Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



The fault in our stars / John Green.


Title: The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books

Release Date: 1st edition (January 10, 2012)

Format: Library copy/audiobook

Rating: 9 out of 10


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.


Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

—Synopsis courtesy of


The Fault In Our Star 



I was a little late jumping on the bandwagon of The Fault in Our Stars. I’m usually not one to read what is popular, but rather what appeals to me content-wise. There was about a 10% chance that I would read a book about cancer, and less so one about kids with cancer. As many people have been touched by the hands of cancer, it still is a difficult subject to think about and talk about, let alone read about.


The Fault in Our Stars - John Green ♡|| Agustus Waters is such a perfect character

This was my second venture into listening to audiobooks, as I felt a greater sense of story while listening to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater than the first time I read it. So I felt that I should try The Fault in Our Stars in audio book format, as I could multi-task while listening.

However, John Green’s words had other plans for me.

The Fault in Our Stars


The Fault in Our Stars was engaging and witty, sharp-tongued and unique. I adored the way Augustus called her “Hazel Grace” instead of just “Hazel.” I was surprised with the sincerity that John Green wrote Hazel’s character, and the honesty of Augustus’s life and metaphors. There was a true appreciation of young adults in this novel that is hard to find, and John Green does it perfectly. He wrote two extremely smart teenagers that were realistic and three-dimensional. Young adults are the intellectuals of our generation. They feel everything and say what they mean with earnestness. This book tore at my emotions, something books are rare to do for me, and I do think that this was enhanced by the wonderful performance given by narrator Kate Rudd.


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This was the very first book I’ve read/listened to by John Green, and I can’t be more excited for the movie version of The Fault in Our Stars to be released in June 2014.


 This poster! :D



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THE DREAM THIEVES Blog Tour: Guest Post


An interesting read about young Maggie Stiefvater’s journey through mythology at her childhood library, and coincidentally my childhood library as well.

Whimsically Yours

Hello Everyone!  It’s a very rainy, New England day over here which doesn’t help to improve my Monday spirits.  However as a plus, well…as a major plus, I have the honor of participating in Maggie Stiefvater’s “mini” blog tour for THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle, #2)!!!

Oh, and be sure to read the amazing guest post (the perfect post for a lifelong mythology buff/nerd like myself)…on the mythology in the book!



The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of…

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Book Review: The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg


The Year We Were Famous

By Carole Etsby Dagg

Age Range: 12 and up 
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (April 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0618999833
ISBN-13: 978-0618999835


With their family home facing foreclosure, seventeen-year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to raise a lot of money fast—no easy feat for two women in 1896. Helga wants to tackle the problem with her usual loud and flashy style, while Clara favors a less showy approach. Together they come up with a plan to walk the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek, Washington, to New York City—and if they can do it in only seven months, a publisher has agreed to give them $10,000. Based on the true story of the author’s great-aunt and great-grandmother, this is a fast-paced historical adventure that sets the drama of Around the World in Eighty Days against an American backdrop during the time of the suffragist movement, the 1896 presidential campaign, and the changing perception of “a woman’s place” in society.

Synopsis and Publishing Information Courtesy of


The Year We Were Famous is an unusual story, about a period of time that has lain forgotten for many years. Near the turn of the century, it chronicles the spirit of the frontier during the time of the Suffragist movement.


Clara and her mother’s journey is based on the author’s own family members, who took pedestrianism to new heights by walking from Spokane, Washington to New York City with only five dollars and the clothes on their backs. They didn’t do it merely as a publicity stunt, they did it to save their farm because of the debts piling up after several bad harvests.


Clara’s voice was unique, simple, and spoke of the true meaning of the frontier: survival. While it was her mother’s idea to walk across the U.S., it was Clara’s journey of finding what she wanted to do with her life that really dominated the trip.


