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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.

2019 TBR

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(You can pre-order my new novel, Death Do Us Part, here)

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.

 

The Fault in our Stars book review

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The Fault in our Stars is my all time favorite book. I have read it multiple times over, and it still hits me every time. TFioS is written by John Green and follows the love story of Hazel and Gus. Unlike most YA romance novels though, Hazel has terminal caner and Gus is a survivor. This book breaks so many rules of a YA romance. While Looking for Alaska had a blowjob scene, this one has multiple tragedies. Though this book is sad, it will also make you laugh. In the same scene I will be on the verge of tears, then burst out laughing… John Green moved to Amsterdam for two months to properly write a chapter of this book set in Amsterdam. That love and dedication to his work is reflected so much through this book. It’s a must read.

Looking for Alaska book review

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So it was announced that Looking for Alaska is being made into a movie, which is some of the most exciting news I have gotten in a very long time! Looking for Alaska follows Pudge, a high school student  who goes to a boarding school in search of his great perhaps. Alongside Pudge is his roommate, The Colonel, and a mysterious girl named Alaska. LFA was John Greens debut novel. Greens writing style has not changed much over the years, even in his first novel 10 years ago you equal parts cried and laughed (though I won’t tell you why). One thing that has stuck with him over the years as well, and is very obvious in this, and is possibly his only downfall. John Green tends to write unbelievable main characters. In most, if not every one of his novels the teenagers often don’t talk like teenagers, talking as if they are reading from an expertly crafted script. In my opinion at least, that is his ONLY downfall. The most amazing part about LFA is the teenagers though, they truly behave like teenagers. They smoke, drink, break rules, want to fit in, have meaningless drama, pull pranks, and most of the time their biggest problem is school (a kick-ass school in this I may add). The dialogue is amazing, the story is heart wrenching, and you fall in love with every character. I could honestly go on and on about the beautiful description of the school and the depth of every last character… but just read it.