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

 

"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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review 2017-11-12 14:47
"Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken": Feinfühliger Roman über eine Jugendliche mit Angststörungen
Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken - John ... Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken - John Green,Sophie Zeitz

Wie fühlt es sich an, seine Gedanken und Ängste nicht unter Kontrolle zu haben? John Green gelingt mit „Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken“ ein sensibles Portrait eines Teenagers mit Zwangsstörungen. Azas Gedankenspiralen lassen sich sehr gut nachvollziehen.

 

Das im Klappentext angeteaserte Verschwinden eines Milliardärs stellt allerdings nur die Rahmenhandlung dar und spielt eine untergeordnete Rolle. Im Mittelpunkt steht Aza, die durch ihre Angststörungen kein normales Leben führen kann. Doch nicht nur ihre eigenen Erfahrungen prägen das Buch, sondern auch die Auswirkungen der psychischen Krankheit auf Azas Umfeld – auf ihre Mutter, ihre beste Freundin und ihr Freund. Da die Angehörigen Betroffener oft in den Hintergrund rücken und deren Schwierigkeiten meist eine untergeordnete Rolle spielen, haben mir die unterschiedlichen Perspektiven auf Azas Problem gut gefallen.

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review 2017-11-04 22:35
Turtles All The Way Down
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
I really enjoyed this novel. I had a few questions in the back of my mind while I was reading it, questions I felt were important and would definitely have a significant impact on whether this novel worked for me or not but I didn’t get hung up on them while I was reading. Then it occurred, the fantastic winding up of the novel. The two main characters finally gave me what I had been looking for. Grinning from ear-to-ear, this lively ending was beautiful, it was exactly what I needed.
 
The novel centers around Aza and her best friend Daisy. Daisy has a major crush on Mychal. When Daisy finally lands a date with Mychal, it includes Aza. Aza doesn’t want to date. Aza has strong anxiety issues that she is trying to control. I loved how the author showed us how Aza is drowning in her anxiety. I could feel the anger, her frustration, and the struggle within herself as the anxiety comes creeping in. Calling upon Davis to accompany her on her date with Daisy and Mychal, this puts into motion a relationship that Aza doesn’t want but one that Davis begins to enjoy. And then there is Noah, oh Noah….. Davis is a complicated boy and Aza doesn’t need complications right now but she just might need Davis in her life.
 
There were many fun and entertaining references in this novel. I enjoyed the references to Star Wars, it was just too bad that it took Aza a long time to realize what was occurring. Mychal sure had talent and he still abides by his curfew. Davis’ quotes. These were fun and shed a lot of light on the situation and Davis’ thoughts and feelings. My heart went out to Aza as she dealt with her illness. It felt so painful and then when she tried to save herself from the bacteria that entered her system from being kissed, my heart sank. Anxiety is real and I was glad someone gave it the attention it deserves. A wonderful novel and one that I highly recommend.

 

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text 2017-11-02 15:08
Reading progress update: I've listened 270 out of 432 minutes.
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

I started out really enjoying this book, but since it stopped focusing on the fugitive and turned into a love story, I stopped being so invested in it. Plus, I'm not really connecting with the protagonist, either. The best part is Aza's best friend, Daisey, who's hilarious. If only the book was all her show! Anyway, since I read a book set in Northern Ireland from the perspective of a little boy immersed in the Troubles (The Good Son by Paul McVeigh), I've been in complete book hangover mode. Nothing, literally nothing, compares!! And yes, I'm now singing the song by Sinead O'Connor in my head! Nothing compares, nothing compares, too you..

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text 2017-10-30 20:07
Reading progress update: I've listened 85 out of 432 minutes.
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

I have so much brain fog at the minute that I need light reads and I love John Green, so when I heard he had a new book out, well. It's about a teenage girl, Aza, who has an anxiety disorder (a bit like me) and she's also tracking a fugitive. I wasn't sure about the audio version at first, but I've gotten so sucked in by the story that it's not a concern anymore.

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