Review: An Abundance of Katherines – John Green


An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Release Date: 2006

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 215

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

3 out of 5 stars


I was enjoyed this book and would have given it 4 stars, except for the fact that they used the word ‘retarded’ to refer to someone.

This is one of the things that I am COMPLETELY not okay with because I hate that word and it should NEVER be used as an insult. I do admit that I lost some respect for John Green after that because there were so many other ways to get his message across. This horrible word was used on pages: 66, 121, 122, 175 and 200 of the paperback edition, therefore I am taking off one star for that.

I did enjoy quite a bit about this book aside from that. John Green is the quote master, I swear. He always has very quotable sentences or passages that just make you smile and agree.

The act of leaning in to kiss someone, or asking to kiss them, is fraught with the possibility of rejection, so the person least likely to get rejected should do the leaning in or the asking. And that person, at least in high school heterosexual relationships, is definitely the girl. Think about it: boys, basically, want to kiss girls. Guys want to make out. Always… there’s rarely a time when a boy is thinking, “eh, I think I’d rather not kiss a girl today.” Maybe if a guy is actually, literally, on fire he won’t be thinking about hooking up. But that’s about it. Whereas girls are very fickle about the business of kissing. Sometimes they want to makeout; sometimes they don’t. They’re an impenetrable fortress of unknowability, really.

okay I know that is a hecking long paragraph but I thought it was funny and noteworthy.

There wasn’t a ton of plot to this book, but I don’t believe that parents would just let their overly protected children just leave on a road trip to who knows where without much convincing. I know at least MY parents wouldn’t and I’m 19, not 16. I just thought that wasn’t super plausible, but that also might be growing up with protective parents.

Another quote I liked was:

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll sit for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.

True, John Green. I see you.

I liked the message of this book that you shouldn’t strive to be remembered for something specific, just live life and people will remember what you did. I really liked that because it’s very true.

I will get forgotten, but the stories will last. And so we all matter–maybe less than a lot, but always more than none.

I think this is my least favorite John Green that I’ve read, but it wasn’t bad. I will still read what he publishes in the future.

I liked the characters of this book, but they’re the same as every single John Green character lol. I feel like they’re all super randomly unique, but they’re all the same… I don’t know if that makes sense, but if you’ve read all of his books you’ll know.

I’m glad I read this, and it’s funny to me that I read two JG books in one month. Turtles was definitely better.

Review: Turtles All the Way Down – John Green


Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

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Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 304

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

5 out of 5 stars


I don’t know why this book took me so long to pick up because I knew that I was going to love it. I had no idea that I was going to love it this much, though!

Turtles All the Way Down follows Aza who is living with OCD and anxiety. The book opens with her sitting at her lunch table with her friends and she is obsessively thinking about the microbiome in her gut and how more than half of her is made up of bacterial cells. She keeps spiraling through questions and answers in her head until she reverts back to her nervous habit; she pokes her thumb fingernail through the callused skin on her middle finger. She removes the band-aid, washes her hands, applies hand sanitizer to the wound, then puts on a new band-aid. All this just to ensure that she won’t get infected and then get a disease.

This is just one example of how Aza is having to live with the mental illness of OCD. She obsesses over thoughts that spiral forever in her mind. She can’t stop thinking, and is constantly in her own head. News gets out about a billionaire who left his family to escape a bad business scam. Aza knows the son of said billionaire, and her best friend Daisy convinces her to let them go and talk to the boy, Davis.

Aza hasn’t talked to Davis since they attended a summer camp back in middle school, so she’s worried about how he will react. She doesn’t want him to think the only reason they’re going to talk to him is because of the money, but she doesn’t know how to make conversation, and she’s anxious about the whole concept. The two girls go, and Aza is reminded of the crush she had on Davis way back when…

Seriously this book was amazing. Anxiety was represented perfectly in this book and I could relate to so many of the scenes in this book. I don’t have OCD, but I know that this is an own voices novel as John Green has OCD, so I’m fairly positive that it was also accurately represented.

Sometimes John Green’s characters can seem a little too quirky, but I found that all the characters were unique, but not unrealistic. I loved the relationships in this book. I really enjoyed Aza and Daisy’s friendship because they were so different. I actually really enjoyed the conflict between them because it brought to light how hard being best friends with someone actually is.

