MINI REVIEWS (#2)

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TITLE: The Giver
AUTHOR: Lois Lowry
SERIES: The Giver
GENRES: Classics, Fiction, Children
FORMAT: Audiobook
PUBLISHED: June 27th 2006
PUBLISHER: Books on Tape
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What I Think

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook! For me all the little music parts made it even more enjoyable.
The world where they live in is truly something different. They have some milestones to reach and in every different milestone they receive something new. And when they turn 12 they are given their future careers (how easy that would be! you wouldn’t have to think what you want to do for the rest of your life but someone actually decides it for you by observing your choices and all). Jonas is selected to be their next Receiver, the one to hold all the memories, colors and feelings. While no one else has none of the previous. They live in a world that’s all black and white, without feelings such as love for example.
I really liked the story. But as it was near the end and the true colors of the Release was told, I literally cried, while walking to the library with my son. That was just something awful! But I love how all the colors were brought one by one in Jonas’ life, how he started to understand different feelings. I had high hopes for the ending as well but it was just heartbreaking though somehow also happy..

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TITLE: Looking for Alaska
AUTHOR: John Green
GENRES: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
FORMAT: Finnish paperback
PAGES: 323
PUBLISHED: October 19th 2014
PUBLISHER: WSOY
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WHAT I THINK

Looking for Alaska is the first John Green book I’ve read. I was spoiled about the fault in our stars and just watched the movie. That made me cry so bad and that’s what I was expecting from this one too.
This was emotional book but not as heartbreaking though. What happened was totally unexpected! I felt sad but not cry worthy sad.
The writing style is very different from what I’m used to rread. At first I was hoping to have separate chapter’s like usually in books I read. But at some point I just rolled through the blook without really even noticing that.
Looking for Alaska was different and fast read for me but I didn’t connect with any of the characters and that probably is the only negative thought of mine.

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TITLE: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
AUTHOR: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
GENRES: LGBT, Young Adult
FORMAT: Audiobook
PUBLISHED: April 9th 2013
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
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WHAT I THINK

I had a feeling there was something wrong with me. I guess I was a mystery even to myself.”

I really enjoyed listening Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! First of all, this book actually had parents, I mean parents that were actually parenting and there! This is something that is usually missing in YA books, or then there is parents but they aren’t really there.
It’s really important subject this book deals with. Growing up isn’t easy for anyone, we all have our ups and downs, but Aristotle and Dante are dealing with some harder subjects. Especially Aristotle. But I love the way their parents deal with their sons! They love them no matter what.
I really like the writing and the story. Aristotle and Dante both go through normal teenage stuff and something more. And I really liked the fact that they both did figure out their feelings but it wasn’t the same for them both. Dante was the first to do that and he was okay with it, for Aristotle it seemed to be a little harder but he still came through it.

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