My recent book kick

29 Aug

I went on a John Green book kick recently.  I read three of his books in the last 4 weeks I think.  So here they are and one non-Green book thrown in for good measure.

First up was The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

I happened to finish this on the flight out to Vegas.  Maura and Kirra can attest to the fact that I balled when I got to the end.  I mean, I was really crying, not just a small tear up.  It was really one of the best reads I’ve had in a while.

Next up I read Paper Towns

Paper Towns

“When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.”

This book takes readers all over the Orlando area, which for me was like going home.  It was neat to recognize all of the different locations as a former Central Floridian.  Yet another one that I really enjoyed.  He does a very good job of painting a picture of teen angst that is real, not just I didn’t get the jeans I wanted real.

The last John Green book that I’ll talk about was Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

“First drink
First prank
First friend
First girl
Last words

Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.”
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.”

There are themes that run through John Green’s books, especially the second two in my list and that is about how well do you really know someone.  Do you ever really know the real person or do you just know the person you have created in your head.  We humans tend to project a lot on other people and don’t always understand the person for real.  John Green really explores that in these second two novels.

And the last book that I’ll mention is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky (the only non John Greek book here)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.”

Since I was reading somewhat depressing coming of age books, I figured why stop at John Green books.  In this case, I saw the movie before I read the book, I usually don’t do that.  I really liked the movie though, both that and the book are set in Pittsburgh though, so that helped.  The writing in this book takes some getting used to.  The author wrote it as if Charlie himself was writing to us, so it reads like a diary entry of 15 year old boy.  Once you get used to it, it isn’t so odd.  Again, this was a great book that I’d definitely recommend reading.

So I really did like all of these, however, if you need something uplifting, DO NOT choose one of these.  They are poignant, but not happy reads.

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One Response to “My recent book kick”

  1. caitlinstern August 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    I love John Green–but I agree they aren’t ‘happy’ books. I’m working my way around to Paper Towns.

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