RTW: Best Read of August

This Week’s Topic is: 

What was the best book you read in August?

It’s the end of August already? That month just flew by. I had to go and check my Goodreads account to see what I’d actually read this month. Turns out, quite a bit. There are three books tied for ‘best’ this month, although all three have their shortcomings.

My first John Green read ever. I loved the premise of this book and the fact that two authors wrote two separate characters. The voice of the characters is superb. The story itself kept me amused, curious, interested and annoyed the whole way through thanks to a cast of flawed characters that all had their own arcs. The ending absolutely destroyed this book for me. I wish it had ended a chapter before it did. Not sure who’s to blame, Levithan or Green, but that ending is truly saccharine and somewhat nauseating.

 

 

 

 

The title attracted me to this story. I just knew it would have something to do with Poe and I’m a huge fan of old Edgar Allan Horrible. While this book certainly isn’t shy of stereotyped characters (pretty blonde, cheerleader; brooding goth with dyed black hair; jerk jock boyfriend) the Poe element saves this story and elevates it out of the potential quagmire of high school set YA mediocrity. It’s a little long but the descriptive passages when the characters are in Poe’s nightmarish alternate reality are a real treat.

 

 

 

 

My second John Green read and I loved it. Great characters, great setting and some really superb, acerbic prose. Definitely a classic that should be on most teenage shelves. While I do find the male characters in Green’s writing to be a tad on the teary and melodramatic side, I still loved this story. I know this book has been banned and considered inappropriate for younger audiences, but I think Green handles first sexual fumblings rather well. As for the swearing and under age drinking, I’m sure that’s a fairly genuine depiction of modern teenage life.

 

 

Read anything outstanding in August?

 

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  • Crystal

    ALASKA was my first John Green, and I thought it was fantastic. It’s definitely a classic-in-the-making. I’ve never heard of NEVERMORE, though. Love Poe, so now I’m intrigued…

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I should’ve read Alaska first perhaps. Paper Towns will be my next JG read.

      The reason I read Nevermore was for the Poe content. It doesn’t disappoint.

  • Juliana Haygert

    I have a confession to make: I read Looking for Alaska and didn’t really like it. Granted, I couldn’t find anything bad about it, but it just didn’t click, you know … But I totally respect the fans of the book … and I know there are MANY!
    Nevermore is on my TBR list for a long while. Might have to correct that.
    Thanks!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I think Green’s style either works for the reader or doesn’t. I like his style a lot. Nevermore was great and the sequel is due out soon 🙂

  • Xaniver

    I know Green’s reputation which is why I read both these books. I’ll definitely read more by him but I prefer my boys stoic and not so sniveling 😛

  • Rachael

    I adore Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. But my first (and favorite) John Green novel was Paper Towns. Love him!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Paper Towns is the next book on my John Green TBR list 🙂

  • The only John Green I’ve read thus far is AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES and I found it only ‘meh’. I have LOOKING FOR ALASKA on my TBR shelf upstairs. Might have to get to that one soon. Thanks for your honest thoughts on these books! 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be reading the Katherine story – just doesn’t appeal to me. Alaska is toted as a classic though so I kind of had to read it.

  • This month I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I loved it, and it made me cry. I have not heard of Will Grayson, but it sounds fascinating.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Will Grayson has a very interesting premise. TFIOS is on my TBR list 🙂

  • Samantha

    I still haven’t read any John Green but The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska are high on my list. I read on one of the other RTW about Will Grayson Will Grayson which seems to be a combination book ….. awesome post 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Thank you 🙂 I think TFIOS will have to be bumped up my TBR list.