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5 Book reviews from Emily…3/5ths John Green (lol)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneOh Harry Potter, it’s a classic. If you haven’t read it, then who are you. This book is about a wizard who doesn’t have parents and lives under a staircase, um let’s name him Harry Potter? Well Harry Potter is a wizard, but his aunt and uncle don’t know that, they’re just rude people who assume horrible things, gross. But Harry and his crew go to this wizard school and they do a bunch of amazing things together and it’s basically like your friendship goals. But then there’s an evil guy, of course. Well he and his squad try to kidnap Harry and ruin his life because it seems like they’re jealous of him and his awesome wizard skills. Or his parents just did something bad and he’s trying to get revenge. But really, you need to read this, not because it’s a classic. But because it’s just a great series that includes adventures and great friendship.

maze runnerHave you ever had a dream where you’re stuck in a white room and there is no end?  Well, I recommend the book, The Maze Runner. You might’ve seen the movie and thought “That was amazing!” But once you read the book you’ll think “Oh my goodness, that was like watching the Super Bowl last year!” This is a book that has a BUNCH of mysteries. Why are there cement walls trapping them? How did they lose their memory? It’s all so confusing! But that’s what makes it so good. I recommend the book AND the movie, they’re both amazing. So in the book, Thomas gets sent to a village and has no memory from his past life. He is sent to survive there with other boys around his age. There’s also a maze that has weird robot killer bug thingy and the maze runners go in to see what the maze looks like, but if they don’t make it in time for the doors to close…then something bad happens. Go read it to find out, if you like mystery books and adventure books, this is a great book for you!

 

papertownsDo you ever wonder if there’s a guy thinking about you day and night? Or boys, do you ever think about a girl all the time? Or do you ever think about running away from home? Well, in Paper Towns all of those things happen! You have Margo Spiegelman, a girl who just runs away from home whenever she feels like it. You also have a guy named Quinten, also known as Q, who has fallen in love with Margo. He misses his graduation just to find Margo, because that’s his childhood love. I recommend this book because it’s not only a love story, but it has adventures and mysteries. Also it’s funny, it has a lot of adult humor, which is the best. Oh yeah, they’re also making a movie based off of this book, SO JUST READ IT..

 

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsEveryone wants a perfect relationship and to grow old together, but we all know that might not happen. In The Fault in Our Stars, it’s soooooo not like that. There’s a girl, named Hazel Grace she has cancer and she has always had it. There’s a guy, Augustus Waters who meets her at the cancer support group and says a funny joke. Then they go on romantic trips together and start to love each other, and everything seems perfect! But it’s not; this story WILL make you cry. This book will make you as bright as then sun, and at the end as sad as the time you found out Santa wasn’t real. But I recommend it because it’s such a good book and you can’t miss out on it!

 

Looking for AlaskaI know I’m doing another John Green book, but he’s just so talented. Looking for Alaska is my 2nd favorite book, he isn’t actually looking for the state Alaska but if he was, then it would be pretty tricky. And he isn’t actually trying to find her, he just likes her. *Tries to be sarcastic* But guess what you aren’t going to believe it, SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND. This is so not like every love story. I’m serious, it’s not. In the middle of the book, something goes wrong, like you wouldn’t even expect it. I was so surprised myself. You, whoever is reading, you need to read this. It’s like a life lesson to never drive home drunk. It’s just so good, you need to read it.

–Emily, 7th grader, West Seattle

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The Fault in Our Stars: Finished it in two days!

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsTitle: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

This book was recommended to me by Sophie a long time ago but I dismissed it due to the fact I thought it was going to be too depressing to read. I can’t really handle depressing books but my friend has been urging me to read it and I decided to give it a shot. I finished this book in two days, that’s how amazing it was. The book was brilliant, it wasn’t a depressing book that only showed the negative effects of having cancer but it also showed the positives, that just because you have cancer it doesn’t mean that you should let it bring you down. Continue reading

Web Round-up: John Green…Teen Whisperer

How the author of The Fault in Our Stars built an ardent army of fans.

John GreenIn late 2006, the writer John Green came up with the idea of communicating with his brother, Hank, for a year solely through videos posted to YouTube. The project wasn’t quite as extreme as it sounds. John, who was then twenty-nine, and Hank, who was three years younger, saw each other about once a year, at their parents’ house, and they typically went several years between phone calls. They communicated mainly through instant messaging….

…The Greens started posting videos several times a week, under the name the Vlogbrothers. The project was less a conversation than an extended form of parallel play. They shared personal stories—John confessed that the only sports trophy he ever got was made by his parents, and bore the inscription “All-Star in Our Hearts”—but mainly they exchanged ideas. The brothers had signature preoccupations, which they discussed with excitable urgency, talking into the camera at tremendous speed. John discussed books, existential anxiety, and pizza; Hank was into science, math, and corn dogs. John invented a highly undignified “happy dance”; Hank wrote and performed songs, many of them about Harry Potter. The tone of their monologues ranged from goofily informative (how giraffes have sex) to wonkish (Why Are American Health-Care Costs So High?). Many posts dispensed adult wisdom, but in a reassuringly modern way. In a post advising boys on how to charm a girl, John jokingly said, “Become a puppy. A kitten would also be acceptable or, possibly, a sneezy panda.” But he also said, “If you can, see girls as, like, people, instead of pathways to kissing and/or salvation.”

