Looking for Alaska

Sorry I have not posted for so long! But I am going to try and make my posts regular. Hopefully. But enough apologizing, I have a new author obsession. And that author is the extraordinary John Green.

A year or two ago I read a book called Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have since read books by David Levithan (check out his book Everyday. You’ll love it, I promise you!), but none by John Green. A few of my friends have recently read “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green and loved it. Well, I went into a bookstore the other day looking for “The Fault In Our Stars”, but they did not have it, so instead I bought “Looking for Alaska”.

As soon as I started reading it I was hooked. I believe that if any other author wrote it I would have found it boring, but the way John Green writes is really intriguing. His characters are so unique and have so much depth to them that I could not stop reading! His writing is so detailed and he uses all these fancy words that you would not usually find in books for teenagers. Okay, so I guess you can probably tell that I am in love with the book! I probably should stop rambling on about John Green’s writing techniques and start reviewing the book!

Miles Halter has left his friendless life in Florida. He is seeking the “great perhaps” and hopes he finds it at his father’s old boarding school in Alabama. It is there that he meets and befriends his room mate Chip Martin, or “the Colonel” as he is called. The Colonel then introduces him to Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up and utterly fascinating, Miles could not be more in love with her. But when tradgedy strikes, Miles discovers the pain of living and loving unconditionally.

This book was amazing and I give it a nine out of ten. I recommend you go and read it RIGHT NOW! I am now going to try and get my hands on as many John Green books as I can! And now I better stop rambling on and go and do my history assignment that I am meant to be doing, but instead am procrasting by blabbing on about John Green. How is it that I can write over four hundred words about a book, but can not even write a paragraph on my assignment that is meant to be at least five hundred words? Okay, Heidi, you can shut up now. I think your nonexistant readers have got the messsage about John Green by now.
Okay, I am definitely going now! Go read the book! I shall review “The Fault In Our Stars” afer I read it!
Happy Easter and happy reading!
Lots of love,

The Convent

Sorry I haven’t written in so long! The schoolholidays have just been and I was away for most of them. But I read a heap of books whilst I was away, so I have plenty to review! Today I shall be reviewing a book called The Convent, by Maureen McCarthy.

Everything is going well for nineteen year-old Peach. She is attending university, has great friends and has just gotten a summer job at a cafe in the old Abbotsford Convent. But when she starts work, she realises that a large amount of her family history happened in the convent. She discovers more about her mother, who gave her up at birth, her grandmother and her mother.

I always enjoy reading Maureen McCarthy’s books, and this was no exception. It had twists and turns and lots of surprises in the plot. I give it seven out of ten.
Happy Reading!

The Chosen One

No, I am definitely not talking about Harry Potter! (as much as I do like to yab on about dear old Harry!) I am talking about a completely different but totally excellent novel by Carol Lynch Williams. I recently read it in an afternoon and loved it and I’m sure all you guys will to! It was shocking and sad, but it was very inspirational. (even though it was a work of fiction!)

Kyra has never questioned the fact that she lives in an isolated community, her dad has three wives and she has twenty siblings. She has to live under the strict rules enforced by “The Prophet”, leader of the cult.
Kyra has started to rebel against the cult. She reads forbidden books and sneaks out to see Joshua, the boys she hopes to marry, instead of having a husband chosen for her. But when the Prophet decides that her future is being the seventh wife of her sixty-year-old uncle, Kyra has to make the heart-wrenching choice of leaving her family and becoming free.

This was a shocking book about how far people go for their religion and what cult life is really like. It will make you realize how good it is to be free. I give this book 8/10.
Happy Reading!

Should Books Have Ratings?

Movies have ratings, so why shouldn’t books? When I was about 10 or 11, I had red most of the stuff in the kids section of the library, so I started reading books from the young adult section. It got rather alarming when my 10 year-old self suddenly found herself in the middle of a really raunchy scene.

I noticed that the CHERUB books had “not suitable for younger readers” written on them, which I thought was a pretty good idea. Even of the books had G (no one over the age of ten would probably read them, haha), PG, M, MA and in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey, R. Although we would probably sit there reading with our thumb over the rating sign, so our parents can’t see that we are reading a book that is rated MA!

With books getting more raunchy, book ratings might actually be a thing of the future. (that is if books don’t die out. Which they better not!)

Books that should totally be made into movies

Have you ever read a book and thought that it should be made into a movie? Well, today I am going to write a list that Hollywood should DEFINITELY take a look at!

