Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult Literature, Romance, Tragedy

Published: January 10th, 2012

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Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Thoughts:

My friends basically pushed me to read this book, because of ‘the feels’. So, I decided to read it before the movie comes out in June.

Hazel, I think, is the most admirable character I have ever read in YA book. She doesn’t have paranormal abilities, she’s not a badass kickass fantasy heroine, and she’s been dying of cancer all her life. Yet, she is the most real girl I have ever read. I loved her witty comments and statements riddled throughout the book from the beginning. I love how she doesn’t try to hide from the truth, how she accepted the truth. I love honest she is about her cancer and her condition and her impending death. She is also so empathetic with other people and their plights. She thinks of the people in her life. I really liked how she was so obsessed with An Imperial Affliction and its ending. She is such a fangirl, lol.

Augustus Waters was such a hero. I just want him to know that, no matter what he thought, he is the most heroic character I’ve ever read. He made sacrifices for the people he loved. Not big sacrifices. Just the little things, the ones that matter, the ones that count. Him and his metaphorical resonances! Gosh, I loved those. He was so awesome. And those big words he always used! He always sounded so intelligent. He and Hazel were such an intellectual couple. They were both so smart, and clever. I really admire that about them.

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There were actually a lot of metaphorical resonances and symbolism in this book. It’s so erudite.

I don’t want to get into any of the other characters, or stuff I specifically adored from TFIOS, because I don’t want to give any spoilers. One thing remains, though: Hazel’s mom is the best fictional mom in the whole wide world. And Peter Van Houten was the best plot twist ever.

I just want to say that this book was not at all what I expected. It was 10000000x better. I’ve never read a book that are me think so much in my life. It’s incredibly quotable and ponderable and awe-inspiring. And another thing: this book literally made me cry buckets. Remember, if you haven’t read it and you finally do, to keep a box of tissues ready.

Favorite Quotes:

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

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“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

9.5/10

5-stars

kele

Obsession 11: Frozen

Originally posted on The Typical Fangirl:

Obsession 11: Frozen

I have spent the last 5 hours sat on the floor writing an essay on marketing and the only thing that has kept me going is the constant replaying of the Frozen Soundtrack. The songs are so catchy and fun that it makes writing essays slightly less unbearable, but only slightly.

I watched the film after I finished my exams in January and loved it. It is a classic Disney film in that the whole family can watch it and it doesn’t matter what generation you are, you can easily love this film.

The characters are light hearted yet have some depth and the story line takes you through many emotions even though it’s a “kids film”, I mean I personally shouted at the computer when Hans true motive was shown and cried when Anna sacrificed herself.

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‘Reign’ react: Oh, Henry

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So Henry is absolutely batshit crazy, and I love it. Let me give you some perspective: Humping a woman out of a window was something a sane person would do compared to the things he’s pulling now. Declaring a servant his new queen? Threatening his own sons? And, most importantly, wielding a sword while attending a wedding completely barefoot? Yep, he’s done them all. At this point, I think Henry’s a bigger monster than The Darkness, but he’s also a much more attractive one, and quite frankly, watching him lose his marbles is nothing if not incredibly entertaining. Let’s do this, shall we?

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Lupita Nyong’o Gives Speech about Her Journey to Loving & Accepting Her “Night-Shaded” Skin and Unique Beauty

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Inspirational!

Originally posted on Love. 'n Words:

Ever since  Lupita Nyong’o stepped on the scene, I’ve been wondering about her – particularly, I’ve been wondering what her journey to self-acceptance and self-love (her “Journey to Beautiful” ) has been. I’ve wondered if she had always loved her stunning complexion and accepted all of her beauty, or if she, like so many darker hued girls in Africa and the Diaspora, struggled to see what is real and true: that they are insanely, breathtakingly, perfectly BEAUTIFUL. Because I’m  always  interested in women’s journeys to self-acceptance – that Journey to Beautiful – I really really wanted to know.

Lupita finally shared her moving, heartbreaking-then-uplifting-then-inspirational Journey to Beautiful at the Seventh Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. She was honored at the event for her Best Breakthrough Performance in the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave.

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Here’s an excerpt of her speech below via Essence.com. Be sure to…

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Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Ignite Me

Tahereh Mafi

HarperCollins Publishers

Published February 4th, 2014

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Synopsis

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

My Thoughts

I can’t even begin to tell you how ecstatic I was when I finally bought this book! It’s the third and final book of the Shatter Me Trilogy and I’d been waiting in absolute agony for it to come out for about an entire year!

