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Guest Post! Sami talks about TFIOS

Today I’m so happy to have Sami on the blog! She’s agreed to talk about her favorite book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!

Hello! My name is Sami and I blog over at Sparkle and Shine! After recently being accepted into the Her Campus Blogger Network, I have met Kayla. We talked about one of our biggest passions-books! Now, I am here to share with you all about my all-time favorite book: “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green.

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Author John Green always impresses with any novel of his, but “The Fault in Our Stars” completely takes the cake for best novel I have ever read. With a twist on a love story that left me sobbing like a baby and quotes that changed my perspective on life, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a must read.

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In the novel, sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster has stage 4 Thyroid cancer and metastasis forming in her lungs since she was 13. She is forced to attend a support group for children with cancer. Hazel attends the support group with her friend, Isaac, who introduces her to Augustus “Gus” Waters. Meeting Gus left Hazel on an adventure she would never, ever forget.

Hazel and Gus’ relationship deepens as they share their favorite books and have countless phone calls. Augustus has yet to his wish from “The Genies,” the novels fictionalized version of the Make a Wish Foundation. Augustus wants to use the wish on himself and Hazel to fly them to Amsterdam to meet the author of their favorite book, “An Imperial Affliction.” Hazel becomes torn because she does not want to form a relationship with Augustus so her eventual death will not cause him pain, like the death of his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Mathers, did.

Hazel is admitted into the hospital a little later with severe head pain caused by pneumonis. During the week, Augustus visits Hazel in the hospital. During her stay, Augustus tells her that he cares more about her than the pain her death would cause him. Hazel realizes she’s in love with Augustus, and decides she wants to fly to Amsterdam with Augustus to meet their favorite author.

After their eventful trip to Amsterdam, filled with more twists, turns, and tears than I could have ever expected, the novel hits an ultimate climax no one can see coming. I don’t want to say it, readers, because it will completely ruin the novel. What I will say, however, is that if you want to open your eyes and learn a thing or two about life, I would recommend reading this novel.

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5 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

authors : John Green & David Levithan

pages [paperback]: 310

memorable quote: Some people have lives; some people have music.

favorite characters: will grayson

summary:

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them both legions of faithful fans.

review:

I bought this book a while ago and decided that it was finally the right time to read it! I love John Green (and have been meaning to read more of his books, as otherwise I feel like a bad nerdfighter) and I’ve read some of David Levithan’s work as well, so I figured the two together was nothing short of amazingly awesome.

And I was right! Thankfully. I loved the story just from the first few pages. What with Tiny and Will Grayson’s hilarious description of his only friend and his life and general, I couldn’t get enough. Then I figured out that the other Will Grayson spoke in alternating chapters (which I happened to like reading more, if only because I liked reading it all in lowercase . . . ) because I didn’t actually read the back before buying this book. Yes. I have a horrible habit of doing that, but it makes everything more interesting when I know I’ll like the writing and have absolutely no expectations whatsoever. Except, you know, for the fact that there’ll be two Will Grayson’s in there somewhere.

I think that everyone, at some point, has wondered what it’d be like to meet someone with the same name. It’d be a completely odd and weird and wonderful experience, because on paper they are you, but if real life they’re definitely not. I liked how the novel dealt with that, with all of the characters problems (and they all-even the minor ones-had flaws. Yay! Because I hate it when they’re all perfect) and with high school. And that musical. It sure was something.

This book took me only a few days to read because it was so completely enjoyable. It made me laugh, gasp, cheer them on, want to throw things. Everything that a book should do and then some. I like it when a hilarious book can also have some really great messages thrown in there. And have amazing plot twists.

You should definitely check this book out! Everyone. Go go go!

DOUBLY DELIGHTFUL. 5/5 stars

p.s. much thanks to the nerdfighter who left a post-it in the copy I bought inviting me to join nerdfighteria! even if I already know all about it, it’s still nice to know there are local nerdfighters. ^^

5 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green [also wrote Paper Towns]

Pages [hardcover]: 318

memorable quote:
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.

favorite characters: augustus, isaac, & hazel

summary:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

review:

 Oh, John Green. You really need to stop making me fall in love with your characters.

The Fault in Our Stars is as depressing, heart-wrenching, lovely, wonderful, and well-thought as I’d imagined it would be. Hazel and the supported cast of characters combine to make a horrible situation, albeit one that’s been written about before, into something unique and not entirely hopeless. While not everyone will get what they’re looking for if someone’s searching for a perfect plot or ending, I think every bit of this fit in perfectly.

First off, I have to say that the characters made it what it was. Augustus, Isaac, and Hazel were definitely my favorites, but I also loved all of the parents, those random characters that popped in for two sentences, Isaac’s little brother (and I can’t remember his name). Each had their own quirks, exaggerated features, personal hopes and shortcomings and flaws. No one was perfect. Thankfully. They were as real as a reader can hope to get.

While at some times I had no idea where the plot was going or what was going to happen next, I didn’t really care. I just wanted to learn more about this budding friendship, about Hazel’s health problems, and what life could bring her. There’s no sweetening of the details here, or brushing over of the more technical or depressing parts. I liked how the reader is there with her through thick and thin.

If you want to read this, don’t bother trying to prepare yourself. Dive right into it, and let it take you on a ride you’ll never forget.

DEVASTATINGLY DELIGHTFUL. 5/5 stars

fiction · young adult

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Pages [hardcover]: 305

Memorable Quote: “Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.”

Favorite Character: Quentin

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Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

Review:

 I’ve waited far too long to read one of John Green’s novels. I’ve heard nothing but praise for them, but never had the urge to pick one up before now. Thankfully, my local library had a copy of Paper Towns, which I snatched half on a whim, half to find out whether or not it would click with me.

I can’t put my finger on what exactly made me like this book. The characters were brilliant, and exactly like teenagers-fickle and filled with flaws, but not necessarily bad because of this. And I think so many young adult books dumb it down or add large words that just don’t mix with modern speech. The twisting plot, attitude problems, and relationship drama reminds me of myself and my friends. It’s always great when you can relate to what you read.

I like the little quirks Quentin & Co. are given. Margo is a mystery in and of herself, adding plenty of suspense and intrigue. Though I definitely liked the story from the start, the plot picked up near the end and I ended up blowing off a night of homework just to get to the end. ^^ So, be warned. Whatever you were doing before you started this…Prepare to procrastinate with Paper Towns.

Paper Towns is a great novel that I give 4.5/5 stars. I recommend it to any mystery, young adult, or John Green fans. Plus, any nerdfighters out there. I’ve been one for…half a year now, I think. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out vlogbrotherse on youtube, and visit their channel page here. Fight for awesome and decrease world suck!