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Book Review: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle

December 29, 2011

Book Review: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren MyracleLet It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
Published by Puffin on 11th September 2008
Pages: 352
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Goodreads
four-stars
Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses
I’d been meaning to pick up a copy of this book for a while, and whilst I was in America, I was lucky enough to snag a copy for under 4 dollars, which I considered to be quite the bargain. I thought this would make a perfect read for the holiday season, and I was not wrong at all.

What worked for me: I loved the fact that this book introduced me to two new authors: Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I have Johnson’s ‘The Name of the Star’ waiting to be read, and reading her story made me very excited to do so. I loved her characters and the plot of her story. I also liked how she managed to put in subtle hints towards the other characters from the other stories in her own, like Jeb. This really aided in the book’s continuity and made all the stories great to read. Green’s story was packed full of humour, something which I have come to expect in his writing. Although the concept of the story was familiar, I still loved the plot and the way it ended. Unfortunately, I found Myracle’s the weakest of the three, but that didn’t stop me from still enjoying it. I also liked her neat way of tying all the stories together, even if it did veer on the side of very clichéd.

What didn’t work for me: I found the main character in Myracle’s story, Addie, rather annoying. I know that was the point of the story, and if she hadn’t of been so self-absorbed the story wouldn’t have happened, but I still found her annoying to deal with. I think this was probably what weakened my enjoyment of Myracle’s story.

Overall, I found this to be a really, really enjoyable book to curl up with during the festive holiday period. It certainly got me in the mood for Christmas!

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

December 21, 2011

Book Review: Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns by John Green
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on 3rd May 2010
Pages: 305
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Goodreads
five-stars
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
I love John Green. I read Looking for Alaska nearly 2 years ago, and absolutely adored it. Then I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and adored it. And my friend Ruth, who is easily as big a John Green fan as I am, badgered me into picking up Paper Towns and reading it. I lost my copy, by accident, in our kitchen and then rediscovered it and took it away on holiday with me. And I sat, on a rainy day in Clearwater and read.
Allow me to say one thing, and one thing only: John Green is my contemporary king.
What worked for me: Everything. The writing style, the characters, the plot. I adored every single thing about this book. Everything just worked for me. Paper Towns was considerably funnier than Looking For Alaska, although the concept was incredibly similar. I can see why people draw similarities between Q and Miles and Margo and Alaska, their characters were similar, yet entirely different at the same time. The inclusion of the ‘clues’ that Margo had left for Q were excellent and very subtle. And the scenes with Ben, Radar, Lacey and Q in the minivan on their way to New York made me laugh out loud as I sat in the departure lounge waiting for my flight.
What didn’t work for me: Nothing. There wasn’t a single aspect of this book that I didn’t enjoy. Apart from the fact that the book ended.
This was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I’m so excited for Green’s next book, The Fault in our Stars to come out next month!

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

October 31, 2011

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David LevithanWill Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan, John Green
Published by Speak on 6th April 2010
Pages: 304
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Goodreads
five-stars
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.
Allow me to start this off by saying that I am a huge John Green fan. I’ve read Looking for Alaska so many times, I absolutely adore the story, and his writing is absolutely fantastic. I wanted to read something else by him, and seeing as I’ve misplaced my copy of Paper Towns, I picked this up instead, and began reading.

The story alternates between the two Will Graysons. The first, Green’s Grayson, I found extremely likeable right from the off. I mean, he wrote a letter (and signed it) to the school newspaper defending his friend’s right to be huge, gay and a member of the football team. The writing style of this first chapter was so easy to get into. Not only are we introduced to Will Grayson, but we’re introduced to Tiny Cooper and Jane. All these characters seem so likeable. They seem like they’d be the people I’d hang out with if I went to Evanston.

Then Levithan’s Grayson was introduced, and I disliked him. Intensely. I could kind of understand why he acted the way he did, but I found it so hard to connect with him. I found myself desperately wanting to finish his chapters, but looking back on the book now, his chapters are important to the story, and at the end, if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have had the ending that we got.

Normally I’m not that fussed about secondary characters. I can take them or leave them. Not Tiny Cooper. He literally stole every single scene he was in. I want there to be an actual musical made of his life. I want to have Tiny Cooper in my life. Because he was that amazing. I adored him. I adored how he fell in and out of love more times than he changed his socks. He was such a central character to this book, and, dare I say it, if he hadn’t have been in the book, this book would not have been as wonderful as it was. Really.

I adored this book, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more books by Green and Levithan.