Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief

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We’ve definitely done some hard rounds of this game, but none has been as hard for me as choosing between these wildly popular and incredibly good YA novels. Seriously, even as I’m typing, I’m still changing my mind on what my choices are going to be. To play along you say in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite/one that you might want to change something about), and burn (least favorite). As always, I love to hear people’s different reasonings and rationale for their choices.  Continue reading “Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief”

Marry, Date or Dump: Augustus, Park, & Adam

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I took todays contenders for marry, date or dump straight from the pages of the New York Times YA Bestseller list. Without giving away any spoilers from these books, let me assure you each of these three men is more than swoon-worthy. Augustus Waters woos Hazel in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars with an unending supply of witty quips, living metaphors, and a shared taste in books. Park from Eleanor & Park is a quiet and sensitive fan of comics and music. And Adam is the rock’n’roll, not-so-bad, bad boy in If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. I’ve reviewed all three books, and fallen at least a little in love with each of these characters. Now I’m excited to see who you will marry, date and dump. Let me know in the comments!

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Why did TFiOS Become So Popular?


I don’t know if it’s productive to try figuring out why certain books/movies/people become popular, but I do think it’s natural. This feels especially true when something becomes mega-popular in a way that changes media trends and culture. With more than 10.7 million books printed and 130+ consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Fault in Our Stars definitely belongs in this category. In fact, when you type “Why is TFiOS so…” into google the second autofill is “popular” (the one first is “sad”) so I know a lot of others have this question on their minds. People and publications from  Business Week to John Green himself have attempted to ask and answer why the book achieved this crazy level of popularity. I thought I’d add my two cents to discussion, before I head to The Night Before Our Stars later today (asdfghk!!!).

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Marry, Date or Dump: Hazel, Augustus, & Isaac from TFiOS


I told you there was going to be lots of The Fault in Our Stars love on the blog this week. I know that I have already done marry date or dump posts featuring boys from John Green books and girls from John Green books. I’ve even done one featuring the author himself. But I wanted to do one that was more specific to TFiOS. I had a hard time trying to think of a cohesive three girls or three boys (the closest I got was Hazel’s Dad, Gus’s Dad, and Patrick the support group leader). Instead of giving you all that crazy conundrum, I thought I’d do my first mixed gender post and give you Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac. Choosing one of them to dump feels impossible to me.  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Hazel, Augustus, & Isaac from TFiOS”

Links for a Lazy Sunday: TFiOS Edition

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Get ready for a lot of TFiOS excitement on the blog this week. I’ve decided that since the film opening is less than a week away, I’m going to let myself unleash my fangirlish feelings. I’m heading back to California tomorrow for some lovely visits with my sister, father, and grandmother so I’m not sure when I’m going to actually see the movie (I can tell you all feel really sorry for me, right?), but to tide me over here are my favorite links related to The Fault in Our Stars. Most of them are focused on the movie, but a few might relate to the book. Okay? Okay. Let’s go.  Continue reading “Links for a Lazy Sunday: TFiOS Edition”

Marry, Date or Dump: Girls from John Green Novels

WRoOue0Last Saturday was best-selling YA author and vlogbrother John Green’s birthday. It got me to thinking that yes I’ve done a Marry, Date or Dump on boys from his novels and yes I’ve done one where you could choose between Green and other YA authors, but I haven’t made a post for the girls from his books. I chose the ladies from his most famous books (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars) but if you want to swap in Jane from Will Grayson, Will Grayson or Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines then go for it! Lots of people criticize Green’s books for buying into the manic pixie dream girl trope. I would argue that he takes that theme and adds layers to it … but that is probably a topic for another post. I really love his female characters for being intelligent, independent, and most importantly for never forgetting to be awesome.

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