One of the perks about being a lifestyle blogger is that you can talk about absolutely anything. Fashion, food, sports and even what you like to read. If you know me personally, I HATE reading. Especially if I’m reading something I’m not interested in. It takes ages for me to finish an article or a book! Luckily, towards the end of the summer I stepped outside of the box and tried reading a book just for leisure. I started off by reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver as it was just sitting there in one of my storage boxes that were full of other birthday presents I received. Honestly I didn’t want to read it at all but as soon as I read the first few chapters, is what pretty hard to put down. I’ll write more about Lauren Oliver and her other best-selling books another time because I just started reading a series of hers. In the meantime, here’s a familiar name known all around the globe because of his deep and meaningful sentences.
Ysabela (my very young auntie) recommended The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. We sort of have the same taste in books. We don’t ready anything but realistic fiction (or something close to it). She likes books that are deep and I like books with problems and actions that need to be solved. The odd thing is we have are geared towards books about love and relationships. The Fault in Our Stars is about cancer. A girl named Hazel or Hazel Grace is diagnosed with stage 4 Thyroid Cancer with mets (metastasis) in her lungs. Later on in the book she meets Augustus Waters or Gus where they go on this crazy adventure. Well maybe not as crazy as the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson series of course. Without spoiling it too much, you’ll see how Gus completes Hazels life and why John Green wrote that ‘the marks humans leave are too often scars’ and that ‘some infinities are bigger than other infinities’.
Out of five stars I give it a four. And I have many friends who disagree with me and think its boring, and a lot who believe it’s great and it’s the type of stories they’re into. It all depends on what you like really. If you’re more into sci-fi and action-packed story lines, you might want to sit this out. If you’re more of a realistic fiction, touchy-feely reader like I am, this one’s for you.
And one more thing! I’m so happy to say that there will be a movie of The Fault in our Stars and I can’t wait. I heard that the actor playing Hazel is going to be Shailene Woodley. I first discovered her when I watch Felicity- An american girl movie a few years back but I hardly recognised her. Recently I just found out that she is part of the TV show The Secret Life of an American Teenager. Although I don’t watch it, I heard from my friends and family that it’s a great show. Shailene is a great and gorgeous actress which makes me more excited for the movie to come out. Other actors include Ansel Elgort taking the role of Augustus Waters, and Nat Wolff who will act as Isaac (another teenager who is diagnosed with cancer)
After The Fault in Our Stars I couldn’t help but hold on to another John Green, full-of-quotes novel. I decided to go with Looking For Alaska. This book revolves around a boy this time named Miles Halter who later on goes by the name ‘Pudge’. As he has an obsession with last words, Pudge wants to find the “Great Perhaps” as he read it from a famous poet named François Rabelais. He decides to go to a boarding school named Culver Creek to find his answer. As boring as it sounds, Pudge actually meets new friends who open daring and exciting doors for him, including the girl of his dreams named Alaska Young. As said in the blurb, She pulls pudge into her world, launches him to the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. I must be honest, I found the first half of the book really boring. If you read the book, think about it, what is so interesting about pulling pranks? However, after totally made me change my opinion on the book. The twist in the story was daring but intelligent and if it wasn’t for my friends saying ‘wait ’til the end!’, I would have never found out that it is a great book after all. Like the first book I read, there are so many quotes that make you think. My favourite one was the metaphor: ‘If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.’ Don’t you think its amazing to compare people with rain? Thats what I like about this author; he is clever to think of all these quotes and tell us readers what it really means.
I rate this one three out of five stars mainly because the first half a book made me easily want to put it down and watch tv shows instead. But I’m happy I didn’t give up reading this or I would never find out what really happened to Alaska.You’ll understand when you read the book! I have a few friends who liked this one better than the fault in our stars but others who didn’t.
As you can see it’s based on your likes and opinions really. I happen to love these kinds of books. I was never into those fantasy and sic-fi story lines. Hopefully as I read more I’ll start to gear myself towards those types of novels. I haven’t even read the Harry Potter series (yes don’t kill me)! But in the mean time, John Green is a great author. I recommend these books to people my age, maybe even a little older or younger than me. I promise they’re easy reads because my brain can’t cope with deep books, yet. And I remember finishing each of them in about three days. It usually takes me weeks! There will be loads more blog posts on the books I read, hope you liked this one! By the way my excuse for not posting that often is because of school work of course. Try having 15 assessments in a span of four days! And the homework due wasn’t even counted in. Lucky for us, we get one week off for half term break. Watch out as I’ll be flooding absolutely savvy with more crazy things on my mind!
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