Faced with trials and tribulations straight out of a Gary Paulsen novel, The Year We Were Famous is a true gem in the Young Adult genre. I only wish more of the story was there, but alas, Clara and her mother never did write the book they set out to do at the beginning. And with their deaths, a part of their story died with them too.

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Book Review: “Catherine” by April Lindner


Catherine by April Lindner

Source: Library

Publisher: Poppy

Year: 2013

Rating: 9.5 (out of 10)


 A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?


Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years — a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her — starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

Synopsis courtesy of

Like Jane, this new volume from April Lindner is full of intrigue, mystery and romance. Her stunning prose easily transports you into the world of post-post punk era New York City. Instead of the Moors of Yorkshire, the places where the protagonists Catherine and Hence meet are equally as beautiful, even in their quiet simplicity.

The voice of Catherine herself is assured, meaningful, and trustworthy, as if nothing she did had an ulterior motive other than being true to herself. Hence’s dark, brooding character is more relatable than Bronte’s Heathcliff, and he and Catherine fit together perfectly in a jigsaw puzzle way. Told by two different narrators, that of Catherine and her daughter Chelsea, the way the story unfolded with these dual narrations built the tension without jumping too much forward like the furious pacing of James Patterson. I did feel however, that the tragic, desperate love of Heathcliff and Catherine was toned down in Catherine, but thankfully left out the creepiness of the original Heathcliff character.



Ms. Lindner’s last novel, Jane, introduced readers to her unorthodox way of re-imagining Jane Eyre. It was met with rave reviews, but with Catherine out on shelves now, I believe Catherine could surpass the already-high bar that Ms. Lindner set with Jane.

Catherine did its job. It’s gripping from the first chapter, has a killer cover, and built the characters and plot in a satisfactory way that haunted me from its matter-of-fact opening to its stunning, ghost-ridden conclusion.  


A great interview with Veronica Roth!


 Interview withVeronica Roth, debut author of Divergent


 Q: The editor’s letter at the beginning of the book says you pulled your share of all-nighters in college to write Divergent. Did you find you were being pulled to the story by the characters or the plot?


A: I was pulled in by Tris. I was fascinated by her voice, and I first wanted to create the circumstances in which that voice emerged, and then see what she could tell me about what was happening in her world. So most of the time, it was her pulling me to the story, but often it was the world itself. I was interested in exploring exactly what virtues are and how human nature twists them from something good to something evil.


Q: What made you feel that dystopian Chicago was the perfect place for this story to be told?


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Black Friday for Writers: NANOWRIMO!!!


Let’s face it. November 1st, at the stroke of midnight…the madness begins. The flurry of writers typing away or scribbling hurriedly at their soon-to-be-finished-in-a-month project…It’s that time of year when the Black Friday for writers begins.

National Novel Writing Month takes place every November. The project is simple. Write a book in one month. Not produce a polished, publishable manuscript in a month. Just write a first draft.

Jus Accardo, author of Touch will be stopping by in a few days to give her opinion on NaNoWriMo. But until then, read her extremely funny post about “The Night Before NaNo.”

Shylock Books was recently featured in an article about NaNoWriMo written by the talented Ashley Ruth Wilbourn. The focus of the article was online tools to help writers during this month with writer’s block and inspiration, and specifically mentioned the “Weekly Novel Writing Inspiration” feature. Please share your thoughts on the article in the comments section below!

Let the madness begin!

“Who is 11?” Funding Help!


A friend of mine is trying to raise money for his film! Be an executive producer and head on over to Kickstarter for more info!

Now is the time! We need to raise money or this project DOES NOT happen! We need to raise $2800 in 34 days, which means if we can raise at least $100 a day, we can reach our goal. Here's what you do: 1. Go to this link to reach the "Who is 11?" Kickstarter page. 2. Feel free to take a look at what we're trying to do. 3. On the right side of your screen, click on the green button that says "Ba … Read More

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Find A Girl Who Reads.


StumbleUpon is a writer’s dream resource. I came across this via “The Monica Bird” and realized just how true this really is.
“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”