To read Margaret Talbot’s complete article, visit The New Yorker.

To watch more vlogbrothers (which we highly recommend!) visit their Youtube channel.

To order the über cute giraffe shirt, go here.  🙂

Loren’s Top Five Teen Books

These are my personal top five favorite books about/for teens, in no particular order.

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower

I love Perks on a deep, emotional level. I read Perks when I get really sad, and nothing else will make me feel better. Charlie is the most likeable and relatable character I have ever known, and that’s how you feel after reading this amazing book, like you know him. Freshman year is tough (especially in the ’90s) and so far I haven’t had as much trouble as Charlie, but this book has helped me through some tough times.

2. The Hunger Games

I read this book for the first time in fifth grade, and feel like I may have outgrown it by now.  However, I still enjoy the story that everyone (and their grandmothers!) knows by now. I guess I just love the idea of fighting to the death with other teens, which is why I highly recommend Battle Royale, which is just a really violent Japanese Hunger Games with tolerable love stories that actually make sense.

3. Why We Broke Up

The beautiful watercolor illustrations from Maira Kalman wonderfully accompany Daniel Handler’s (who uses the pen name Lemony Snicket for his children books) writing of this tragic letter from a “different” (some call would call her “arty”) girl to the jock she has broken up with. She delivers this letter with a big box of memorabilia from their relationship (these are this items that Kalman illustrates). A word to the wise: Don’t read this book if you have recently broken up with someone. It will just make you sad.

4. The Giver

You were probably forced to read this at some point in your school career; if you have, go back and re-read it. You probably missed a lot. (If you weren’t forced to read it, you should!) I have read this book several times now and I am always noticing new and interesting things. Lois Lowry created a dystopian community that has always fascinated me.

5. The Fault in our Stars

I’m not a huge fan of John Green; I think his books are a little too similar concerning characters. But TFioS is undeniably the saddest book I have ever read. I really admire any book that can make me cry (I forgot to mention I always cry when you-know-who dies in The Hunger Games). TFioS isn’t even that sad all the time, you spend your time laughing and “aww-ing” along through most of the book. The characters are part of a beautiful story that makes me believe in love. But you are also telling yourself, “One of them is going to die! Or both! I know I’m going to cry!” Let’s just say that the ending left me devastated.

–Loren, 15, Teen Center Adviser

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Teen Review: Fault in our Stars

faultTitle:  The Fault in our Stars
Author:  John Green
Summary:  The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of two cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who meet one another and fall in love while exploring how cancer has affected their lives. 

I started reading it because… I have read other John Green books and loved them.

I kept reading because… I got incredibly invested in the characters. I love Hazel and Augustus, and I couldn’t put it down until I found out what happened to them.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To Be:  An Author chronicling her own experiences with cancer. 

Six Word Recap:  Couple meet, love, pursue favorite author.

This book reminded me of Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin — they both share the darkly funny humor, though this book is much more emotionally taxing.

Watch out for the plot twist!

Roxanne, Northeast Teen Adviser

Sarah's Top 11 Books of All Time!

So I read A LOT.  In the 6th & 7th grade I was really into sci-fi/ fantasy and then I went into a crappy realistic fiction phase and then I found Harry Potter and then the good realistic fiction. I’m pleased to present: My Top 11 Favorite Books of ALL Time!

The whole list can be found on the library’s catalog here!

11. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This is an amazing love story and in my opinion the best Nicholas Sparks book (and I’ve read ALL of them.) I love the 1950s back drop, I love Jamie and Landon, I love their love, I love that they get married even though they’re still kids, and I love that their love changed each other for the better.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
So I was required to read this book my freshmen year and I thought I would hate it but I ended up falling in love with it. It’s a classic and there isn’t one specific reason why I love it I just love all of it.  And I am Scout; I was exactly like her as a kid.

9. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
This is QUALITY realistic fiction. Sara Zarr is an AMAZING realistic fiction author. I love this book because I felt raw when I finished it. The love and the characters in this book felt so real that I could not stop thinking about it even weeks after I’d finished the book. Continue reading

Book Shorts: The Fault in our Stars

faultTitle:  The Fault in Our Stars

Author:  John Green

Summary: 16 year old Hazel Lancaster is struggling to stay optimistic while living with cancer. Then she meets Agustus Waters, who gives her something to live for.

I started reading it because… My friend read it would not stop talking about how wonderful it was for a full week and so I thought I’d better read it too.

I kept reading because… The plot and characters were so well developed and wonderful and heartbreaking.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Become award winning authors who donate all their money to a charity for kids with cancer who want to cure autism.

Six Word Recap:  Hazel and Agustus meet van Houten.

This book reminded me of Sarah Dessen books, because it is a love story and it is told from a girl’s perspective.

Websites of interest:  John Green