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Pointe Taken Newsletter (2)


Woo on being a somewhat (not really) consistent blogger! This week has been absolutely crazy. So busy all the time. Running from one place to another, but I have to admit that I do really love it. Dance has been going really well. I just got new pointe shoes and now I can actually turn on them. When pointe shoes get used a lot they get what dancers call, dead. They don’t have a flat toe anymore and balancing gets really difficult. My arches looked beautiful with my old shoes, but now I can turn and do barre and across the floor stuff so that’s really exciting. Still reading the same books I was last week. Whoops.

I have one chapter left in Lord of the Flies, but I don’t like it so totally don’t want to finish it. I am about 60 pages into Watership Down, and at almost the exact same spot in A Discovery of Witches. Yeah. Go reading slumps.

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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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Review: Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman


Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman

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Title: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 400

Source: Bookstore

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Allyson isn’t the adventurous type of girl at all, She has always planned everything, and her Europe trip after graduation wasn’t any different. Her parents gift her a trip with an organized education group. She goes with her best friend, and she follows all the rules and doesn’t go to the pubs with the rest of the group. The group is in line for Hamlet when some actors and actresses come up to them with flyers for the play they’re performing. The two friends ditch the long line and follow the directions to an outdoor clearing. The group stars performing, but this is a different kind of performance. The actors are running around and acting instead of staying in one spot. Allyson and her best friend are clapping after they’re done performing and one of the actors flips a coin around his knuckles then sends it flying toward Allyson. She catches it then claps even more. Allyuson and her friend go back to the hotel and fall asleep so they can get up for their train ride back to London when the actor from the performance comes up to them. The man who comes up to the pair is named Willem. Allyson recognizes him as the man who threw the coin at her during the performance. “Will you go to Paris with me?” Willem asks Allyson. She doesn’t know what to do… I mean what’s just one day? This story was a little far fetched, though.

Characters:

I liked Allyson. I mean she was a perfectly nice character, but what nineteen year old girl just goes to Paris with a complete stranger. There were some character flaws with that. She was a little too trusting with strangers. I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m pretty sure that no matter how charming you are, locals will not be that nice and they won’t take you to tulip farms at 5:30 in the morning. Willem was perfect for that one day though :)

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Allyson because she got to go to Europe. I want to live in Europe more than anything. I live in a small town in the midwest United States. I want to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to be Europe. I will go to Europe and live there. It’s going to happen.

Series:

Just One Year (Just One Day #2)

Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5)

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