Review #44

Alas! I’m back. It’s been a busy year.

To catch you up: Italy, gelato, stuck in Norway, work, work, work, baking, cello, flute, studying, work, learning another language, not sleeping for 72 hours, “wait… is it really Summer?”, and here we are.

To kick this season off, let’s start with John Green’s newest book, Turtles All the Way Down.

This book is very real. Who am I kidding, all of Green’s books are. But this one in particular was acutely in tune with a different kind of teenage reality. It wasn’t all about love, mystery, or death. It explored mental illness, and in a shockingly vivid way.

At times this book was redundant, and the characters were sometimes frustratingly imperfect. Annoying even. You could almost critique this book for that, but not quite. Because after reading it I realized that it was that way on purpose. We’re surrounded by books filled with perfectly designed character arcs, satisfying endings, good relationships, and solutions. This book was repetitive and flawed because mental illnesses are repetitive and flawed. Green doesn’t need to make his characters pleasant to make them award winning.

At times you will want to scream at Aza to stop thinking about spirals. But I want you to think about how she must feel.

I bet she wants to scream too.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

 

 

Review #9

An Abundance of Katherines¬†is definitely my favorite of John Green’s books. A year ago I was drawn to this novel after reading his other works, but now I re-read it time and time again because of the fascinating math involved and the great story. (Yes, I have tried using the formula, but I’ll have to wait and see if it was right. I hope so). Mr. Green’s depiction of a washed-up child prodigy is hilariously true and I love Colin; he’s gloriously unpopular and obsessed with books just like me. This book has a great message of friendship, love, and laughter that I’ll never want to stop reading, and I absolutely adore every character (except TOC and Katrina… for obvious reasons [obvious only for those that have read this book, sorry]). Whether or not Colin becomes a genius is still unknown, along with whether him and Lindsey work out, so I hope we will be blessed with a sequel. In short, this novel is about finding oneself, sometimes the hard way, and experiencing life as you go with an open heart.

Shoutout to my friend Katherine that I’ve known forev’s: Have you dumped any Colins recently? Just kidding ūüėõ

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #4

The Fault In Our Stars.

This beautifully written novel captures the very idea of infinity: Some infinities are larger than others, but important and wonderful nonetheless. I cried while reading this, even though I am already aware of every happening in the story. That is just how powerful it is. Some people will never come in to contact with sickness, although everyone will come in to contact with death, but some will blissfully be able to ignore that people die from something that is made of them. These people can live their lives without knowing cancer or disease, and maybe without even knowing one that knows it. But as Mr. Green put, “That’s the thing about pain. it demands to be felt.” And whether it is you, or a friend, or family, or a random human on the other side of the earth experiencing the pain of cancer, it’s still¬†someone.¬†So read this book, and if for no other reason read it because it will show you that people can love, laugh, cry, and be depressed even when they are grenades. Because it’s all just a side effect of dying.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

My latest book that I am reading is¬†The Fault in Our Stars by Mr. John Green (he’s awesome). I can’t wait to finish this tragic/comedic love story for a third time!

(This image belongs to http://www.amazon.com/Fault-Our-Stars-John-Green/dp/014242417X)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #3

Warning: SPOILERS

John Green’s first novel Looking for Alaska¬†tells us about life; it’s as simple as that. Jumping into the “Great Perhaps” is possibly the goal for every person on this earth, whether it’s a conscious goal or not.¬†Looking for Alaska¬†not only encourages us to live and experience, but to never underestimate the duality of the world; a cruel yet beautiful thing. Alaska Young pulled Miles¬†into her world of wildness and pranks, allowing for him¬†to go find¬†the Great Perhaps, yet she died and left everyone lost. Something so fantastic and seemingly invincible was taken within a few seconds. In short, this book will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly: think. Everyone after reading this is given a wonderful gift. And that gift is perspective.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

The next book I will be diving into is¬†Looking for Alaska by John Green. I’ve already read this twice before but I can’t help but doing it again. (I might have a problem when it comes to re-reading things…). Nevertheless, I am SUPER excited for this novel! This is definitely the type of book that you sit down to read and then don’t get up until the very last page.

(This image belongs to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looking_for_Alaska)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake