Monday, 3 March 2014

Books! John Green's The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska

Hey ladies!

This post is slightly different than usual.. i'm talking books! Over the last year or so, I have been reading more and more, and my recent love is John Green. I fell in love with his writing style after reading The Fault in our Stars, and quickly snapped up another book by him as soon as I finished it, named Looking for Alaska. I'll try and include the least amount of spoilers in this post as I can!




The Fault in our Stars;

I will firstly admit I was hesitant about reading this book. I thought it was just a book about some kids with Cancer and how they dealt with it - which it is, to an extent, but it is so much more than that. Then it still took me a while to read it, this was mainly due to all the hype that was surrounding the book - I'm never one to give in to the hype. But eventually I read it after my curiosity got the best of me when I needed a new book to start, so I popped off to Waterstones after work and picked up this for £7.99 (it is however, in the buy one get one half price offers - alongside the rest of John Green's books)

John Green is a fantastic writer, he will make you laugh and cry in abundance, he has such a fantastic writing style, that it will draw you in and take hold of your heart. At first when you start reading this, you are introduced to Hazel Grace Lancaster, she has cancer and right in that moment, you think you know the ending. She's going to die and everyone around her who she has touched is going to be an emotional wreck.

Nope.

This book has such a wonderful, and devesating turn of events that no-one is expecting. It will catch you off guard and make you feel so many emotions, as it takes you on a rollercoaster of events - from a last minute trip to Amsterdam, to hospitals with health scares. 

What I especially like about this book, is the blank pages at the end. Why are they there? For you to realize you can create the ending, what do you think happened to the characters after the last page of the book? It such a unique way to finish a novel, and that's what John Green is about - he is a unique, but brilliant writer.

The Fault in our Stars, is also being made into a movie later in the year (June), which I can't wait to see either, as the trailer looks amazing. 


Looking for Alaska:

I will say now, I haven't finished this book yet so I can't give you a full review. But if you have read The Fault in our Stars, you will adore this book too. It contains the humour, the tears and all the emotions that TFIOS contains and more. This book is slightly different than normal though - it doesn't contain chapters. Instead, the book revolves around a major event, that changes everything. Each "chapter" is titled by how many days before the event it is set, and then after, each "chapter" is titled, how many days after the event is set. And each "chapter" doesn't start on a new page, just simple a new paragraph and can last for several pages or just one, single paragraph. It made it really a unique experience to read this book, I definitely liked this aspect.

The story is set around Miles (Pudge) as he moves to boarding school and meets, Chip (aka The Captain), and the every intriguing Alaska Young - it takes you on a journey of love and mischief, and heartbreak as they go through their year at boarding school. The twist in the middle is the event the book is revolved around, and it springs out of nowhere and breaks your heart. 

I highly recommend reading both of these books if you can, you won't regret it.

Have you read any John Green books, if so what's your favourite?




2 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars! And I can't wait for the movie! That was the only John Green book I read but I'm interested in reading more from him.
    Also, if it's not too much to ask, would you mind checking out my blog? I just started it :)

    -Abby
    www.thesightofmylife.blogspot.com

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    1. I can't wait for the film! If you liked TFIOS - I highly recommend Looking For Alaska! It's so good and has such a good twist x

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