Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Friday Finds (May 17)

 

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

This book has been on my TBR list for a while now and the author just informed me that it is now released as a Kindle book so I downloaded it and it is now on my TBR soon list!

Product Details  Mary gets a new classmate named Jonathan who’s a great baseball player and to get on the team, he needs Mary’s help to improve his grades. Six months later when she learns she’s moving, she decides to give him something special–a first kiss.

Moving into her new home she soon discovers it has a ghost named George, her age, who takes her on numerous trips to the past of a hundred years ago. As she meets children her own age, everyone teases her about her house being haunted, but no one will go inside.

Mary likes his help doing her math homework, writing her reports, and taking her back in time. George and Mary’s interaction grows and she eventually gives him a quick peck on his lips while they’re in the past, which is the only place George is a real boy, for having done something special for her.

Can Mary kiss George again at the special date and time he needs to be kissed? What happens afterwards if she does? The answers are all in the book!

I am very excited about this book and I will post a review as soon as I complete it.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Published Jan 2012 by Dutton Juvenile.  CDN $15.99 Kindle Edition.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumors tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (Goodreads excerpt)

Let me start off by saying this is not the kind of book I normally read. I prefer fantasy or sci fi or something with magic and weird stuff going on. Having said that my daughter told me I absolutely had to read this and we often like the same stuff so I gave it a try. I am really glad I did.

The writing style of John Green was such that I was truly able to get into the story and empathize fully with Hazel. I enjoyed her character immensely. She was fun and quick and full of life. Her insight was much older than her years but this was explained with the fact that she got her GED early and is taking University courses. She is a very likable character and I was dreading anything bad happening to her.
Augustus is awesome and so much her equal the interaction between the two was fantastic. I really enjoyed the story and was blown away with the twist in the end. I won’t give anything away but suffice it to say my emotions overwhelmed me.

What I enjoyed most about the book was how deeply Augustus loved his Hazel Grace. It wasn’t the fact that he told her, it was the fact that he showed her through his actions., especially the gesture at the end of the story. (Again no spoiler). For two people so young to feel so much for another person is not normally believable, but in this story I believed every word through their actions.

Truly amazing book! 5 stars for me.