The Fault in our Stars

The fault in our stars

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Bought this on a whim somewhat foolishly after seeing that it was doing well in the charts and although I read it to the conclusion, I was disappointed.

The book follows two pretentious teenagers that seem to take great pleasure in the fact that they are so intelligent. The way that the characters interact with each other and the world merely stands to make them thoroughly unbelievable as characters as they simply do not behave like real life people do. It makes it seem as if the author is trying to show off how intelligent and brilliant he is by throwing in these deep meaningful and analytical conversations between the two main characters.

The book also deliberately throws in these ‘heart breaking’ occurrences that merely irritate the reader as oppose to cause them to well up with sadness. It actually eventually made me dislike both parties by the end of the novel. What was the most ‘throw up in your mouth’ cringeworthy was the sex scene where the author appears to have neglected to acknowledge that a string of chemo and radiotherapy is likely to have rendered both characters infertile and mentions ‘awkward condomy moments’ which feels like he is trying to keep parents happy as he promotes safe sex. It again, completely detracted from any realism with this book. The fact that she attempts to use the word ‘condomy’ is completely at odds with her usual poetic self.

My advice is to see that this book is aimed at a mainly female young teen audience and to avoid it if you do not fit into that category.

Ben

2 star

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The Red Queen

The Red Queen

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

This was a quick purchase at Heathrow airport on my way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as I needed a book for my 12+ hours of travel and I didn’t fancy carrying my current read, Wolf Hall.

I saw Philippa Gregory and I knew I would be in safe water, little did I know that the water was so safe it was placid. This book seemed to have all the right components, a strong heroine, an exciting time period, war and love. But after trudging through the book I was more than disappointed, I was embarrassed for Philippa.  It is so poorly written, with constant repetition. Always repeating. Everything is repeated several times and Gregory gave me absolutely no credit, in fact I can only presume she assumed I and the rest of her readership are dim and incompetent.

I simply do not understand where this book came from, did she actually write it herself or commission it out to be written on her behalf.

Whatever, see the link below for a full review on the plot. But take my advice, avoid this one.

Bah…..

2 star

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie

A book that was constantly being recommended to me, so, I have finally gotten around to reading it (sort of).  The story began well, I was beginning to feel engrossed. However, there were two factors that irritated me tremendously; the first being that the book was originally a play. Therefore, the narrative is never really that clear, and there were moments where I felt the book really needed the reaction of the audience to carry it through. The second point being the target audience – children. The writing style is short and to the point and there is rarely an elaboration, tolerable to an extent. Except, when the writer decides to add in anything he pleases, randomly, to help the story along…..so frustrating, and ultimately my downfall. I only read this book up to 82% of the way through. I tried so hard, but in the end Barrie lost me. I was lost amongst the lost boys themselves.

A much darker story than the Disney remake, with strange adult/child relationships and child/child sexualisation (Wendy and Peter, Peter and Tiger Lily…).

I don’t think you will be missing much if you bypass this story. There are far better classics in the literary world.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No

The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No by Tracey Engelbrecht

A quick Kindle download to pass the time. An interesting book, clearly a good story to be told, and I respect her bravery in deciding to put life story to paper. However, the very colloquial writing style irritated me.

The story of a 15 year old mum taking on the world and it’s judging looks.

My heart tells me I should recommend the book because of her hard work and determination, but my brain says………..don’t do it. (sorry)

However, I have given this book a 3star (as opposed to my previous 2) because I did enjoy it and read it quickly. I think I am being harsh and reviewing the book against the classic literature that I enjoy. So, Tracey, I have upped your stars!

 

The Behaviour of Moths

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The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

An enigma, to say the least. Obviously a lot of people have enjoyed, but it confused me. If you like a different style of writing combined with a seemingly bland storyline (emphasise on seemingly) then give this a go….?