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review 2018-01-14 03:40
Popular book that's also important look at mental illness; this one surprised me
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

I'm really glad I got around to reading this, and I read as part of a postal book club with some book buddies. I may well have skipped this mega-popular book (I like rebelling like that) unless we had picked it, and I hadn't actually read any John Green before either. It was such a hyped book (what's with the turtles? the spiral on the cover?), that I was immediately suspicious, so I'm happy to say it was so much better than I expected it to be.
Since so many people in the book world HAVE read it, I won't summarize the premise, but I will speak a bit about the topic of mental illness, since that's the core issue at hand within the novel. Because of my own past struggles with mental illness (particularly depression and anxiety, including intrusive thoughts, which the main character Aza has severe issues with), I connected strongly with the story and Aza. I too suffered some loss and struggled with grief. I personally sought out help from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and tried countless medications, all of which was so vivid in my mind when reading, and I remembered my old battles of the past quite well. I wanted to reach out and be the chorus to tell Aza that she would indeed survive this.
Aza was extremely blessed to have fierce love from her mom and her best friend Daisy, and while I appreciate the inner look at the battle against the illness, there are no names put on it, nor many distinct solutions pursued. The extreme societal stigma surrounding mental illness is also not discussed; is this a good or necessary thing? I couldn't decide. Maybe there wasn't a place for it here.
I loved the character Davis, and I loved the connections in this book. Overall, I'm happy I read this and loved the look at Aza's struggle and the bravery it takes to write about this topic, but the message is that there is hope, and that there is help. I have TOO much to say about this stuff so I'll shut up about it now!
PS. I'm glad no turtles were harmed in the writing of this novel.

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review 2017-12-01 20:44
Turtles all the Way Down Book Review
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

The more I read John Green books I become increasingly unimpressed with his writing style. And I know that is a very big unpopular opinion. I just feel like not a lot happens in hist stories. This one is a good example of that. I would have liked more focus on mental health issues that the main character and less about weird Star Wars fanfiction and billionaire boyfriends. All of that felt very memorable. 

 

I did find it to be a quick read. I just didn't enjoy the overall plot - similar to Papertowns. I tend to read Green books just because everyone else does but I don't know that they are something I'll be excited about in the future. 

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review 2017-11-30 16:00
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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

"the fault in our stars" is a book written by John Green in 2012, eventually releasing as a film in 2014. main characters include, Shailene Woodley, acting as Hazel Grace Lancaster,

Ansel Elgort, acting as Augustus Waters. this story was narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl, who suffered from cancer. she was forced to attend a support group where she met lots of new people, especially Augustus Waters, she eventually fell in love with Augustus Waters. they agreed to read each other's favorite novels, "An Imperial Affection" from Hazel Grace, and "The Price of Dawn" from Augustus Waters. after a few weeks, Augustus Waters confessed that his cancer had returned and they affirmed their love and support for each other. upon returning from Indianapolis, Augustus Waters' health deteriorated and he landed in the ICU for a few days. fearing his death, he invites Hazel Grace and Issac, a boy who had eye cancer, who they met at the support group, to his pre-funeral, where they gave their eulogies to him. unfortunately, Augustus Waters died soon after, which left Hazel Grace heartbroken. eventually, she learns that Augustus Waters was writing a sequel to "An Imperial Affection". Hazel Grace read his words, "getting hurt in this world is inevitable, but we do get to choose whom we allow to hurt us, i am happy with my choice, and i hope you're happy with your choice". the story ends with Hazel Grace stating that she is happy with her choice 

 

my favorite character is Hazel Grace Lancaster because she was brave with her choices and dared to seek a relationship despite being different from others. this explains that she had the power to reject the negative point of herself and shows that she is very persistent with her choices, despite people thinking of her being an outcast. 

 

this book relates to people with illnesses, they fought their lives for the happiness, laughter, and most importantly love. it inspires people to be brave with choices and embrace the lives they were given without being ashamed of who they are, what they have and what they mean to others. the society thinks that whoever is different is really different from themselves, think again, was it their choice to be that way? they're just different from us physically , but that doesn't mean they're different from the bottom of their hearts.

 

i'll end off with a quote from John Green,

"just remember that sometimes, the way you think of a person isn't the way they actually are."

