Thursday, 30 July 2015

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

Simon Spier is just another typical teenage boy with a few of problems. Problem one, he’s gay and while being gay is not a problem to Simon, nor to those around him the ‘big deal’ of being gay and ‘coming out’ is a problem; Simon just can’t deal with the fuss everyone will make. So Simon is effectively in the closet. Problem number two, he’s in love. Once again it’s not so much the being in love that is the problem but rather than he is in love with a boy he has never met and only knows as Blue. Problem three, friends. Boy girl relationships are making his social life harder and Simon just doesn’t know how to deal. Problem four, Simon is being blackmailed help the class clown get a date with his friend or have his sexuality and secret love life revealed to the whole world. Life is a balancing act and Simon is about to learn that sometimes you’ll drop the ball.

A funny and heart-warming coming of age story. I absolutely loved this book, it was wonderful. While it had many elements of a coming of age/ love story I was really hooked into this book by the mystery of Blue; a mystery that was deepened by the fact that like Simon I had no clue who he was either. Simon is a beautiful character (well done to Albertalli for writing a realistic gay male protagonist-we need more male protagonists in YA) who just jumps out of the page and into your heart. He is smart, endearing, and honest. I really found him to be so relatable and at points was shaking my head in agreement with his assessments. The mystery of Blue was also a intriguing plot line that kept me turning the pages as well as the fact that in the end Simon falls in love with the personality of Blue rather than the physical person Blue. My only critique would be that I would have loved to have seen more exploration of the character Leah; she as a character really stood out to me and I felt there was a lot to explore in terms of her relationship with Simon. However this critique is nit-picking.

A feel good read, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda will leave you smiling. It’s a wonderful mix of teen angst, romance, mystery and blackmail that is difficult to put down. Great characters mixed with a seamless plot this book is one NOT to miss, it will definitely be a Best Read of 2015.


Courtney :)

Friday, 17 July 2015

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines’ was published in 2006 by John Green. The general plot of the novel is the protagonist Colin, who is a prodigy, has only ever dated girls by the name of Katherine. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him, and he basically couldn’t stop wallowing. His best friend, Hassan, decides that the best way for him to get his mind off of his Katherine problem, is to go on a road trip. When they arrive in the small rustic town of Gutshot, they have adventures; make memories, so on and so fourth.

Now, I have read John Green’s other work. The fault in our stars, Paper towns and looking for Alaska, but for some reason, I much preferred this book above all the others. I completely enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and I actually regard it as one of my favourite novels. Colin is one of those main characters that you hate because he’s so egotistical, yet in the end you’re still rooting for him anyways because he’s the good guy. I really enjoyed the humour in the novel and it actually ended up being very educational; I learned a lot of things about The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand that I wasn’t aware of before. But the one liners and character development are really great and the book had just enough romance to make me happy.

By the end of the book I was feeling so many different emotions, but I was quite satisfied by the ending. Definitely a recommended read.
Shannon, 15
NAR, Work Experience Student


Friday, 10 July 2015

Paper Towns


If you loved the John Green book Paper Towns check out the clip for the movie below.






Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Batman Endgame


Title: Batman Endgame
Author/Artist: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Tell us about it: It is an awesome story! A sequel to the Batman: Death of the Family story and refers back to the Court of Owls. There are exciting appearances to most of the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Aquaman). This enthralling story also reveals a few secrets about the one and only Joker.

You might like this if you like......: Batman, Scott Snyder's work, Greg Capullo's art and like great experiences.


Wasiul

 
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