Basically, Tahereh Mafi left her readers at the end of the second book, Unravel Me, wondering who Juliette really belongs with: Warner or Adam? It was excruciating! I was a staunch ‘Team Warner’ fan, so my stomach was in knots before even reading Ignite Me, wondering if Juliette is going to give him chance or not.

To my utmost delight, the first part of the book was solely about Warner and Juliette getting to know eachother better without anyone else being around and it got so cute and sweet I wanted to faint from happiness!!

Then we move on to how Kenji is the best freaking friend ever to Juliette and I love him so flipping much, and then we discover whyexactly, Adam isn’t a right fit for Juliette. Like, it makes sense. Which made me so bloody elated.

But, like, things are complicated between Warner (or Aaron) and Juliette, until almost the very end, and that is exactly how I like it. Plus, the scene when they finally  get together and she finally admits to him that she loves him is singly the best scene I have ever read. My fangirl level imploded.

The best part of the book, however, is how completely bad-ass Juliette becomes. She finally learns how to use her power for the better, and she becomes SO powerful. Like, unbeatable, invincable, indomitable. She has SO MUCH power. It was brilliant seeing her coming into her own, and morphing from that weak girl she once was and realizing her own strength. I almost cried. I was SO proud of her.

Seriously guys, read this series. I promise you won’t regret it.

My Favorite Quotes

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

“Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

“I’m not sure. But there’s something about the darkness, the stillness of this hour, I think, that creates a language of its own. There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. We forget that the blackness is not a blanket; we forget that the sun will soon rise. But in the moment, at least, we feel brave enough to say things we’d never say in the light.”

“The tattoo is just setting below his hp bone.
H e l l i s e m p t y
a n d a l l t h e d e v i l s a r e h e r e

I kiss my way across the words.
Kissing away the devils.
Kissing away the pain.”

“I can do anything I want.
Be with anyone I want.
And it’ll be my choice.”

BUY IT NOW!!!!

BUY IT NOW!!!!

Kele

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Depression

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Have you ever heard the emptiness of a door closing
The wisdom of despair echoing
Have you seen the world appear so dark
Though the sun is shining?

Have you ever felt it where every noise, every voice
Is just meaningless
Just so loud without reason?

Have you ever watched a bird eating
And wished you were the worm?
Have you ever felt so defeated
Every breath, every sound feels so irritating?

Depression.

It’s like you’re drowning in emptiness
You feel like you can’t get enough air
You keep going for deep breaths
But you’re not sure you even want to
Because you don’t know if you really want to be there

© Frank Davenport

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Book Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

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Author: Steven Chbosky
Genre: Drama
Synopsis:
Charlie is a freshman.And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
My Thoughts:
At first glance, the Perks of Being A Wallflower may seem like your typical high-school teen coming-of-age novel. Enter freshman kid. Antisocial, introverted, messed-up family life, painfully shy, awkward, yadda yadda yadda. Insert overbearing big sister, idol big brother, a beautiful older girl to have a crush on, and a ‘sagely’ gay guy. Throw in a traumatic childhood, and you’ve hit the jackpot.
For anyone who even begins to think that about this book, stop. Stop right now.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written through the crude letters by a new freshman boy who simply identifies himself as Charlie. Addressed by ‘Dear Friend’, readers feel like they are connecting with Charlie on a personal, intimate level. We follow him through his psychological struggles as a new freshman with no friends, recovering from the depression he was crushed by after his best friend died the previous year. Since it is told through his eyes, we feel young and vulnerable again, and inevitably sympathize with him deeply. We see him feeling helpless about dealing with his sister’s own emotional problems.
At the beginning of high school, he is lonely and quiet and socially anxious. His first friend was his English teacher, who discovered his gift for literature. Luckily for Charlie, two seniors ‘adopt’ him: step-siblings Sam and Patrick. They slowly help Charlie come out of his shell, by being spontaneous, whimsical, carefree, impulsive, and capricious themselves.
Charlie is sensitively introspective, seeming to watch the world from the other side, with the incredible capacity to empathize with the struggles of the people in his life. “You see things, you keep quiet about them, and you understand,” Patrick told him, which neatly summarizes the entire book!
Even though Charlie is the principle character, all the characters have their own sad stories, which we experience because Charlie sees them: Patrick, Sam (who’s a girl by the way), their friends (his new friends), his sister, his brother in college,  everyone. He’s the wallflower who is trying to ‘participate’, as he was told to do by his English teacher.
The best thing about this book? Everybody can identify themselves with at least some aspect of Charlie’s story at any level. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, you’ll see yourself in it over and over again, and you’ll be sad and hopeful and happy, all at the same time!
My Favorite Quotes:
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” - Charlie
“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” - Charlie
“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.” - Charlie
“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” - Charlie

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