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Top Ten Tuesday – Character Opinions I Differed On

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Characters I Had Different Opinions On

So, I chose to alter the name of this weeks TTT because I think its a good idea to show some I liked that others didn’t and vice versa. So here goes.

Characters I Didn’t Like But Everyone Else Did:

1. Every single character inside Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I don’t get it. I have seen so many positive views on this book because of the different way is plays with characters but I hated them so much I just couldn’t handle the book in the slightest.

2. Hannah Baker in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. There isn’t really a way for me to say this without being a total cow so go forth and read my review.

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3. Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska by John Green. I really don’t see the attraction. She is just another teenager.

4. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

5. Chaol Westfall in the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass. This is a little bit of trick one. I do like Chaol, but everyone wants him with Celaena and I don’t. I so so so so don’t.

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Characters I Liked But Others Didn’t:

This section was WAY harder than I thought it was going to be. I don’t pay attention to if people don’t like the characters I do.

1. Sydney Sage in the Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead. I have heard so many bag on Sydney. Yes, she is not as good as Rose but I still really like her.

2. Cam Briel from Fallen by Lauren Kate. Those who actually like this series seem to disregard him because he is not a real contestant, but he had substance.

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3. Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. They are horrible people, but I like them.

4. Matthew from Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. He is bonkers and I love him.

5. Bella Swan from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. Yes, she is a flop of a character. But, while I am reading the book the only time she actually annoys me is through the love triangle parts. I only ever think about her flaws after I am done enjoying the books.

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Book Review – Looking For Alaska

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Title: Looking For Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 271

Rating: 3 (3.5) Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have to say, I am not following this John Green banned wagon that everyone else besides me seems to be partying on. Besides The Fault In Our Stars, I have not really liked any of his books that I have read. I did round this book up to a 4 star but upon further reflection put it down to a 3 because I have read better things on the 4 scale. I hold up in hope though that when I get to Paper Towns I feel some of the love again.

This review will contain spoilers.

I like the overall plot of this book. We meet this whirlwind of a girl, Alaska, and get swept up in her just over-the-top behaviour and then she dies in a car crash and people are left remember. Our main character Pudge is then left to deal with his feelings for her which never went anywhere other than one stolen kiss the night before she dies. Because in his mind he had built her up to this wonderful goddess like creature, and then after her death he realises she was not as perfect as he was making her out to be.

This is the part I like. The dealing with the realistic aspects of human nature, how we are generally not all good and bad, and just because you may love someone, or that someone has died, doesn’t change those things and we need to remember and love them despite those aspects. The parts of the plot which were very generic and cliché to ‘how teenagers act out’ were less than desired though.

I think my biggest issue with this story was the fact that I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Don’t get me wrong, around the middle of the book I was really feeling for them and connect with the struggles they were having, but it was the same kind of feeling that get when I hear a news story about something bad has happened to people I don’t know. It doesn’t last.

For me the writing style was fine. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t so bad I wanted to claw my eyes out either. There were a few things I would call ‘try hard’ where they seemed to be through in there just to try and force the story to be more exciting or edgy and ended up failing. But I did like the last sentence thing that popped up throughout the book. I don’t know if any of them were actually true, but those kind of things I find interesting anyway so I liked the way they were weaved in to help tell the story.

This is the second book from a males perspective that I have read of John Green’s work, and thus far I don’t think I like the male perspectives from him. I loved TFIOS, but I hated An Abundance of Katherines, and this fell in the middle. Does he have more books from a girls perspective? I would like to pick one of those up next if he does to see if that makes a difference, or if TFIOS is just on its own.

I would recommend this book to people who have read other John Green books and have liked them so that they can see where he has come from, because I believe this was his first book, correct me if I am wrong though. If you have read a few Green books though and haven’t really been interested in what was going on I would give this book a miss.

 

Till Next Time…