Book Review – ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green

Looking For Alaska is a young adult novel by the highly acclaimed, John Green. This book follows a teenage boy dubbed “Pudge” (which is ironic because he is actually quite skinny) who moves to a new boarding school. There he meets Alaska Young, a vivacious and bustling girl who instantly captures his attention. Looking For Alaska tackles the issues of young love, self hatred and family. The novel is an extremely real book that makes me feel such raw and real emotions.

When I read this book (although it didn’t take me too long because I refused to put it down) I absolutely loved every single minute of it. I laughed, I cried and I spent the whole time thinking about how much of a genius John Green is. I have no idea how he knows exactly what a teenager wants to read when majority of us have no idea ourselves. Looking For Alaska is one of those books that make you feel as if you are living out the story with the characters.

I think that Looking For Alaska is John’s main book that brings up some issues that are really affecting teenagers today. Alaska suffers through depression and works through the issues of her mother’s death and stress of drinking and smoking. It shows the harder side to growing up that not many kids have to go through. I personally felt like my life paled ( in how hard it is) compared to Alaska that seriously brought me to question myself every time I complain about the little things.

The twist in the plot that I didn’t  see coming, brought me to literal tears and still makes me feel extremely upset every time I think about it. Looking For Alaska is appropriate for people thirteen or older. The reason for this is it isn’t quite appropriate for younger kids because it has a lot of smoking, drugs, alcohol and other inappropriate things. I would most definitely suggest that everyone read Looking For Alaska.

Ash xxx

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Looking for Alaska by John Green is his first novel and a wonderful, if not controversial, piece of young adult literature. The story is set in a boarding school in Alabama and is based around a first year student, Miles Halter (better known as Pudge). Pudge’s room mate Colonel, a short but well-built strategic prankster, form an instant friendship and Colonel introduces Pudge to the ‘real’ life of boarding school. Alaska, a moody, enigmatic teenager forms an integral part of their lives, with Pudge becoming obsessed and eventually falling in love with her. The friendship group are serial pranksters, continually trying to out do each other, while competing against the ‘rich’ kids at school, always trying to prove their worth.

When one of the friendship group falls victim to a tragic accident late one evening after heavily drinking, the group are left to find out what actually happened. The story reveals that the private lives of those closest to you may not be as they seem.  Childhood tragedies affect people in ways those untouched could never understand and often never see the victims cries for help.

A beautifully written novel, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader deeply involved. The ideal audience is ‘young adult’, however, the content includes drinking, smoking and sexual material, which should be monitored by parents. I found the book a little predictable for my age group but an easy, light read.

Check out another John Green novel Ashlea and I have reviewed ‘The Fault in our Stars’.

cheers natalie

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Movie Review – The Fault in our Stars

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The Fault In Our Stars movie was absolutely amazing. It may have been the most heartbreaking movie I have ever seen but that didn’t make me love it less than I thought I would, in fact, I think it made me love it more. The movie was such a close adaptation from the best selling book that it was bound to be a hit amongst everyone. Even though the book was a great read, I was a bit dubious over how well it would work as a movie. I was worried over nothing though since the movie was perfect.

I don’t think I could have asked for anything else for the film. The acting was superb. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did such a fantastic job at bringing Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters to life. All throughout the movie, I couldn’t fault the acting once. As well as Shailene and Ansel, the entire cast brought the book to life so spectacularly. Whoever did the casting of the film was so in touch with the characters and their personalities, just like the author John Green.

My favourite part of the entire movie was the ending. My least favourite part of the movie was the ending. This was the saddest yet perfect ending I have ever watched. It was so beautiful and true to the book. I don’t think I have ever cried so much, like ever. I think that this movie is appropriate for most people. I would avoid taking young kids though because the cancer is very realistic and full on all throughout the movie.

If you are looking for a good cry then this is most definitely a movie for you to see. I would suggest that if you are planning to read the book, that you do so before you see the movie because it is so close to the book that it would spoil it for you. The movie is going to be a massive hit so I would suggest seeing it. I’ve already seen it twice and I’m seeing it again soon and I don’t think I will ever tire of it.

💕ash

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The fault in our starts by John Green was an emotionally exhausting movie. It pulled at my heart strings from the opening scene, making me fall in love with the characters, joining in their emotional journey. It is one of those movies where you leave feeling drained, maybe a little flat but very thankful for everything you have in your life.

16-year-old Hazel and 18-year-old Augustus meet in a cancer support group. At the time of their meeting, Hazel’s cancer is active while Augustus is in remission. They form a friendship which quickly turns into a beautiful first time love affair, sharing in their quirky sense of humour, especially about the cancer cards they have been dealt. The story has them travel to Amsterdam and this is where their unforgettable love is concreted and damaged at the same time.

When I read the book, I cried from a 16 yr old perspective who was dying from cancer. Already an emotional topic. However, the movie enable me to feel the mother’s perspective in such an over powering way. While I cried for Hazel and Augustus, I also cried for their parents, which basically meant I cried throughout the movie, leaving the cinema without a tissue left in the packet.

