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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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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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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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Indie romance, very cool, very artsy.

The DisenchantmentsTitle: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina LaCour

Summary: Told from teenage boy Colby’s point of view, this novel follows the adventures of Colby, Colby’s best friend Bev, and sisters Meg and Alexa.  Bev, Meg, and Alexa, though they’re not so great at playing music, are the members of The Disenchantments, a girl band that is successful mostly due to the fact that its members are drop-dead gorgeous.  Colby and Bev have graduated from high school and are planning to spend the summer touring with Meg and Alexa before Bev and Colby head off to Europe to see the world.  At least, that’s the plan, but just as they kick of their road trip/tour in Colby’s uncle’s Volkswagen van Bev reveals to Colby that she applied to college and will be attending art school in the fall.  It’s a story about growing up and figuring out what to do after high school.

Six Word Review:  Indie romance, very cool, very artsy.

I started reading because:  A friend of mine told me that if I like John Green’s work, I’ll like this book.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s extremely relatable if you’re currently in high school.  It’s kind of quirky and very alternative.  A fun read.

I loved the journey that each of the characters go on.  Both the physical and metaphorical.  I hated how badly it made me want to go on a road trip.  It sounds so ideal.

If Meg was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To:  Be The Physical Embodiment Of A Rainbow.

Anything else we should know?  The novel contains a lot of contemporary artistic things like street art. It provides a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be a teenager today.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle

Teen Reviewed: The True Meaning of Smekday​

Title:  The True Meaning of Smekday True Meaning of Smekday

Author: Adam Rex

Summary: The year is 2013, and Earth has been invaded and conquered by aliens. 11.5 year old Gratuity Tucci (or “Tip” for short) is left with no one but her cat Pig after her mother gets abducted by the aliens.  She sets out for Florida to try to find her mom, and along the way she forms an unlikely friendship with an alien named J.Lo.  These two are thrown into a hilarious and witty adventure that involves flying cars, animals called koobish, and lots of cats as they do their best to save the world.

I started reading it because it was recommended to me by one of my teachers.

I kept reading because it was fast-paced, funny, and I grew very fond of the characters. I never stopped laughing, and I always wanted to know what happened next.

If Tip was in a yearbook, she would be voted “Most Likely to Change the World and Not Take Any Credit for it.” If J.Lo was in a yearbook, he would be voted “Worst Driver” or “Most Likely to Eat a Urinal Deodorizer.”

This book reminded me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because it is quick-witted and funny.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes to laugh.  A fun read that will bring a smile to your face no matter how old you are.  😀

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood

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Four on a Theme: Summer After Senior Year Road Trip

icon-books The summer after the senior of high school can be a tumultuous time. You may be looking forward to college, starting a new job, traveling, or just figuring out what’s up next in the queue of life. With all this forward thinking, there is still a reverence for the past, to spending some last days with friends and family before parting ways. In the following four books these recent graduates decide to spend their summers on the open road with some familiar friends before the next step begins. Continue reading