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Turtles All The Way Down book review

Before I get in to the nitty gritty, I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of John Green for many many years. He is a large part of why I became a writer in the first place. I actually discovered him and his brother on YouTube before I even knew John was an author. If you haven’t checked out their channel, Vlogbrothers, you definitely should because it’s an amazing community… Now you know how much it pains me to say that I wasn’t exactly a fan of his fifth solo novel, Turtles All The Way Down.

To this day, Looking For Alaska, his first book, is my all time favorite book. It had great characters, a different way to tell a story, was very real, and took risks. That has always been something I respected about John, he walked the line of what was technically allowed in a Young Adult novel. Why is that so important? Because teenagers don’t live PG-13 lives or speak elegantly (usually). In LFA, there are heavy themes of tragedy, addiction, sex, and coming of age. There is a blowjob scene in it that has sparked controversy among readers and its integral to the story. An Abundance of Katherine’s is very similar in that sense, while also being quirky and different from most books in tone. John also always has a romance, usually as the focal point of his stories. If I really look at all of his novels, the realism of teen romance and relatability goes down with each passing release. Having pointed all of these things out, TATWD is the worst offender of them all, having little to none of the characteristics that I once sought John out for.

TATWD follows Aza, a teen girl that struggles with OCD and thought spirals, on her quest to solve a mystery of a fled billionaire so her and her close friend can collect a reward. Aza happens to have had a small fling with the son of said billionaire and ends up speaking with him to get info on his whereabouts. This is what the story is truly about. The relationships and troubles of these characters… Now, John is great at dialogue and making you feel very deeply about everything going on, and that’s no different here. I’m not arguing that he isn’t a brilliant writer. What i’m arguing is that this book is safe, and he might have lost touch with who teenagers actually are. I wouldn’t blame him, he’s in his fourties.

Although I didn’t really enjoy the book (again, that kills me) I will say that Aza’s struggle with mental illness, OCD specifically, is very real. John Green himself suffers from OCD, and has described the character as being quite self-based and it really shows. Reading about this in a way only someone who truly understands the problem can create is amazing. It spoke to me, and countless others.

In the end, this wasn’t a terrible book. Curiosity and author loyalty kept me going until the end. Parts, primarily the inner workings of the main character, were good, but everything else felt normal and unrealistic. If you disagree, I would honestly love to hear your side and what you got from this book. In the meantime, I eagerly await #6.

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing book review

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, By Hank Green, is the first book I read in 2019 and the first book I finished in its entirety in quite a long time! (you can watch my TBR here).

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows April May, an aspiring young artist in New York City. One day April stumbles upon a giant metal samurai statue and makes a video with her friend Andy. Overnight the video goes viral as the world discovers these statues have popped up all over the world and are presumed to be alien.

I love this book. I never review books I don’t like because I don’t finish them. Well, I finished this one in five days flat. It may help that I laughed my ass off a lot, and that rarely happens with books!.. I am a long time fan of the Green brothers and the work they do. My first book, Blackout, had “DFTBA” a nerdighter reference in the first pages. Picking up this book I was preparing for a read similar to John’s style and was pleasantly surprised that Hank has a much different style of writing; almost quicker, adult oriented, and more personal. The standout for this book to me is just how modern it is as well. The characters make YouTube videos, converse through Facebook, and worry about their Twitter followers. It merges the written word with modern life and technology like I haven’t seen before.

AART is about the contact with these alien objects, the reaction of humanity, and the conflicting hate/comradery that comes with all this. But, all of this is more of a vessel for what I see as the real point of the book… Fame. April comes in to fame almost over night. Despite what she wants, she is consumed by the fame and loves every moment of it. She wants more of it, and she needs more of it. Hank Green himself speaks about this from a first person perspective and seeing an honest portrayal of the hunger for fame people have is awesome.

I legitimately see myself picking this book up again to read a second time. You should check it out.

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John Green books: Best-Still good

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(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)

Looking for Alaska book review

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Paper Towns movie review

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I can’t tell you just how disappointed and pissed off I am after watching this. I am a huge fan of John Green and The Fault in our Stars was a spectacular adaptation. This however was borderline garbage. The characters were accurate, the tone was accurate, and the story line was accurate. I’m not saying that it wasn’t an ACCURATE adaptation but there are some things that need a bit of a rewrite when they are put to the screen. Almost every line in this was cringe-worthy or unnatural. “I’m a paper girl in a paper town.” NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. In the book it was okay because John Green is a phenomenal writer and can do that… On top of the writing one of the main characters, Margo, is literally one of the worst characters out there. The whole premise is that Margo is a “free spirit” (in reality she just pines for attention) who runs away after a spectacular night with Quentin (not like that, perverts) and he follows a string of clues to find her. As the movie progresses you find out more and more that she is not a good person nor friend. Also, Quentin is really fucking desperate! No one saw her surfing on the west coast. The only believable thing someone saw her do is panhandle outside a Starbucks!.. It pains me to write this. I wanted to like this so much, and they had everything working in their favor. They messed up BAD.

 

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AFC Wimbly Womblys YouTube review

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Okay so I am completely biased because I am a huge John Green fan, and a 8-year strong nerdfighter. BUT, I love this YouTube series! The AFC Wimbley Womblys are a FIFA football (soccer) team based off of the real like AFC Wimbeldon team. The entire series is John Green playing FIFA games and talking about life, and everything in it you can think of. But, beyond that he has absorbed himself and the viewers alike in this game over the years. Naming the players and giving them elaborate backstories, and advancing the team up leagues quickly! I watch this more than I watch real sports because the narration by John Green coupled with the excitement he gives off is  contagious… Go watch it now! All proceeds go to help the real life AFC Wimbeldon.