As sad as this movie is, the story line in divine and the characters feel like a part of the family. I have never been to a movie where people were sobbing, not just crying, but sobbing (including Ashlea and her gorgeous girlfriend Tilly). Definitely worth seeing as long as you are ready to cry and to leave the cinema emotionally wreck.

cheers natalie

The Fault in our Stars – BOOK REVIEW

Ashlea and I reviewed this book 6 months ago. As the movie is released this week, enjoy our review once again….

The Fault In Our Stars. I don’t even know where to begin to explain how much I loved this novel. John Green, the author, really touched my heart, even made me cry with his book, something I rarely ever do. John has a way with words that can only be expressed as inspirational. He writes in a language where you really feel what the characters are feeling.

In this story, we follow Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters as they battle through cancer and young love. As an avid reader I would recommend the book to absolutely anyone. However, the themes and ideas of this book really limit me as to who I can tell about it. Although it is in the genre Young Adult Literature, I think that most adults would simply adore this novel.

The ideas in the book are a bit mature for younger readers but for people around my age {14} and above I think it is absolutely perfect. Despite my maturity and great ability to read heavy content, I still found The Fault In Our Stars a sad yet uplifting book.

As confusing as that sounds I felt both happy and sad after reading the book. I felt sad about all that had happened in between the covers but then, when it had finished, I felt oddly fulfilled and slightly happy that it had happened. It made me realise how precious life is and to live every moment to the full.

It is impossible to read The Fault In Our Stars and not come away with a new outlook on life and the people around you. I think that it is a marvellous book written brilliantly. John Green is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read more of his work.

Ashlea xxx

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I had never heard of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ until Ashlea told me she had read a book and cried. Ashlea is fairly level headed and crying over literature is not something she does very often. When we discussed doing a book review for the blog, very excitedly Ashlea insisted it be on ‘The Fault in our Stars’.

The book was wonderful. It is an easy read , simple language but with serious and sometimes emotionally challenging themes. The two main characters Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are both battling different forms of cancer. The novel encapsulates their journey beautifully, staying as true to life with all the ups and downs everyday teenagers experience. It was easy to become emotionally invested in the main characters, finding it difficult at times to put the book down.

Hazel Grace has lung cancer and has spent her teenage years in and out of hospitals, eventually being home schooled. There were moments in the novel I could hear her struggling for breath, desperate to live a normal life even though there is a fault in her stars. Augustus (Gus) I fell in love with. He was divine, making me laugh, cry and want to be 16 years old again.

The novel is perfect for young adult readers but oldies like myself will also enjoy the experience of reading it too. 

Thanks Ashlea for picking a beautiful book for our first review. Loved it, loved it, loved it. 

cheers natalie

 

Book Review – ‘The Fault in our Stars’

The Fault In Our Stars. I don’t even know where to begin to explain how much I loved this novel. John Green, the author, really touched my heart even made me cry with his book, something I rarely ever do. John has a way with words that can only be expressed as inspirational. He writes in a language where you really feel what the characters are feeling.

In this story, we follow Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters as they battle through cancer and young love. As an avid reader I would recommend the book to absolutely anyone. However, the themes and ideas of this book really limit me as to who I can tell about it. Although it is in the genre Young Adult Literature, I think that most adults would simply adore this novel.

The ideas in the book are a bit mature for younger readers but for people around my age {13} and above I think it is absolutely perfect. Despite my maturity and great ability to read heavy content, I still found The Fault In Our Stars a sad yet uplifting book.

As confusing as that sounds I felt both happy and sad after reading the book. I felt sad about all that had happened in between the covers but then, when it had finished, I felt oddly fulfilled and slightly happy that it had happened. It made me realise how precious life is and to live every moment to the full.

It is impossible to read The Fault In Our Stars and not come away with a new outlook on life and the people around you. I think that it is a marvellous book writing brilliantly. John Green is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read more of his work.

Ashlea xxx

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I had never heard of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ until Ashlea told me she had read a book and cried. Ashlea is fairly level headed and crying over literature is not something she does very often. When we discussed doing a book review for the blog, very excitedly Ashlea insisted it be on ‘The Fault in our Stars’.

The book was wonderful. It is an easy read , simple language but with serious and sometimes emotionally challenging themes. The two main characters Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are both battling different forms of cancer. The novel encapsulates their journey beautifully, staying as true to life with all the ups and downs everyday teenagers experience. It was easy to become emotionally invested in the main characters, finding it difficult at times to put the book down.

Hazel Grace has lung cancer and has spent her teenage years in and out of hospitals, eventually being home schooled. There were moments in the novel I could hear her struggling for breath, desperate to live a normal life even though there is a fault in her stars. Augustus (Gus) I fell in love with. He was divine, making me laugh, cry and want to be 16 years old again.

The novel is perfect for young adult readers but oldies like myself will also enjoy the experience of reading it too. 

Thanks Ashlea for picking a beautiful book for our first review. Loved it, loved it, loved it. 

cheers natalie

 

 

 

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