My favorite relationship in this book was between Aza and Davis. The book mainly focused on their relationship, and I appreciated that it felt real. My wonderful mother has told me many times that sometimes the best friendships are only for a certain season in your life and that that is completely acceptable and great. I think that this friendship/relationship between Aza and Davis was perfectly timed for the both of them, but wasn’t destined to last. Aza needed someone in her life and Davis was extremely lonely and needed someone who could listen and understand him. This relationship was for only a season of life, but benefited both of them so much that it’s impossible to be angry at the outcome of the relationship.

SPOILERS:

I loved the ending of this book because it was so beautifully crafted. I loved that Aza and Davis didn’t end up trying to make the relationship work even though he was moving away. I love that they let it end naturally and on great terms. The last two pages made my heart MELT because they were so perfectly written. The fact that he left her the painting that she loved and even though they weren’t together she kept it with her and became a fully functioning adult it was just so cute. The ending was beautiful and I may or may not have read the last two pages a few times :)

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I really loved this book and I think anyone who hasn’t read it really should. The way that John Green portrayed the stream of consciousness was perfect and made you really feel like you were in the mind of Aza. This REALLY makes me want to read all the rest of his books *that I haven’t read.*

I love that the book is called Turtles All the Way Down and that the reason is because Daisy tells Aza the story her mom used to tell her. I like the story of it just being turtles all the way down.

Great book. Highly recommend. I pretty much read it in a day :)

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan


Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Release Date: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 310

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.


4 out of 5 stars

Again with not knowing why I like a book so much, but still loving it! I think it is just John Green’s writing style, because I really enjoyed this book. This is the first thing that I’ve read from David Levithan, and I really enjoy his writing style as well.

There were quite a few moments in this book where I was hoping for things to happen, and being sad when other things happened. I experienced quite a few emotions throughout the course of this book. I loved the aspect of there being two people with very different lives that have the same name and are connected in a really random way. I can honestly say I was not expecting what happened to actually happen.

(will grayson is the emo and somewhat sketchy one.)

(Will Grayson is the one who is best friends with Tiny and Jane.)

Will Grayson and will grayson meet in the unlikely place of a porn store because will was meeting a boy there, and Will was waiting there after getting ditched for a concert. The two are both extremely uncomfortable in this store, and both feel out of place. The cashier says the name Will Grayson, and both of them look (obviously) and become unlikely friends. The story really takes off from here.

Both the Wills have been seen throughout the beginning of the book and their separate stories were told so you knew a little about them, but the whole story just starts making sense and getting put together perfectly when the boys first meet.

The relationships in this book were just so…. real. I felt connected to them in a way that I haven’t felt connected to any characters in quite awhile (other than Lady Midnight because….. duh). will grayson was broken throughout the book, but ended up being less broken in the end. Will Grayson finds a new purpose for life, and it was really nice to see that.

Now. This is definitely not my favorite book that I’ve ever read, but I still really liked it. I highly suggest reading something from John Green. If you haven’t, get out from under that rock that you’re living under, and pick one of his books up!

Review: Looking for Alaska – John Green


Looking for Alaska – John Green

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Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Release Date: December 28, 2006

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 221

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.


 

4 out of 5 stars

I had no idea what I was expecting when I started this, but it wasn’t what I got from it. And I am completely fine with that. I really enjoyed this book because it was unique and something different from what I normally read. I love John Green’s writing style, and it was nice to read something written by him again.

Alaska was a really cool, and very unique to say the least. She was a very interesting character to read about because she had a touch of rebellion and it was nice to read about her pranks. Alaska was a very free spirited person and very mysterious. Miles ends up going to the Culver Creek Boarding School to follow in his father’s footsteps and meets Alaska who becomes his first crush. Miles wanted to find his Great Perhaps, and Alaska helped him towards that.

The cast of characters was really real. I feel like this was more of what college would be like rather than a high school, but what happened to them felt real. Alaska’s mom died, and she felt guilty about it; this made her relatable because she was vulnerable. Miles wanted an adventure, and Alaska and Colonel showed that to him. He finally understood what having friends was like.

