Monthly Archives: January, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

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“The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green is a book about a teenage girl named Hazel who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She is hesitant to go to a support group, but decided it would be good for her. She finds herself meeting a boy named Augustus, and goes through many experiences with him. This is all I’m going to say about this book, because it is absolutely brilliant and it is a must read. John Green found a way to write an emotional book that tugs at your heart, but at the same time writes with incredible witt and humor.

Last summer I attended an event in California called Vidcon, which is a convention for the YouTube community to come together and meet and watch their favourite YouTube stars in person. John Green, and his brother Hank Green organize this event, and are also famous and respected YouTubers. I had the opportunity to go to a meetup where John and Hank talked about their career and experiences, as well as answered questions from audience members. John Green is not only a very talented author, but also a positive role model for many people.

This book is also being made into a movie, and is expected to be released in the summer 2014. If you ever get a chance to read this book, or go to a meetup with John Green, I would highly recommend it!

Source:

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.

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Lullabies For Little Criminals

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I decided to kick off this blog with a book I read in my first year of university. The book, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was required reading and at first I wasn’t that keen on having to read it. Once I started reading I could not put it down and it is one of my favourite books I have read in the last couple of years.

The novel takes you through a journey from the point of view of a 13-year-old girl named, Baby. Her mother passed away when Baby was young and she was left to grow up with her father Jules, who is addicted to heroin. This book was very effective in showing the struggles of a young girl growing up too fast. Her childhood was short lived and by 13 she was immersed in an adult world, which leaves her wishing for those things children need most, love and attention.

O’ Neil depicts Baby in hard living conditions, living a life of prostitution, stealing, and other activities a girl her age should never have to go through. Throughout the story Baby often wishes she could have a normal life, like her peers and classmates.  The author portrays the trials of Baby’s life clearly and in a way that you need to find out what happens to her in end.  She engages the reader and you can almost feel the many emotions Baby must feel.

Sources:

O’Neil, Heather. Lullabies for Little Criminals. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2006. Print.

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