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Looking for Alaska, John Green

   looking for alaska     Looking for Alaska was beautifully written by John Green. It speaks of love and loss, and finding oneself while keeping it lighthearted enough. Looking for Alaska is about a boy, “Purge” Halter, who does not necessarily fit in at his normal school, and does not have any friends. His parents decide it is time for him to transfer to boarding school, Culver Creek, and try his luck out there. Upon arrival he meets his roommate who is soon to become his best friend, The Colonel, and a girl, Alaska, who he will come to love and hate all at the same time, like young love so often makes you feel. Their time spent at Culver Creek is one making lasting impressions on each other, testing boundaries, and trying to figure out “If they will ever get out of the labyrinth”.

I did not like this one as much as I liked The Fault in Our Stars, but I still really enjoyed this one. I loved how it was written as a count down, and with each passing day I was wondering what we were counting down to, and what we got to was shocking. I liked what this novel made you think about, and whether you cherish the people around you, and how you react to the circumstances you are given. If you read The Fault in Our Stars and loved it, continue reading the rest of John Green’s collection and you will enjoy the way you feel while reading, and how much it opens your mind to everything else. Until next time,

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Book Reviews, Uncategorized

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

fault in our stars
     This story is about a young girl named Hazel who is in the fight of her life. Or, really it is more like a battle because there is no way she can win the fight. Hazel has cancer and she will always have difficulty breathing due to the fluid that has filled her lungs, but that does not stop her from living the life that she wants. In her support group she meets a boy who will forever change her life, Augusts Waters. Augusts also has cancer, but he is one of the “lucky ones” and is now considered cancer free, but in his battle he lost his leg. What the two of them found in each other is something that only a few people can hope to gain in a full lifetime, that these two teenagers found in their battles.

This novel got me. Yes, it got me. This novel touched so many emotions of mine, some of which I didn’t know I had. To me the overall idea of it was uplifting, and made me want to reevaluate my life, and how I see myself and others around me. To me the whole premise of the novel was to live life the way you want to, find true love and go after it no matter what the consequences may be. To truly let your heart be opened even if you think it might be shattered. What I also really enjoyed was that there was a story within a story, with the one that she was reading, and the one that was going on in her life, and the similarities that came about. The amount of tears I had reading this was ridiculous. It has been a long time since a novel effected me as much as this one did. Well that’s kind of true. The Five People You Meet in Heaven also made me think about life to its core. John Green did a fantastic job with this, and I can’t wait to read more of his work. I just recently got Looking for Alaska and I cannot wait to read that either. If you can’t tell, of course I recommend this novel. I would read it again if I felt like I can take the emotional tole of it, but I don’t think that I can. Until next time,

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90s Born Reader