26 November 2013

Don't tell anybody, but...sometimes I miss school...

I went to see the new Hunger Games:  Catching Fire movie this weekend (which was so good by the way) and was reminded again of how similar this series is to two of my favorite short stories:  The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.  And as I watched the film I was struck by a mildly horrifying thought:  If I were still in school, this would make a fantastic paper topic.  Yeah, I said it...I kinda miss school a little bit...but sshhh...don't tell anybody.

19 November 2013

Book Review No. 78 ~ Paper Towns


Paper Towns by John Green

Summary:  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 the girl he thought he knew.  (taken from book jacket)

My Critique:  I'm going to be honest...John Green has quickly become one of my favorite authors...period.  When I read this book...all through the book and even immediately after the book I was thinking "I really like this book."  But 2 days have passed since finishing the book and the more I think about it (and more importantly the more I think about Margo Roth Spiegelman) the more I'm changing my opinion.  I find Margo to be a drama queen and annoying more than the mysterious enigma she's meant to be.  She's one of those girls who will be followed by drama wherever she goes, despite her proclamations that she "hates drama."  I dunno...I'm just left with a general feeling of annoyance toward her.  However, there were some great sentences in this book.

Favorite Lines:
"Margo always loves mysteries.  And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one."

"'Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds.'" haha

"Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from the larger goal of his life:  to one day be convicted of homicide."

"She had the kind of fingers you want to interlace with your own."

"It is so hard to leave--until you leave.  And then it's the easiest goddamned thing in the world."

I look forward to the movie.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Paper Towns, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

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