Thursday, October 21, 2010

Excuse Me While I Hobble Through This...

I'm injured. Just in time for NaNo.
I'm hoping the splinter that recently took up residence in my right ring finger will find a new home by November 1st. Or at the very least MOVE OUT! Who knew a tiny sliver could cause such a ruckus! I'm on antibiotics (which we all know I hate taking, especially when they are the size of a house) and I had to get a Tetanus shot!
A shot! The AGONY! This whole experience has got me thinking I should invest in a nice pair of gloves. The anti-splinter kind.


On to the book review.

Yes. I know. I'm a bit late on this fan-wagon. BUT!! I am here to say that John Green is awesome. Looking For Alaska is the kind of book that makes you stop and think, huh, should I really be a writer? Cuz if people like John Green are out there writing books the rest of us are just going to look bad. Yep. That's exactly what I was thinking the whole way through this book and after I finished it and also right now while I'm typing this with my handicapped finger.
And this was his first book!
To say this book was good is like saying the sun is bright. I mean, seriously! I had to read the first chapter out loud to my husband —who loves it when I do this btw — and even my 4-year-old daughter in the backseat was like, "what story is that, Momma?"
She recognizes beauty when she hears it.
And this book was beautiful in the way that honesty and sincerity and thought provoking, life affirming questions are beautiful. And real.
It's disturbing and heartbreaking and the MC is a teenage boy, which I usually don't get into, but I did! I loved him! He wasn't perfect or sparkly. He was real.
Real. Real. Real.
And just beautiful.
John Green, I am now going to read every single one of your books cause I think you're brilliant.
And I like the way you think.
Even though you discourage me on the writing front.

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