Last week I was having a pretty bad time, and by Friday I was tired and not in the mood to read anything too serious or challenging. I ended up stopping in at Waterstones on the way home and picking up these four YA novels, which seemed like a good fit for my mood at the time. This turned out to be a good idea, because by Saturday I had come down with a horrible cold, so I spend most of my long weekend just lying around, reading this selection of novels.
The two John Green books are both rereads for me. I originally read most of his books on my Kindle, which is now more-or-less kaput, but I spotted that these were on the “buy one, get one half price” offer so I picked them up. I enjoyed them, they were both exactly the sort of book I was in the mood to read at the time. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a fun story, and I think Paper Towns is one of my favourite of John Green’s novels.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book that has had a lot of hype recently on Tumblr and BookTube, so I was interested to pick it up, but I ended up pretty disappointed. It was an interesting enough story, I read it all in one go, but I really didn’t care that much for the characters, and the resolution of the mystery was not that great.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz was probably my favourite of the books I read this weekend. It was a nice, straightforward YA relationship story, but I loved the characters and it was very well written. It reminded me of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and that is one of my favourite YA books that I’ve read recently.
Overall, these books were mostly enjoyable, and definitely the right sort of thing for me to read this weekend. I am feeling a bit better now and looking forward to getting stuck into some longer fantasy series, but I’m sure I’ll have another YA reading spell at some point.
I recently finished reading Paper Towns by John Green. The narrator is a high school student named Quentin who has a crush on his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she shows up at his window and takes him on an adventure around town. The next day she disappears, leaving some clues behind about where she has gone. Quentin becomes obsessed with tracking her down, with the help of his friends.
The book is a bit far away from my usual tastes - I normally only read YA if it crosses into my preferred genre of science fiction. So I wouldn’t really have chosen to read this book up until recently when I got caught up in nerdfighteria and decided that I should check out at least one of John Green’s books. My choice of this one was rather arbitrary, it came up first in the Kindle store when I was searching for him!
I did enjoy the book though, more so perhaps than I had expected I would. It was very well written with interesting characters, and I loved the mystery aspect of the plot. I can definitely see why John Green is so highly acclaimed. Indeed, I will probably read another of his novels (not sure which one yet) in the near future, because I liked this one a lot and I would like to see what else he has done.