Saturday, May 19, 2012

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green
3.5 Stars  
Margo Roth Spiegelman has been 17 year old Quentin's crush for a long time; she lives next door, used to be his childhood friend, and they both go to the same school. However, they're in different cliques, and travel in different circles, although Quentin suspects that Margo is the sole reason why his band stopped being the school's bully target.

One night Margo climbs through Quentin's window and demands he accompany her - in his car - in order for her to finish accomplishing 11 items on her list. He agrees, although he isn't told what exactly it is that Margo intends to do.

After their spree, he looks forward to seeing Margo at school but finds out that she ran away from home. Because she had turned 18, she isn't considered missing, and her parents have had enough of her disappearances, and do not bother looking for her (I found that unrealistic, but it didn't really take away from the story for me).

Quentin's sees it as his mission to find Margo and enlists his friends for help. Margo usually leaves clues when she runs away and Quentin is set on finding her. He becomes obsessed with the thought and tries to crack the few clues she left behind, one of them being papertowns -fictitious towns. This part of the story was kind of slow, but otherwise, I enjoyed reading my second Green book. It was less dramatic than Looking for Alaska, but quite enjoyable.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweetshop of Dreams

Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
3 Stars
This was the perfect book to shake me out of my lack of reading stupor (I blame The God of Small Things for that). Rosie Hopkins is an auxiliary nurse who lives in with her boyfriend of 7 years, Gerard, in London. She gets a call from her mother, Angie, who's moved to Australia to be with Rosie's brother's family. Angie tells her that she must pack up and go to her grand aunt, Lillian, who lives in the village of Lipton and runs an old fashioned sweets shop. Lillian has had hip surgery and needs help - and will probably have to move to a home, so Rosie is expected to handle the selling of the shop, and the move to the home.
Mainly set in present day England, the book flits to the 1940s to connect us with Lillian's story as well as Rosie's. Rosie's move to Lipton seems to be exactly what she needs to get perspective on how her life is moving on with Gerard. And Lillian's story - this is where it gets the 'war' tag - is moving. I loved both parts (the past/present) feel of the book.
I was browsing this bookstore that I rarely go to nowadays - it was where I used to get all my books from when I was a kid, when I found this book. I couldn't wait to finish the book that had been taking so much of my time..and this was just perfect for those lazy hazy days, when you're in-between books.
Having sweets at hand will not be such a bad idea whilst reading...