added to this story’s originality. It doesn’t make for good listening. A friend was listening to the audiobook and couldn’t quite understand what was going on, so make sure you have a physical copy with you.

I’m finding with John Green novels, he takes the boy meets girl expectations and gives them a simple twist. Like with TFIOS & Paper Towns, you would move mountains for that happy ending but when those final pages come around, you are happy with where the story has gone. It’s not the “happily ever after” you expect from YA.

My Rating:

5 Leaf

Author Stalker Links
I honestly think everyone knows John Green. He’s pretty popular on the YouTubes with his bro Hank and in the book world, especially among the YA readers. But just incase you live under a rock, you can find John with these links:

Website | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

Final Comments: If you’ve read John Green and haven’t read this one, make sure you do! If you haven’t read anything by John Green, this is a good one to ease you into the heartbreak that is TFIOS.

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #3

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

 

Kia Ora everyone!

This is my first B(&NSB)T post for 2015! There really isn’t a good way to shorten the name… that will do.

In Bookish news,

1. I have signed up for the 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I am remaining with 100 books as my goal and focusing on finishing all the series I have started, especially the completed series. I like to think this will help decrease me TBR pile. Each month new books are released and I just can’t help but add them.

2. I purchased one book while I was holidaying in Los Angeles. This will probably be the last purchase for awhile! (See more about that here). I was at The Grove and introduced by hubby to Barnes & Noble, all 3 levels! I purchased ‘An Abundance of Katherines‘ by John Green. This will sit next to my copy of ‘The Fault In Our Stars‘ which I received for Christmas 2013.

In Not So Bookish news,

3. Have you discovered Red My Lips? I was invited to its 2015 event. I hadn’t heard about it. But its a worthy cause. Its a campaign designed to raise visibility and awareness about the realities and prevalence of sexual violence, while combating rape culture and victim-blaming. Their slogan: This is not about VANITY. It’s about VISIBILITY. So this April, I will consider wearing red lips when I am most visible to the public. Join the event on facebook here.

4. I’ve been spending a little bit of time lately on Pinterest, in particular all the home decor and DIY things for around the home. I can’t wait for the day when I own my home. We are renting at the moment so there are limitations to what I can do. I really need to declutter. I have a LOT of stuff. Maybe that can be a personal goal for the year. If it’s still in the garage in 6 months, then its gone.

 

That’s a wrap from me for this week. Catch ya next time. Bye!

final love sharlene