Turtles All the Way Down is primarily about the difficulties and joys of long term friendship and it’s value when asking for forgiveness. It follows 16 year-old Aza Holmes and Daisy Ramirez best friends since elementary school, as they investigate the disappearance of billionaire Russell Pickett, for the $100,000 reward.
‘Felt myself slipping, but even that’s a metaphor. Descending, but that is, too. Can’t describe the feeling itself except to say that I’m not me. Forged in the smithy of someone else’s soul. Please let me out. Whoever is authoring me, let me up out of this. Anything to be out of this.
When the pair become shipwrecked (on purpose) on the edge of the Pickett estate, Aza is reunited with Davis, Russell’s eldest son, who she knew at ‘Sad Camp’. As the story progresses Aza’s anxiety increases and her thoughts continue to spiral, causing her budding relationship with Davis to falter. Her friendship with Daisy is tested to the extreme when they are involved in a car crash following an argument. However their hunt for Russell is solved when visiting an underground art gallery.
The Fault in Our Stars is the heartbreaking romantic novel that John Green is most known for, the film staring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley was THE feature film of 2014.
‘In the last weeks, we’d been reduced to spending our time together in recollection, but that was not nothing: The pleasure of remembering had taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.’
It begins when Hazel Grace is forced by her mother to attend a Cancer Support Group in the ‘Literal Heart of Jesus’, where she meets 17 year old, one legged Augustus Water, who is best friend of Isaac, who is about to go completely blind. An instant connection forms which is only enhanced by a shared passion for An Imperial Affliction and it’s unanswered questions. It follows their friendships through heartbreak, a dramatic trip to Amsterdam and medical complications.
Let it Snow is a gloriously cringey, Christmas collection of 3 short romantic adventure stories involving; a teacup micro Pig called Gabriel, a broken down train, 14 cheerleaders all seemingly called Amber, a Twister mat being used as a sledge, one meet-cute, one discovery of a friend’s femininity and one romantic reunion.
‘First my train got stuck. Then there were these cheerleader, and we all ended up in the Waffle House, and they kept making me help them with their lifts’…”Pigs are not part of Starbucks Policy.”
Green collaborated with fellow Young Adult authors, Maureen Johnson (13 little blue envelopes, Shadow Hunter Academy) and Lauren Myracle (IM series, The Infinite Moment of Us), making this book a perfect introduction, as I hadn’t heard of them before.
Paper Towns tells the story of Quentin Jacobsen’s unrequited love for his childhood neighbour, the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman. Following a reckless night of revenge together in their Florida hometown, Margo takes off, leaving behind cryptic clues for Q and his friends to solve. This ultimately results in across country road trip on graduation day in a minivan for Q, Ben, Radar and Lacey.
‘And all at once I knew how Margo Roth Spiegelman felt when she wasn’t being Margo Roth Spiegelman: she felt empty. She felt the unscaleable wall surrounding her… The fundamental mistake I had always made – and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make – was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.’
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