Category Archives: Book Reviews
Author: John Green
Quick Synopsis: From the book jacket…
“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.”
From the moment that Gus said “Goddamn, aren’t you something else,” I fell in love with him. Many reviewers are complaining that both Hazel and Gus are too smart for their age, but I disagree. They have both had a lot of time to philosophize about life and death. While I have never personally experienced terminal illness firsthand,I think the dialogue is perfect. These are teenagers who were forced to grow up faster than anybody should ever have to. Even Gus’s whole cigarette theory made sense to me. I took it as him saying that just because he has the cigarette (or cancer), it doesn’t have the power to kill him.
I broke down when Hazel found Gus at the gas station. I appreciate that the end of his life wasn’t glorified. In this way, the novel was very believable.
I LOVED the dialogue between Hazel and Gus. Their conversations made me feel like I was watching a warped version of Gilmore Girls.
The ending was perfect for this novel. We know that Hazel is going to die soon, but we don’t need to explicitly experience it. It actually warms my heart to think that they are soon going to be together in Heaven. I know that this is a work of fiction, but it felt so real while I was reading it.
I was fortunate to find a SIGNED COPY of this book last night at Barnes & Noble. I picked it up faster than you can say “Okay.” In my haze of excitement, I walked/ran to the lady at the counter and asked her if it was legitimate. When she said it was, I bought it right there on the spot. Now I have two copies: one to keep forever, and one to lend to everybody.
*Book 1/7 for the Classics Reading Challenge!!
I’m going to be perfectly honest here-if I didn’t have to read Frankenstein for class, I never would have picked it up. Having said this, I did enjoy it…to a certain extent.
Author: Mary Shelley
Quick Synopsis: The novel begins with four letters written by Robert Walton to his sister. He is on a ship in the Arctic when his boat picks up a man who is on the brink of death. This stranger happens to be Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who proceeds to tell his tragic story to his new friend, Mr. Walton. Without spoiling anything for you, he tells us about how his life has led him to create “the creature.” We then meet the monster, who tells his story to Dr. Frankenstein. After completing his story, he makes a very specific request of his creator, and we return to Frankenstein’s perspective as we learn the outcome of his tragedy.
Opinion: I felt like there were several slow sections in this book. However, I like the build-up in tension as we “hear” the story along with Robert Walton. While not every single minute detail was absolutely necessary, it did help to set the tone of this gothic novel. I felt like I was living with the Frankenstein family as Victor grew up, or sitting beside “the creature” in his little hovel.
For some reason, I have been aggravated by several characters in the last couple of books that I have read. This time, my frustration was directed toward…drumroll please…Dr. Victor Frankenstein. I felt little to no sympathy for everything that occurred after he brought his creation to life. His utter disgust and subsequent shunning of his life-form was infuriating! I feel like if he had just shown even an ounce of love for “the creature,” things wouldn’t have gone down like they did. I understand that there wouldn’t have been a story if this had happened, but did Ms. Shelley really have to make the protagonist so naive???
Overall, this novel was just okay for me. I’m not a huge fan of gothic literature; I don’t like overly moody characters and dreary atmospheres. I plan on blogging about this book one more time after my class holds a seminar (next week?) because it will be interesting to hear my classmates’ opinions. Maybe I will hear something that will change my opinion, or somebody will bring up a point that I never considered on my own.
I picked this book up at a local used bookstore and decided to give it a try. I am nearly 100 pages in, and am LOVING every second of it! I will post an “official review” when I finish. This will be the fourth book that I have read since the beginning of 2012! However, this is the first book of the year that I am reading of my own free will; the first three were for school. While they were good, I associate those books with school, so I won’t be blogging about them. I hope your weekend is as relaxing as mine!