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text 2018-04-21 22:21
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Generation - J.J. Green
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text 2018-04-14 22:06
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Generation - J.J. Green
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review 2018-04-13 17:01
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green,David Levithan

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't like it as much as some of the other John Green books I have read, but it was still a good read.

Interesting concept for a story. I really enjoyed the characters. I'll admit it took me a while to warm up to Will Grayson (the depressed one), probably because he hit a little too close to home with my own depression and self-loathing. He was still a good character, but he's not always palatable. I will mostly reference this Will Grayson throughout my review, because he's the one I most identify with, and I'll refer to him as The Depressed Will Grayson, because that is the aspect I most identify with in his character. 

I think there are a lot of great, relatable lessons in this book. Whether you are figuring out your sexuality or not, there is so much other stuff going on in this book (friendship, honesty, love, self-worth) that everyone can take something away form it.

I also liked the various representations of gay characters. Not every gay character is "gay" in the way that Tiny Cooper is gay. They aren't just stereotypes of gay people, the characters live and breath like real people. Will Grayson (the depressed one) is so different from Tiny Cooper or Gary. Each is their own person outside of their gay identity. 

Also, oh my goodness, it is impossible to not fall in love with Tiny Cooper. Even when he's being kind of a self-centered jerk, you still love him. No wonder Will Grayson (the non-depressed one) gets sucked into his orbit. 

There are some "jokes" that were made it poor taste, in my opinion, such as those regarding school shootings and self harm. But overall, the book was good.

I enjoyed the audiobook version of having two different narrators, one for each Will Grayson. It was a little difficult to remember which Will Grayson was narrating between listenings (especially once their paths crossed), but the different voices helped. 

Overall, a good read. I enjoyed it. 

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text 2018-04-10 16:16
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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Hello, My name is Olivia Kadylak and I am in 8th grade. My favorite genres to read are fantasy and realistic fiction. My favorite books are all of the ones in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. My favorite time to read is at night and when I am at the beach on vacation. The book I am reading for the book project we are doing in school right now is The Fault In Our Stars by John Greene.

  

   I haven't started The Fault In Our Stars yet, but I plan on starting it tonight. Lexi recommended this book to me saying that it was really good and that she liked the author's writing style. Not only did I choose to read the book because of that, but I also wanted to read it because it has real world events and I think it is important to read books like these because they remind us all that there won't always be a happy ending to things. By reading books like these, we will all understand there is more than just made up situations from the imagination inside of a book. I think it will be interesting to read about characters who struggle with huge issues nd plots that are different from those in other books. John Greene is known for writing about more mature subjects and I thin that a lot of times people think that is unnecessary, but it can actually be very beneficial to learn bout these things. From what I have heard, the main character has lung cancer which is a very serious subject to deal with. By reading books like these, you can spread awareness about these situations. Overall this looks like a very great book! I can't wait to start reading The Fault In Our Stars tonight! 

 

 

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text 2018-04-10 16:14
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Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

When I was little, I was very different. I didn't believe in Santa clause, leave a tooth under my pillow for the tooth fairy, and I definitely didn't believe in happy-ever-after's. My mom didn't raise me in a cushioned life where true love's kiss was the answer to everything. No Alexus, you're not going to be a princess. No, a man will not sweep you off your feet and pamper you for the rest of your life. You need to work, and sometimes life will kick you around. I grew up believing in nothing that didn't have had tangible evidence of existing other than my religion, and even with that I was real skeptical. To this day, I still don't really like watching movies or reading about ridiculously sugar-coated love stories. I like reading about books that may not have a happy ending, because not every ending in the real world is ideal. 

     This, dear reader, is why I chose to do my most recent book project on John Green. I love that he understands life isn't always in your favor. He understands that sometimes life will tease you with happiness and rip it away.

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For example, in The Fault in Our Stars, it seems like an unbelievable love story, and most other writers would continue that idea and end it with Hazel being cured so they can spend their lives together until they grow old. Instead, not only did he end the love story, but he did it in the most unexpected way.

      I'm fourteen years old, and as I grow older I watch my friends who were raised in that cushioned world have to face problems their parents shielded them from, so the damages are much harder to receive. I'm so happy my mom sort of crushed m dreams before the world could, as sad as that sounds. Authors like John green however, expose these heartbreaks through literature. I am now reading his newest book Turtles All the Way Down because my amazing best friend got me a signed copy as a gift, and I can already tell this will be yet another great book. 

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