Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Suggestions 2

More great books! Also I just finished rereading the second book on this list.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I love this author and I love this book. The story is about a girl named Hazel who is living with cancer. She meets a boy named Augustus, who is a survivor of osteosarcoma, having lost a leg below the knee, at a support group for teens with cancer. I'm not going to lie. This book will make you cry. But it will also make you laugh. It will make you feel all the feels. Also, I want to be clear this is not a "cancer book". The book is well aware of the reputation of "cancer books" and takes a look at the realities and fictions held within. When you finish I recommend reading Looking for Alaska also by John Green. LFA was his first book, and it deals with many of the same themes as this book. It's something that, having read LFA, I didn't notice in this book (to be fair I hadn't read it in a while), but after reading TFiOS and then rereading LFA I noticed certain things that were similar, and also different takes on similar themes. Both books are beautifully written and deserve to be read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This title makes this book seem like silly fluff, but seriously, there's way more to it than just romance. While this book is a little more "fun" than the above (let's face it any book not about kids with cancer does that) it's still just as meaningful. The premise is that the main character, Anna, is spending her senior year at a French boarding school because her parents think it'll be a good experience. While she's resistant at first, she makes friends, enemies and, yes, falls in love...with a boy who has a girlfriend. And who her best friend has a crush on as well. This book is so funny, and takes so many great twists and turns. There are great friendships, great loves and great Parisian times for all. Seriously just ignore the title, though. When you're done there's also a sequel/companion called (again ignore the title) Lola and the Boy Next Door.

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