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Book Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson Will Grayson book coverWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

What is described as a book about the unlikely event in which two teenage boys both named Will Grayson meet on a Chicago street corner one cold night, ends up being an enchanting read in the hands of the masterful John Green and David Levithan. These powerhouse YA authors create a wonderfully funny, uplifting, and earnest coming-of-age story about friendship, love, and one epic musical. Written in alternating chapters between the Wills, the voices of the characters are distinct but the plot never feels choppy. I don’t expect anything less from these great writers and you shouldn’t either. Read it.

15 Literary Guys That I Wish Were Real

Not in any particular order.
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15 Literary Guys (from books I’ve read) That I Wish Were Real
Persuasion by Jane Austen 1. Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle 2. Derek Stone
Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 3. Hercule Poirot
Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 4. Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Vision in White by Nora Roberts 5. Carter Maguire
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 7. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series &
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8. Sirius Black
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 9. Will Parry
His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
The Start of Me and You 10. Max Watson
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond 11. Jeremy Laidley
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
Emma by Jane Austen 12. George Knightley
Emma by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. Dickon Sowerby
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 14. Dr. John Dolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 15. Tristran Thorn
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Book Review – First Love

First LoveFirst Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

*Warning: this review contains substantial spoilers which were necessary to convey my thoughts.*

This book starts out promisingly with a girl and a guy going on a road trip. It gets a little ridiculous when they steal a motorcycle and then several cars without much consequence but, with a little suspension of disbelief, remains a cute little love story. However, about halfway through the book, you find out that both the main characters have cancer. Wait, what? That’s when you realize that you are reading a flagrant rip-off of “The Fault in Our Stars.” Even the characters are the same. The girl loves reading and meets her favorite author at some point during the trip. The guy is a charismatic goofball who everyone can’t help but love. Mr. Patterson, I’m disappointed. You have a gazillion other books, many of which are successful and original. I don’t think you really needed to try to muscle in on the John Green bandwagon and yet here I am reading your less-than-stellar version of it. Same storyline, none of the emotional depth.

Book Review – Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

From the back of the book: “Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if I loved him once? Even if he was my best friend? Is it okay to hate him for being dead?” Vera Dietz’s best friend, Charlie, died and now he is haunting her. A thousand ghost Charlies show up in her car, in the bathroom and at the pizza place where she works. Vera is damaged and trying to get by without being noticed too much. Beneath good writing and captivating narrative, Ms. King’s novel is about growing up and how to forgive. Her writing is in the same vein as John Green. It feels authentic and her story deals with real issues. I liked the pacing and overall emotional weight of the story. I recommend this to most everyone as a good coming-of-age story and especially John Green fans.

Book Review – Looking for Alaska

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

Review: Even though this is the third John Green novel I’ve read, I’m still amazed at how real his writing feels. It has an integrity to it thatso far as I know, is uniquely his. Emotional without being sappy; profound without being superior. “Looking for Alaska” is no different. The characters were flawed and believable. The story was engaging, sometimes funny and sometimes sad. Mr. Green certainly knows his way around a coming-of-age story. 

BONUS BOOK REVIEW!

Reprint of my review in honor of the movie release this Friday!

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Review: Charming. Painful. Romantic. Real. Heart-wrenching. Smiles. Tears. So. Very. Good.