I really liked this book, but I don’t really have an exact reason why! I did like the characters and the writing style, but the plot and story weren’t something completely different. I think it’s the fact that the characters were fun to read about. I really liked reading about their pranks, as well. The story progressed, but didn’t go anywhere too crazy. One of my favorite scenes was with the speaker near the end when they were doing Alaska’s prank. I literally laughed out loud whilst reading that part.

I highly recommend this book just to experience it. John Green is great, and I really loved jumping into one of his stories again!

What are your thoughts on this book?

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Review: Paper Towns – John Green


Paper Towns – John Green

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Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Release Date: October 16, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

Source: Bookstore

Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!

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.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Quentin Jacobsen and his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman go to the park one day when they’re ten and find a dead man. They later find out that he killed himself, but still wonder why it was them that found him. Q and Margo stop speaking about it and eventually drift away from each other, but one night Q sees Margo outside his window tapping on the glass. He’s puzzled when he sees her, but he lets her in and she immediately says that she needs his mom’s car. It’s the middle of the night, but he agrees to drive her around because he’s been in love with her since they were ten. First they go to the grocery store and get fish and a hair removal gel kit and he just goes in and doesn’t ask why. He asks where she needs to go, and she tells him she has a couple errands. They drive around in the middle of the night sabotaging things and spray painting letters on houses and cars. The next day he wonders what he’ll say to her, but she doesn’t show up. Huh, weird. Understandable because they were out late, but then she doesn’t come for multiple days in a row. He feels like she has left clues for him so he follows them and finds that she went to a paper town because she was sick of all of the paper people living their paper lives… This was a beautiful book. John Green has a writing style that is so perfect and so unique. This is a book that needs deep thinking to understand. If you’re reading this book to finish, you won’t understand it or like it.

Characters:

Quentin was such a fun character to follow. He was the perfect example of a nerd. His best friends are in band, he’s weak, and he’s smart. He was perfectly flawed. Margo was an interesting character. She was a stereotype popular girl by not socializing with the nerds, but she was so much deeper than just a popular cheerleader. She was beautifully flawed as well.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Quentin because he is a nerd. I love nerds. They are the ones who don’t peak in high school. They will succeed in life because they’re smart, but so under appreciated. Honestly nerds are the best people. Always fall for the nerd.

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Blog Award – Liebster Award!


I am honored to be nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! This is an award where you recognize fellow bloggers and help people discover new blogs. I was nominated by Meglena Ivanova.

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Rules:

  • You must link back to the person who linked you
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and come up with 11 new questions to ask
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
  • You must let the person you nominated know you nominated them

The questions Meglena asked me:

1. What is your biggest goal in life?

My biggest goal is to become a professional ballet dancer in a ballet company. I’ve loved dancing ever since I started when I was 6, and I want to put on performances for people. I want to put on shows that people get dressed up to come and watch. I’ve gone to see one performance of the Nutcracker done by the Moscow Ballet Company, and I have been in two performances of the Nutcracker put on by Ballet Nebraska. I loved every minute of watching and being in it, and I know that’s what I want to do with my life.

2. What’s your dream job?

I kind of answered that one in the question above, but after I’m a dancer I want to be a book editor. I love the reviewing process I’ve come up with for my blog and I would love to be able to get money for what I love. I want to critique works that people have already created and make them better. I would say I want to be an author, and I probably will write something if I get a good idea, but I don’t know if I could come up with original characters with cool names and an interesting plot. I definitely am going to do something with reading after being a dancer though.

3. Would you rather follow your heart or your head?

I would follow my heart. If I believe I could do it, why not try? It’s pointless to not do something because you’re too nervous to attempt it. Following your heart is one of the best things you can do. If you don’t follow your heart you’d be doing something you don’t love. You wouldn’t find your one true love. You wouldn’t live happily ever after. Let’s definitely all follow our hearts. :)

4. If you allowed to do just one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Be a ballerina. This was a tough question because I definitely could not function without books and reading, but I think I would be depressed if I couldn’t dance. I could not deal with not dancing for the rest of my life. I could somehow (maybe not) cope with not reading, but dancing is the answer for this one.

