Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

I needed to read this book. Not because I have heard so much of about John Green and his books but because everything I have been reading recently has been so intense and I really needed something a bit more light hearted before I couldn’t pick up another book again.

Paper Towns is Q’s story. It is about how Margo who was once his best friend briefly comes back into his life for one night of utter madness and then suddenly disappears. She, however has always been in the back of Q’s mind though and after the night they spent together he can’t just accept that she has gone. Trying to solve the mystery that is Margo however is a difficult task and he still wants to finish school and now loose his friends. But he has only just began discovering a whole new side to himself.

As I have said I really needed to read something light hearted and although this book was full of drama it was an easy read. I have to admit that I do enjoy they John Green’s writing. I feel he gets a good balance of comedy, drama and seriousness and includes quotes that have a bigger meaning.  Despite that my favourite quote is a comic one from page 74 of the book;

“Ninja’s don’t splash other ninja’s,” Margo complained.
“The true ninja doesn’t make a splash at all”, I said.
“Ooh touche.”

It is just a great little conversation and reminds me of ones I have with my boyfriend.

The end of the book wasn’t really what I was expecting. When I got to part 2 of the book I was beginning to thing of the saying often found on the internet these days about people putting up walls just to see who cares enough to pull them down. However, I am sorry if this gives too much away, but this doesn’t turn out to be the case. However I can understand the ending and I think it helps make a point that is seen throughout the book. For me this point is about excepting people for who they are. Not just other people but also being able to accept yourself.

I enjoyed reading this book but it wasn’t as great as everyone makes out all Green’s work to be. I do appreciate his work but I think it is talked about so much that I was expecting more than it was. On saying that I do think it is a good book and I would recommend it.

‘An untitled poem from an unknown author’ from The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Once on a yellow piece or paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it ‘Chops’
because that was the name of his dog
And that’t what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door 
and read it to his aunts
That was the year Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
And he let them sing on the bus
And his little sister was born
with tiny toenails and no hair
And his mother and father kissed a lot
And the girl around the corner sent him a
Valentine signed with a row of Xs
and he had to ask his father what the Xs meant
And his father always tucked him in bed at night
And was always there to do it

Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
And it was called ‘Autumn’
because that was the name of the season
And that’s what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because of the new paint
And the kids told him 
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
And left butts on the pews
And sometimes they would burn holes
That was the year his sister got classes 
with thick lenses and black frames 
And the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see Santa Clause
And the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed a lot
And his father never tucked him in bed at night
And his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it

Once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Innocence: A Question”
because that was the question about his girl
And that’s what it was all about
And his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
That was the year that Father Tracy died
And he forgot how the end 
of the Apostle’s Creed went 
And he caught his sister
making out on the back porch
And his mother and father never kiss
or even talked
And the girl around the corner 
wore too much make-up
That made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
because that was the thing to do
And at three A.M. he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly

That’s why on the back of a brown paper bag 
he tried another poem
And he called it “Absolutely Nothing”
because that’s what it was really all about 
And he gave himself an A
and a s;ash on each damned wrist 
And he hung it on the bathroom door 
because this time he didn’t think
he could reach the kitchen 

 

Wise Words From Robert Pattinson (and his eyebrows!)

“If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”

Pandemonium pg 152

“In approved places, every story serves a purpose. But forbidden books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch.
And some of them- the best ones- are doors.”

End of Book Feeling

shared by Teri Terry on Facebook from the Waterstones page.

I think this perfectly describes how I feel at the end of many books.When I’m reading a good book it is very easy to get emotionally invloved and feel all the feelings of the characters and their situation. When I put it down it is always strange to find I don’t actually feel that way and that everything has carried on in an almost parallel world type way.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books From The Past 10 Years I Hope People Will Be Reading in 30 Years

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books from the Past 10 Years I hope people will be reading in 30. This list may be very similar to others I have due to have already talked about books I particularly love but hope you agree with some of them. I have also gone over the 10 years for some of the books but only by 4/5 years and you will understand when you see them.

1. – 7. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Ok I have kind of cheated with this but my first 7 have to be the Harry Potter books. Written between 1997 to 2007 I think they bring some magic into real life and are full or messages about friendship, loyalty, bravery and so much more. I believe that they will continue to be classics for many, many years to come and many more people will be captured by the imagination of JK Rowling. 

8. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Again this one is slight more than ten years. Written in 1998 this is also a story of magic but one that is for younger children. I think it shows that even in what might seem like horrible circumstances children can be amazing and I think many children will love hearing about Matilda’s story and want a teacher like Miss Honey.

9. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

This story I believe is important because it makes us rethink how we see the world. I believe it can open many people eyes to how much things have changed over the past decade in how we view race but also that there is still a long way to go and it is important to realise that sometimes we ignore what is going on around us right under our noses. 

10. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Written in 2011 this book reminds me of other war stories and I think it should be remembered along with them. It is a new story about a war not been written about a lot and it is important to be able to remember the variety of suffering people had to go through to reach where we are today.

11. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I am also putting this in because I have the Harry Potters. This story was a big hit when it was released in 2006 as it came from a new perspective and was so sad. I believe people will be reading this for years to come as a new way of remember the tragedies of the war.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Quotes From Books

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Quotes from books. I realised whilst deciding on quotes I really need a way to remember one I like from now one and that I could also have a  list just for the Harry Potter Books.

1. “Watch your dad kiss her cheek, notice them smile. Know that whatever happens, they are your parents” Before I Die

2. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4. “I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another” Divergent

5. “Self-preservation, the only instinct stronger than thirst” The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

6. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

7. “You don’t love someone because they are perfect, you love them in spite of the fact they’re not” My Sister’s Keeper

8. “I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days” Passion

9. “Destiny is a tower of cards – nudge one just an inch and everything stacked on top come crashing down2 Birth of a Killer

10.”and maybe, like a game of footie with Holly, like the sun in April, it was important to appreciate good things when they came” You Against Me