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Looking for Alaska, John Green

   looking for alaska     Looking for Alaska was beautifully written by John Green. It speaks of love and loss, and finding oneself while keeping it lighthearted enough. Looking for Alaska is about a boy, “Purge” Halter, who does not necessarily fit in at his normal school, and does not have any friends. His parents decide it is time for him to transfer to boarding school, Culver Creek, and try his luck out there. Upon arrival he meets his roommate who is soon to become his best friend, The Colonel, and a girl, Alaska, who he will come to love and hate all at the same time, like young love so often makes you feel. Their time spent at Culver Creek is one making lasting impressions on each other, testing boundaries, and trying to figure out “If they will ever get out of the labyrinth”.

I did not like this one as much as I liked The Fault in Our Stars, but I still really enjoyed this one. I loved how it was written as a count down, and with each passing day I was wondering what we were counting down to, and what we got to was shocking. I liked what this novel made you think about, and whether you cherish the people around you, and how you react to the circumstances you are given. If you read The Fault in Our Stars and loved it, continue reading the rest of John Green’s collection and you will enjoy the way you feel while reading, and how much it opens your mind to everything else. Until next time,

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The Book Thief, Mark Zusak

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Oh, The Book Thief, played with my emotions. Once again I chose something that made me want to curl up in a ball, and ball. This wonderful novel is about a girl, who was given the nickname of “Book Thief” by the narrator, Lisel, from a very young age has been through a lot. We start with her on a train with her mother and her brother. Her mother is having to go through the decision of having to give her children up for foster care because of the problems in Nazi Germany.On the way there Lisel witnesses her brother die right in front of her with one last cough. During one of the transfers at a train stop, she and her mother are forced to bury her brother, and that is where Lisel steals her first book. The Grave Diggers Handbook. When Lisel and her mom finally get to their destination, Lisel meets her new family. She doesn’t like her mom too much, but she is immediately attracted to her new father, and finds comfort in his presence. Growing up during the world of Nazi Germany, and the world of Hitler, Lisel learns a lot about her character, what it means to be scared, what it means to be brave, and what it means to take risks.

        I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It was not a quick read, but it was a very, very good one. It made you laugh, cry, think about your own family, and what would you do when your beliefs were tested. It also gave you a different insight to what Nazi Germany was like for the Germans who might not have agreed with what Hitler was doing at the time. I also loved the way it was written, and who the narrator was. It gave the story its own feel, and a more unbiased approach. Once again I will recommend this book to anyone and everyone!! Until next time,
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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments), Cassandra Clare

I found it! Another book series that makes me just as excited as I was for Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. This series Mortal Instruments, is the best of all of my worlds. It has the fantastical, like werewolves, vampires, demons, and faeries, it has action, and it also a little bit of romance, and its own love triangle. So, let me tell you a little bit about the first one.

It was a normal night for Clary Fray, she was going out on a Sunday night with her best friend Simon during the middle of the summer just like any other 15 year old girl would until everything changed.

She found herself in a completely different world, well she was still in New York, but she was seeing everything a little bit more clearly, things that she had never though existed. Demons, faeries, warlocks, the new word mundane, and everything that you once read in a story book and more just became true to her, along with the other things you read in books, like love, and fate.When Clary met Jace her world turned upside down and backwards, never expecting what could come next on their journey that brings them closer together in more ways than they could imagine. Clary finds out more about her past, and what’s going to happen to her in the future.

I haven’t found a book this interesting in a long time, not one that I literally want to keep reading all day long, well not since Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, so of course I recommend this whole entire series to those who are looking for an addictive read. I’m trying to make my posts shorter, so that I’m not giving away too much, so as always feel free to ask me anything. I cannot wait to read the rest of these books as they became a great cruise ship read to keep me distracted from everything. Until next time,

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Breathless by Jessica Warman

Breathless by Jessica Warman was a good story to read over my holiday vacation. Warman does a great job of telling the story of a girl who is trying to find herself in a life where her family doesn’t understand her, she’s constantly loosing her brother mentally and physically, and she’s being forced to deal with all of it by herself. It is only in the solace of swimming that she finds peace.

When Katie Kitrell’s life suddenly spins out of control she has no idea how to truly grasp what is happening. Her brother, the only person in the house who she really connected with has started displaying some types of mental illness, which her parents don’t want to talk about. Her dad, a psychiatrist, and her mother, a house wife and an alcoholic try to pretend that everything is okay. It’s when her brother is pushed over the edge, sneaks out of the house, runs to a neighbors, and tries to kill himself that their parents decide to do something. Only what they do does not help Katie other than try to hide her from what is really happening. They ship her off to boarding school. It is there she decides to claim her brother is dead and try to make true friends, but that lie sticks with her.

Katie joins the swim team and an already amazing swimmer becomes better and finds her first true love. As Katie continues to go through high school, she finds love, friendship,but the horrors of her past continue to stick with her.

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90s Born Reader