 

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review 2017-11-26 18:38
Aza und die Gedankenspirale
Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken - John Green,Sophie Zeitz

Wie viele Teenager besucht Aza Holmes eine Highschool in Indianapolis. Doch die 16-Jährige ist anders. Sie leidet unter einer Angststörung, zum Beispiel einer Phobie vor Körperflüssigkeiten, und an Zwängen. Sie verbinden sich zu einem Gedankenstrudel, der die Halbwaise beschäftigt. Sie möchte sich deshalb zunächst nicht an der Suche nach dem verschwundenen Milliardär Russell Pickett, dem Vater ihres Bekannten Davis, beteiligen. Dieser ist vor einer bevorstehenden Hausdurchsuchung wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. 100.000 Dollar winken als Belohnung für Hinweise. Deshalb überredet ihre beste Freundin Daisy Ramirez sie, das Geheimnis um Pickett aufzuklären. Für Aza beginnt somit ein Abenteuer. Dabei merkt sie, dass es auch eine Reise zu sich selbst ist, nämlich in die Gedankenspirale, der sie entkommen will.

Mit „Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken“ ist John Green wieder ein wundervoller Jugendroman gelungen.

Meine Meinung:
Erzählt wird die Geschichte in der Ich-Perspektive in 24 Kapiteln, die eine angenehme Länge haben. Der Erzählstil ist wieder einmal typisch für den Autor. Sprachlich konnte mich der Roman absolut begeistern. Viele tiefsinnige und zum Teil auch poetische Formulierungen sind darin zu finden.

Aza ist ein ungewöhnlicher, aber sehr reizvoller Charakter. Das Verhalten eines Menschen mit psychischer Krankheit wird sehr authentisch beschrieben. Man kann gut in ihre Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt eintauchen. Für Außenstehenden ist das Verhalten der Hauptprotagonistin schwer zugänglich. Doch der Autor hat es sehr gut geschafft zu vermitteln, wie sich das Leben mit Ängsten und Zwängen gestaltet. Das fand ich sehr berührend und hat mich zum Nachdenken gebracht. Und obwohl Aza durch ihre Krankheit ein schwieriger Mensch ist, wurde sie mir sehr sympathisch.

Die Handlung ist nicht so spannend, wie es zunächst klingt. Dennoch habe ich mich nicht gelangweilt und habe das Buch nur ungern zur Seite gelegt. Das liegt auch daran, dass neben Azas Erkrankung weitere Themen wie Freundschaft und Liebe eine Rolle spielen. Traurige Passagen wechselten sie mit solchen ab, bei denen ich schmunzeln musste. An einigen Stellen wird es auch philosophisch. Diese Kombination habe ich als sehr unterhaltsam und bewegend empfunden.

Die limitierte deutsche Erstauflage ist nach meiner Ansicht von der Gestaltung sehr gelungen. Wenn auch inhaltlich passend, finde ich den deutschen Titel allerdings etwas sperrig.

Mein Fazit:
John Green hat mit „Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken“ einen Roman geschrieben, der auch für Erwachsene eine berührende Lektüre ist. Mich konnte Azas Geschichte begeistern. Ich kann das Buch definitiv empfehlen.

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review 2017-11-15 04:24
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
Let it Snow - Lauren Myracle,John Green,Maureen Johnson

"The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 3/5 Stars
I liked the story, thought it was cute-ish, but did not like how the main character stereotyped cheerleaders. It was another one of those "I'm not like those girls" type of thing. I really hate when people do that. Just because someone is pretty, wears make up and likes to be perky and do cheers, doesn't make them a bad person or make them less than you. That goes for any person/group who is different from you. Don't be so quick to judge. It was also annoying how the author basically said all cheerleaders are named Amber and Madison. Of course, I know nothing about cheerleaders, so...

I was really cringing throughout the story, because I was expecting her to cheat on her boyfriend; the story just gave that vibe.

Luckily there was no cheating

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I liked Stuart as a character. He seemed genuinely like a good person.

The whole thing with the Christmas village was different.

I like the writing style and think it would be fun to expand it to a full length novel and really expand on the character developments, and have it not be so instalove.

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"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 1/5 stars.
Did John Green really write this? It was horrible and gross. Are boys really like that about cheerleaders? Anyways, it just made me feel a little disgusted how the girls are being treated/are viewed because they happen to be cheerleaders. Also saying "that's so gay"... ugh, and it was used more than once. I also did not appreciate the dig at Lindsay Lohan. Sure the likelihood, Lindsay will ever read this is slim, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. She's still a person and the story basically called her a slut. "Legs always open." So John Green lost a little of my respect.

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"The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 2.5/5 stars.
The main character was really painful to read. I mean, I guess she learned her lesson in the end, at least I hope so. I didn't really care much for it, but I did like the ending somewhat with everyone coming together.

 

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Other John Green books:

The Fault in Our Stars: (4/5 stars)

 

Other Maureen Johnson books:

13 Little Blue Envelopes: (3.5/5 stars)

The Last Little Blue Envelope: (3.5/5 stars)

The Bermudez Triangle: (1/5 stars)

 

Other Lauren Myracle books:

Kissing Kate (3/5 stars)

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