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Paper Towns: A beTter mOviE tHan Book?

papertownsIf you are a fan of John Green’s novel Paper Towns then I have some good news for you; the movie adaptation of the popular book is set to be released in the US on June 5th, 2015!  As an avid John Green fan this news was already exciting, but I am especially thrilled to hear that Paper Towns in particular is being made into a movie.  Why, you ask?  Simply put, it is because I think Paper Towns will be a better movie than a book.

Now before all you book purists come hunting me down with torches for saying that, please let me explain myself.  Believe me, when a studio slaughters a book (*cough cough* Percy Jackson) I am as angry as the rest of you.  But not only do I trust both John Green and the production team on this movie, but I also trust the book; that is, I trust that it will make an incredible movie.

*Spoilers Ahead*

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Perks of Being a Wallflower: fall in love with characters & their friendship

perksWallflowerTitle:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author:  Stephen Chbosky

Summary:  Charlie, a shy and naive 15-year-old, is trying to come to terms with the suicide of his best friend and cope with his own mental illness.  About to begin high school and unsure of how to feel, Charlie starts to write letters to a stranger he heard is nice.  In these letters we follow Charlie through the ups and downs of high school as he learns about love, friendship, and stepping out of your comfort zone.

How many stars would you give this book and why?  I would rate this book 10/10 stars. The letter format is intriguing and the story flows beautifully.  Each letter is like a chapter.  All of the characters are well-developed and I feel like I know each of them personally.

I started reading it because… I loved the title of the book, as well as the cover page…

I kept reading because… I fell in love with the characters and their friendship.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of… I loved Patrick (one of Charlie’s friends).  He is one of the funniest characters I have ever come across and his presence in the book makes it a million times better.

Anything else we should know… The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now a major motion picture. Released in 2012 the author (Stephen Chbosky) also directed the movie. The film and its soundtrack are both incredible.

Websites of Interest: Here’s a link to the movie trailer.

–Laura, 16, Greenwood

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Editor’s Note:  Perks is one of those books that just keeps drawing people in!  Check out our other reviews of this title!  Many different contexts, but all love all the time.  🙂

Venus in Love – friendship, love, confusion?

venus in loveTitle: Venus In Love
Author: Yuki Nakaji

Summary: A college girl looks for love and will probably end up with her crush’s best friend, her gay neighbor, but don’t ask me how that works.

Gut reaction: grounded, un-obnoxious, college instead of high school, mature people for once.

Why: The characters are realistic, and although they aren’t especially deep, they aren’t shallow at all.  The strange portrayal of LGBTQ+ is strange, but I guess he’s bi-sexual?  I’ll be interested in how they pull this off.  However, they deserve credit for a realistic homosexual character instead of the derogatory okama stance.  The heroine, Suzuna, has no tragic back story or Mary-Sue qualities whatsoever.  The story plays out like real life without bathos and it’s possible, although not likely, that it’ll end with the friendship ending.

Who would like this book: realistic LGBTQ+ fans (not an LGBTQ+ story though), shoujo fans. I’ll read until the end because I’m curious and it’s good so far.

–Lexie, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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My favorite book by John Green – An Abundance of Katherines

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Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Summary: Colin Singleton was proclaimed a prodigy at a young age. That’s a lot to live up to. While he tries to piece together what he’s going to do with his life, he attends high school and has curiously only dated girls named Katherine. The novel consists of Colin and his friend Hassan’s summer adventures before the first year of college, as well as flashbacks to Colin’s experiences with several of the Katherines. In order to get Colin’s mind off of his most recent Katherine break up, Hassan encourages Colin to come on a road trip with him. The pair doesn’t have any place in particular in mind, but they end up in a small southern town called Gutshot, Tennessee. Colin and Hassan’s search for what to do with their lives ensues.

Six Word Review: My favorite book by John Green.

I started reading because: I like John Green’s work.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s humorous, it’s relatable, it’s intelligent, and it’s fun to read.

I loved that Colin’s last name was Singleton. He has always been the dumpee instead of the dumper so it’s only fitting that his last name be Singleton.

I hated… I don’t know if I really hated any part of this book. Like I said, it’s my favorite by John Green.

