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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Recently I'm Reading

It's never been much of a secret that I am quite the bookworm, I was thinking about this the other day and realised I hadn't really written about any books on here. So that's what I decided to do. I thought I'd write about two books today. One is my favourite book in the world and I'm pretty sure I could ramble on about its amazingness forever but I won't put you through that because frankly, it'd get annoying. The second is by the same author and is another wonderful read but is not quite as great as the first in my opinion.

They are The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns by John Green. I've also read Looking For Alaska by John Green but I didn't enjoy it as much as these two and I've also mislaid it somewhere in my house so didn't have the chance to look back through it and find my favourite bits.

Okay so Paper Towns' blurb goes like this: "Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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. She has disappeared. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance ...and they are for him. Trailing Margo's disconnected path across the USA, the closer Q gets, the less sure he is of who he is looking for." 

It's about a teenage girl who I think it is fair to say is a little bit lost and looks at life in a very different way, and a boy who learns that not everybody can be saved, one of the most important lessons to learn. Green writes wonderfully; in my experience of his writing I've found that he depicts adolescents perfectly, which is not as easy to do as it may seem. His characters are incredibly believable and I found myself desperate to find out where the story ended up. I don't want to write too much about it, but it made me think. Just as I've written before, when I visited the theatre, I love it when things make me think. Not in the simple sense of the word, as humans we're constantly thinking about something or other, but when something makes me think more profoundly about the world we're living in, I cannot recommend it enough. And Paper Towns did just that for me, it's a lot about not knowing where you're going, a feeling of not belonging and a fear of the unknown, something I think we can all relate to. I'm not going to write about vocabulary, or plot, or imagery, that's not really me, but I doubt I will forget this book in a hurry. 

The Fault In Our Stars is the best book I've ever read. It changed my life a little when I read it. It didn't just make me think like Paper Towns, it went further. I don't know how to explain it but I've never found a book that's so 'me'. My friend Grace recommended it to me a long time ago and she said exactly the same thing, that it was an 'Anna book'. And if you know that it's about a teenage girl with cancer you might think that is a little strange, but every page of this book was incredible to me. It is both tragic and hilarious in equal measure. Here's the blurb: '"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.'

It explores a hell of a lot of ideas about life and death in just 313 pages, which I personally think is pretty damn impressive. I'm so tempted to just type my favourite quotes here in the hope that it will convince you to read it, but they're better to read if you're reading the book yourself. I've never had such an insight into what it must be like to have an illness that means you could expect to die at any time, death has always been a massive fear of mine (even though it is, of course, inevitable) and the way Green writes through his characters about their ideas of death really intrigued me. I'm sure I've now made The Fault In Our Stars sound incredibly morbid, but honestly, although it is at times incredibly sad, for the majority of the book I was laughing and smiling as Green does humour so well. 

Unfortunately I have school tomorrow so should get an early night and cannot continue to rant about how amazing these books are. But I'm sure you can see my reviews aren't really like others. I tend to just write what they made me think about, because for me that's what books are for: thinking and inspiration. I hope you enjoyed it anyway. 



  1. I really want to read that John Green book. Looks ace. x

    1. It is incredible, I hope you enjoy it! X


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