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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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Paper Towns – Romantic, mysterious, suspenseful; I love it.

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Author: John Green

Summary: Q has known Margot since they were little kids. She lives right next door to him and they used to be best friends, but things changed over time and they drifted apart a bit. However, just as Q is getting sick of the routine of school, Margot whisks him away on an adventure that involves catfish, spray paint, Nair, and sneaking into Sea World through a snake-infested moat in the middle of the night. The morning after, Q hopes that this means he and Margot can be friends (or maybe even more than friends), but instead of seeing her at school, he discovers that Margot has run away again. He’s discouraged until he notices that Margot has left a series of clues that lead to where she’s run away. He spends the rest of the story trying to piece it together. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether he finds her or not.

Six Word Review: Romantic, mysterious, suspenseful; I love it.

I started reading because: I liked John Green’s other books so I knew it was likely I’d enjoy this one as well.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because the story-line can fall a bit flat in parts. I felt like there needed to be something to spice it up a bit in the middle.

I loved that one of the main messages of the story was that perceptions can be different from realities. I hated that Margot wasn’t in the story more. She was a great character.

If Q was in a HS yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be Loyal

Anything else we should know? It’s a relatable story that demonstrates that how we think about people isn’t always how they actually are.

Regina, 17, West Seattle

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Sophie’s Books that Make You Think

fault-in-our-starsReview #1 (The Fault in Our Stars)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a tragic, yet youthful and captivating book. It features a girl named Hazel Grace who meets a boy named Augustus Waters at a support group for people who have cancer. Augustus uses his wish that he received when he first learned of his cancer to fly to Amsterdam to meet a Peter Van Houten, the author of Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Right from the beginning, Hazel’s sarcasm mixed with Augustus’s charm stuck to me, and have ended being two of my favorite characters in any book I’ve ever read. The writing was very unique, in that it used beautiful analogies, and was able to blend in a lot of humor despite its tragic topic. To any readers out there that enjoy a little mix of everything I would definitely recommend this book.

Review #2 (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky is in a perksWallflowerway very interesting in that it is vague so that you have to infer what is happening. This book is about a boy who goes by the alias name as Charlie who is beginning high school and decides to document his life through letters to the his friend, the reader. Charlie has no friends, except for Michael who committed suicide back in eighth grade. When Charlie begins high school he meets Patrick, Sam and many of their friends who teach him how to have fun.  I really enjoyed this book because it is in a way, a coming-of-age type of book that really introduces the reader to many different things that are important in realizing that happens to everyone. The author was able to expose the types of things that teenagers and people go through in life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age.

Lord of the FliesReview #3 (Lord of The Flies)

Lord of The Flies, by William Golding is chilling, and showed the savage side of a human. This book begins with a plane crash on an island, and a group of boys with no adults stranded. Humanity versus savagery is a big theme in this book. It quickly transitions from them trying to remain together as a group to a chaotic and bloody scene. This book was really creative in the symbolic representations that the author had chosen. And I found it really interesting to how the boys had divided the way that they did, and how much they had changed from British school boys to savages. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys symbolism and the capability of how savage a person can really become.

–Sophie, Columbia, Teen Adviser

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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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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

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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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.  🙂