Anything else we should know? There are also some really cool footnotes and if you’re into math there are some graphs and other mathematical equations. Don’t be annoyed if you’re not into math though because I’m not really either but John Green introduces the math rarely and in such a funny way that you barely even notice it’s real math. You don’t even have to do any work. No solving for x or cosine or anything, I promise.

–Regina, 17, West Seattle

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Friendship, loyalty, and courage…

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a relatively short but powerful book that is bound to leave the reader thinking and debating the issues that the characters in the book brought up.  Ponyboy Curtis lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry.  They are part of a gang known as the Greasers, along with a few other kids, who are rivals with another gang known as the Socs (short for “Socials”).  These two gangs differ in terms of wealth, with the Socs being the more elite “rich” class, and the Greasers being the poorer class.  The story follows Ponyboy and his friends after a run-in with the Socs, and what happens after a few incidents.  This book covers friendship, trust, and loyalty in a tense situation, and will definitely leave an impact on the reader long after you put the book down.

I kept reading the book because the characters were all so believable and realistic.  Each one of the characters maintained a distinct personality throughout the whole book, and each one was very unique.  The setting and the narration also helped set the tone and atmosphere of the book.  Many things brought up in the book are relatively mature, and include themes and motifs such as gang violence, alcohol, smoking, etc…, which all adds to the portrayal of the characters and the narration of the story.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking, discuss-able story.  This book is consistently rated very highly from many sources and is definitely worth the time to read and understand the ideas and themes presented throughout this entire book.  Friendship, loyalty, and courage are three big themes that pop out in this book.  The Outsiders is definitely a book you do not want to miss!

–Matthew, 11th Grader, Lake City

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Teen Reviewed: Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of DarknessThe Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin

Summary: The Left Hand of Darkness is a Science Fiction novel that tells the story of Genly Ai, a human emissary sent by the Ekumen (an intergalactic “United Nations”) to the planet Gethen (also known as Winter). He tries to convince the king of Karhide to join the Ekumen, but is rejected. Meanwhile, one of Genly’s friends in the kingdom is accused of treason and is forced to flee into a different kingdom. Genly decides to follow him and thinks that he could convince that Kingdom to join the Ekumen. They journey together, meet trouble, and are faced with many questions along the way. What really is friendship? Trust? Loyalty?
I kept reading this book because of the vivid descriptions and details throughout the book. Also, I really enjoyed thinking about the philosophical and psychological ideas that were presented out through the entire book. The characters were very intriguing, and by the time I finished the book, I felt like I really understood each of the characters. The tone is always somewhat somber, which really added to the effect while reading the book. I imagined myself following alongside the main characters in this snow-covered planet while the book progressed.
Overall, this book is a must-read for any Science Fiction fan. Even if you are not particularly interested in the Science Fiction genre, you should still definitely consider reading this book. This book does not “fit” the normal Sci-Fi stereotype of advanced technology fighting off aliens in the year 3XXX. Rather, it uses the genre of Sci-Fi as a means to tell a very compelling story that would make you consider the ideas brought up in this book. This book is no stranger to the spotlight—it has won many awards and is considered one of the most important and influential Sci-Fi novels ever written. Pick up this book today and enjoy!

–Matthew, grade 11, Lake City

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Teen Reviewed: One Piece

One PieceTitle:  One Piece

Author:  Eichiro Oda

Why I started reading?  It was so long ago I can’t even remember.  The cover looked interesting?  😀

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  charge in headfirst without thinking!

This book reminded me of Dragon Ball because they’re both manga, they are the same genre, shonen, which is action-adventure that isn’t too mature.  The main characters are similar in personality and they both are written by the same formula of “story arcs,” so they have similar progression.

One Piece is very popular.  It’s aimed towards a younger teen audience.  The main character has an interesting ability and is very charismatic and distinctive.  It’s fun to watch him work towards his goal, and it doesn’t ever get too confusing.  It’s a series, and the first half of it is pretty straightforward, but as you get more into it, the plot thickens and the setting becomes more and more complex.  The main theme seems to be camaraderie, but there are other minor themes such as equality, justice, government oppression, and dreams.

— Lexie, 15, West Seattle

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