5. What do you think of the expression, “Where there was fire, ashes remain,” ?

Immediately I think of the book We Were Liars – E. Lockhart, but once I really think about it, it means where one thing starts, another is left. You can’t be doing too many things at once, so you have to drop something. Even if it means a lot, there is something that will mean more. I’m not sure I answered this one correctly, but this’ll have to do. :)

6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given, and the best you’ve ever received?

I gave the best gifts I’ve given for Christmas last year. I gave everyone in my family a homemade bowl that I made in pottery. I was really proud of them and everyone really loved them, and the best I’ve ever received… Hmm. I’m going to have to say one of them was a signed copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan. I freaked out a lot and fangirled way too much.

7. What’s an ability or skill you most wish you had, but don’t have already?

Hmm. I would say public speaking. I am terrified by speaking in front of anyone. I freeze up and I can’t think straight. I would love to be able to not think about speaking in front of people and just be able to do it.

8. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to England. I want to live in England for the rest of my life. There are so many old buildings and everything is so green and it rains ALL the time. I love rainy weather because you can wear sweaters, scarves, and boots. I want to live in an old house in some place in England and have walls and walls of bookshelves looking outside to the lush green plantlife.

9. What would you do without electricity for 3 days?

I would have my friends over and we would have a campsite outside. We would stay outside for 3 days and then we wouldn’t go inside and we’d have a campfire and sleep in a tent. I think that would seriously be so much fun.

10. What is your favorite book/author?

I have two all time favorite books. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green and We Were Liars – E. Lockhart. I love both of these books so much and I will never ever forget them. John Green and J. K. Rowling are my favorite authors as well.

11. What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now and if you alone could fix it, how would you do it?

I think the biggest problem in the world right now is probably illegal slavery. I think it is absolutely horrible that people are being kept as property. This supposedly ended years and years ago, but it hasn’t. I have no idea how I could help because really, what person who is keeping people against their will is going to listen to a 14-year old girl? Slim to none. I would love this to be no more, but I don’t know how I could help that.

Thank you Meglena for nominating me of the award! I was so surprised when I saw that you wanted me to do it and had to do it right away! *original post*

I nominate:

  1. The Book Haven
  2. The YA Book Spot
  3. YA Book Queen
  4. The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  5. The YA Book Shelf
  6. The Book Monsters
  7. Forever 17 Books
  8. My Guilty Obsession
  9. Meredith & Jennifer’s Musings
  10. Literary Meanderings
  11. I Love to Read and Review Books

My questions:

  1. When did you start blogging and why?
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. Best book you’ve read this year?
  5. Favorite place to shop…
  6. Other hobbies…
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  8. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  9. What is your favorite social media site and why?
  10. What is your favorite movie?
  11. If you could be any book character, who would you be?

Good luck and have fun!!

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Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart (ARC)


We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Delecorte Press

Format: ARC

Page Number: 225

Source: Random House

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

It takes someone very special to write poetry like that. I just cried when I read that. That is the first book I have ever cried during while reading. I love this book. I love this book so much and it will forever hold a spot in my heart no matter how cheesy that sounds. This book, like John Green said, is utterly unforgettable. I don’t even know what to do with myself. *cue the fangirling* This was a summer love story with three cousins plus an extra. A horrible accident occurs where one liar loses all memory of that summer. You had to think when you read this book. It was not a light read, but it was amazing. I don’t even understand how many metaphors can be packed into one book. This is just as good as The Fault in Our Stars – John Green and that is my all time favorite book…

Characters:

These characters were perfect All of them were so perfectly flawed; I cannot tell you how much I loved all of them. The four liars are Cady, Mirren, Gat, and Johnny. Cady, Mirren, and Johnny are all the perfect Sinclairs, and Gat is the one that turned them all into liars.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Cady Sinclair. Cady doesn’t know what happened after her accident and she spends the summer trying to figure it out. I love Cady and E. Lockhart had me entranced with the story in every way humanly possible. But always remember, Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. #wewereliars

Huge thanks to Random House for sending me this wonderfully enticing book that had almost too many feels to handle. It will seriously hold a spot in me forever.

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I found these pictures on the We Were Liars official Tumblr page and fangirled a lot…

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