Teen Read '09 Books

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart Evernight, by Claudia Gray Graceling, by Kristin CashoreThe Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Impossible, by Nancy Werlin The Inkheart Trilogy, by Cornelia Funke Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow Nation, by Terry Pratchett Paper Towns, by John Green Savvy, by Ingrid Law What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell

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I was looking forward to the release of this book last year since I loved Green's earlier novel, Looking for Alaska. However, I was very disappointed by Paper Towns; I may be in the minority on this, though!

Margo was not a likeable character, and Q's journey to 'find her' got boring. I just didn't feel very connected to the Paper Towns characters. Consequently, I didn't care if Margo was found or what would happen with her friendship w/Q!

I agree that Looking for Alaska is the better of the two. But, I should say that Looking for Alaska is my absolute favorite book! I still liked Paper Towns. I found them quite similar in a lot of ways. I have talked to a few people who read Paper Towns first and liked it better than Alaska. I wonder if it depends on which one you read first? Any thoughts out there? Which is better, Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns?

Personally, I got into John Green just this summer through Nerdfighters which someone introduced to me. I read Looking for Alaska first, and I really liked it, and it really made me feel something inside.

I agree with what was said above about how Paper Towns was boring and... unfeeling compared to Alaska. I don't think that was because of the order in which I read them, but the main characters. There was practically no build-up to the prank which led to everything else immediately. I felt that this caused no real insight to the characters.

But, I think John Green still has major talent and I hope he writes many more to come!$

This is one great book that can be enjoyed by everyone, and not just teens. Another good one by the same author is The Abundance of Katherines. I read this one online.

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