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Best of John Green’s Books (My Opinion)

John Green is one of my favorite authors. I don’t think he is overrated at all. Everyone becomes overrated when they become famous. People start saying the person who becomes famous overrated. That’s what usually happens. John Green who’s famous now is not overrated in my opinion.

Moving on, I’ve read all of John Green’s books. And these are the best of all in my opinion (feel free to disagree though)

  1. Paper Towns

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Paper Towns is a book about a boy who loves the amazing, mysterious, awesome neighbor girl. He refers to the girl as a miracle and he is in love with the girl for years but unable to tell her since he is… well, she is popular, he is not and they haven’t talked for years. One day, she barged in through the window and asked him to join her seeking revenge for those who did her wrong. It was an amazing night and the next day, the girl is gone. Poof. Leaving clues though and the boy is following the clues; trying to imagine being her, where she went to, and stuff. The book is very profound to me, people are constantly misunderstood and we always cling onto our idea of the person. Paper towns is a must read if you’re trying to read John Green’s.

2. Looking for Alaska

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This book is the first book of John Green. It’s kind of similar to Paper Towns (the characters) but it’s intended because John Green is trying to fix Looking for Alaska by making Paper Towns. It’s like a revision thing though I don’t see anything wrong with Looking for Alaska. Well, I read that somewhere so I apologize if the above information is wrong. There’s a guy with the nickname of Pudge who transferred to a boarding school to seek for The Great Perhaps. Down the hall, he meets this sexy, amazing, fantastic, and more positive adjectives and in short, he fell in love. This story is tragic and angsty and you should read it. After you read it, nothing is ever the same.

3. The Fault in Our Stars

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This book is full of metaphors and I am extremely fond of the metaphors. This novel is a novel that makes John Green even more well-known and it’s very popular. Though, the teenagers talk in ways too intelligent for teens but that’s understandable I guess and that’s what makes the book even more interesting. The title is taken from Shakespeare (“The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves”). It tells a tale of a boy and a girl with terminal illness who crosses path and fall in love with each other. It deserves a place for your must-read list.

Do you agree with my list?

Book & Movie Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The hunger games trilogy is a great trilogy – for me and for lots of people out there. Set after the rebellion, in district 12 (it’s still in America except the name is no longer America – it’s Panem), it’s a novel by Suzanne Collins about a game the government held every year to remind the people of the rebellion they’ve done in the past and the consequences they get now for doing that.

It’s not a regular game though – it’s a game where the choosen teens and children kill one another and the last one who survives is the winner. It’s dreadful and the citizens are forced to watch the show.

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There’s a 16-year-old girl who lives in the Seams, a place where coal miners live and they are relatively poor – barely able to live. Especially the girl, Katniss Everdeen, the daughter of a coal miner who passed away because of a blowout. So no one was there to support her family – her mother succcumbed into depression, her sister is too small. She has no one but herself and so she searched for ways to support herself and her family along with the companion of her hunting partner, Gale Hawthorne, who gradually became her bestfriend.

Anyway, Katniss is chosen for the hunger games with Peeta, the boy who gives her hope and threw her a bread when she needed help the most. So basically, it’s the start of a rebellion. (read it yourself why)

It’s a bittersweet book to me. It keeps me on suspense and I love that about the book. The book also has the right amount of romance for me (i’m not one for too much romance and lovey dovey stuff.) The movie is great as well – I think JLaw played Katniss Everdeen really well. Though I must admit that I don’t favor Mockingjay that much. For me, The Hunger games and Catching Fire are the best out of three.

(MILD SPOILER ALERT)

I’m a Gale x Katniss shipper and I want them to end up together I suppose. To me, some things just seem really odd in Mockingjay (well, it’s been three years since I read it but I remember liking the book very much and I even read the fanfictions as well.

Personal feelings aside, I think it doesn’t make sense to me that Gale would just blow up Panem when Prim was in it. Gale is a guy who loves Prim like his own family and he is the one who brought Prim safe and sound when District 13 was being bombed. It just doesn’t make sense. Those are the things I don’t really like in Mockingjay.

But those are just my opinions.

Well either way, I think Hunger games trilogy is a great trilogy and it’s worth it – it’s worth your time. You wouldn’t be able to put  the book down and you’ll be hanging onto every sentence.

Book Review: Paper Towns

Paper town is a very special book to me. When I first read it, I was just in awe. I’ve never read any books like it – well, I have, it’s from the same author, John Green and it’s called Looking for Alaska. Maybe I’ve just never seen those kinds of unique books in my country. Maybe the characters, it immediately got me hooked, particularly Margo Roth Spiegelman. It was just awesome, she is such a strong female character and I’m never one for the Damsel in Distress type – well, I was told Margo is kind of leaning towards the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope but we will talk about it in another post.

Paper Towns is a novel about a boy named Quentin who loves the attractive, crazy, adventurous girl next door that suddenly goes missing the day after they had this amazing, fun and revengeful night. A lot of hypothesis came up about where she goes – whether she commits suicide, moved to another city or country and such.

The books I usually find in my country is mainly this boy who gets hit by a car and gets amnesia or some shit and love forever blah blah blah wordvomits. So like, Margo is very adventurous, she doesn’t care about what other people think and she chases what she wants in her life. Intelligent too and quirky. There is no reason not to love her except for the fact that she is described by the main character, Quentin, as a missing piece that will make his life complete and he is in love with the idea of her – not the real person behind all that façade. He creates an idea of her – that Margo is this amazing, sexy, extraordinary, cool girl who is unlikely to ever poop like human beings do (you get what I mean.) Though gradually, Quentin begins to break out from the idea of her as he searches for the breadcrumbs she left behind.

From this book, you will learn that you shouldn’t live with the idea of a person inside your head or you’ll end up disappointed. But of course, we couldn’t avoid that; you’ll have an idea of a person inside your head and it’s not like people show their true self anyway so the only thing we are left to do is guess, think, analyze and ends up with the impression the person emits imprinted on your mind.

The thing is, you may get suffocated by the perception of you other people have and you might want to break free. That’s what Margo did – she broke free of the ideas of her the people around her have of her. She is not a mystery, she is not a miracle (as Quentin refers her to be), she is just a girl, a person like anybody else with feelings, thoughts, and ideas of her own.

(SPOILER ALERT!)

She ran away – she had her own life, living the way she wants it to be. In a way, she seems like running away – by not notifying her friends and family –  and you know running away does not solve everything. On the other hand, she is choosing a life she wants so it’s not really running away. She also left Quentin – choosing to chase what she wants which disappoint many people. She left the clues, she is asking to be found in a way. But that’s her choice. If she loved Quentin so much, she would have stayed but she doesn’t. You think every lover needs to stay together forever and always and that love will always prevail. It’s not. It never did. There are broken hearts everywhere but people seem to have those imprinted in the back of their mind.

After all, Margo is not entitled to him.

This is the quote in the book that makes a lasting impression on me:

(IGNORE IF YOU WANT TO READ IT IN THE BOOK, NOT HERE)

“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”

― John Green, Paper Towns

I really love that quote especially and that quote holds the truth in it. Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours – it says so much about people. Not until you know the person quite well – the struggles, depression, and stuff that made him that you get to know the person on a deeper level. The light can get out and get in – I think it refers to the comfort we can or cannot receive, depending on how much you open up to the person. Do you get what I mean, I’m not really good at talking about these stuff.

Well, I can’t really say much since it has been awhile since I read it but seriously, I love it so much at the time I read it over and over again. Totally worth your time. So I say grab this book and read it thorough. Enjoy!