-the CHERUB series, by Robert Muchamore. This series of movies would be action packed and not to mention hilarious!
-the Trylle trilogy, by Amanda Hocking. It would take movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels to a whole new level of soppiness!!!
-Mounatain Wolf, by Rosanne Hawke. Even though they would probably never find a child whose parents would let them act in some of the scenes,it would make everyone cry and the people who don’t read books realize that there are some really sick things going on in this world that not all of us know about.
-Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Piccoult. It would have an impressive shooting scene in it, plus it would be really sad. It would give My Sister’s Keeper a run for its money. It would also have many twists and turns and keep the viewers interested.

I would love to watch these movies and see if they stayed true to the book. I shall have to see if we will be seeing a movie version of these fabby books anytime soon!

Looking For Alibrandi

Author: Melina Marchetta
Pages: 261
Year of Publication: 1992
Publisher: Penguin
Awards Received: 1993 CBC Book of the Year, Multicultural Book of the Year, the Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA)and the Variety Club Young People’s category of the 3M talking book of the year award. Also highly commended in the NSW Family Therapy Awards and shortlisted in 1996 for the German Prize of Youth Literature award.

I have recently reread a superb book called Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. (I was sick, so I read about three books that day!)Even though it was my second time reading it, I was still so drawn into the story. Even though it had no action scenes in it, the power of Marchetta’s writing drew me in and made me feel like I was part of the story.

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and trying to find where she stands in life. As the only child of a single mother, she has never met her father. She has an overbearing Italian grandmother who nags and lives in the past. Throughout the book Josie discovers the truth about her past and what family means to her. She learns to accept her culture and not to care what anyone thinks.

This was an amazing book that explores the culture and teenage life of the nineties. I am pretty sure it is studied in year ten at school in Australia, so for all my Australian readers out there, you will most likely have to read it anyway! I give this stunning debut novel 9/10 out of ten. (Josie’s whinging got to me after a little while!)The other book of Melina Marchetta’s that I really liked was Saving Francesca, which I will review at some point.
Happy Reading!

Mama’s Song

Book: Mama’s Song
Author: Ben Beaton
Pages: 199
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Date of Publication: 2009

hello! I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And vair vair excited to review my next book! But first I shall tell you a little bit about what I have been doing in the past two weeks.

As stated in my previous post, I went on a holiday to Bali and saw and did many amazing things. I’m from a small town in far-west New South Wales, so just seeing how different Bali was to Australia and my home was unreal. People on the streets tried to get you into their market stores where you had to haggle for the price of things. Then when you got out into the villages and saw all the rice fields and old woman carrying about 10 kilograms on their heads! There were no road rules and everyone rode around on scooters. Basically a scooter is the family car, often with up to four or five people on one! So, it was an experience thatbi will never forget!

Now, onto reviewing my latest read. This afternoon I went to the library and borrowed ten books. One of them was Mama’s Song, by Ben Beaton. This book had a mention in my previous post as the book I read a rather large amount of times on my last big
holiday. Well, today I must have thought that reading it again wouldn’t hurt, so I gave been lying in my bed and have finished it in one sitting!

Georgina, or “George”, as she prefers to be called, has been trying to rebel against her parents idea of a perfect daughter for a long time. Going out to parties, drinking and almost getting kicked out of school, she finds herself pregnant. Her mother tries to make her give up the baby, but that isn’t what George wants. Despite her crumbling family and lack of support, George escapes, so she can be the best mother she can be for her unborn child.

A stunning debut novel about finding yourself, believing in yourself and a mothers love for her child. I give this book 9/10.

What to read whilst on a holiday

Sorry I have not updated in quite a while, but I have been very busy doing….. stuff.

I am about to head off on a trip to Bali, so I am debating on what books to pack. LAst time I went on a plane I had to take about ten books out of carry-on bag, as it would have weighed too much! I had about two books in the end and read one of them about three times the whole trip! Seeing as I shall be going for two whole weeks, that equals about five books!!!!!!!!

Two books that I will be reading are the second and third books in the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. The first book in the series is called Switched, the second Ascend and the third Torn. My mothe bought them for me, but won’t give them to me until we go, which is very annoying!!! Often I don’t like trilogies very much, as you get all excited and then it finishes!!!! Kind of like a big marketing scheme to make us buy more books! But this trilogy is alright. Slightly cheesy and has a rather large amount of product placement in it. Spoiler: it is about trolls. I give Switched 6/10.

Some other books I might grab off my bookshelf at the last minute are That’s Why I Wrote This Song by Susanne Gervay (one of my FAVOURITE authors!), Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors and Winter by John Marsden (which might be my next review. I’ll just have to check to see if I have already reviewed it or not!!) Oh and 50 Shades of Grey! (no, just kidding! I don’t think my mother will let me near her copy!!! I know everyone has been cracking 50 Shades of Grey jokes, but I couldn’t resist making one!!)

So, I might write some more posts tonight, or else you will hear from me again in two weeks!!!

Happy Reading!
Lots of love!