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Turtles All the Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.  So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Picket’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying.  She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths.  Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.

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An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine.  And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.  Nineteen times, to be exact.  On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines.  Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship and avenge Dumpees everywhere, and may finally win him the girl.

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Paper Towns: The Movie

If you want to check out my book review, click here.

Hands down, I loved this movie.  Cara Delevigne was an amazing Margo.  Q’s road trip with Ben, Radar, Lacey (and Angela) was hilarious.  And Ansel Elgort’s appearance as the gas station clerk?  Perfect.  That made the movie for me.  They did change the ending,  but I liked it.  It was almost better that way.

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Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar.  So when she cracks open a window and crawls into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.  After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to find that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.  But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him.  Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew …

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The Fault in Our Stars

As the title suggests, I just saw The Fault in Our Stars, based on the book by John Green. If you haven’t read it, here it is without spoiling: It’s a love story about two terminal cancer patients, Hazel Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). They meet at a cancer support group in a church that they call “The Literal Heart of Jesus.” Augustus immediately has a crush on Hazel, but initially she doesn’t want to go further than friends. Hazel and Gus exchange books. Hazel has Gus read “An Imperial Affliction,” and Gus recommends one of his books. I can’t remember what it was called. Their mutual frustration over the end of “An Imperial Affliction” leads Hazel and Augustus to track down answers from the author himself.

I was a bit rusty because I haven’t read the book in a while, but from what I remember, the movie was accurate. I absolutely LOVED Hazel’s room. Like, can I move into that set? She had a bookshelf around her headboard. For someone who is running out of space for all her books, I was jealous. Also, I don’t remember Hazel having a dad in the book, but in the movie she did. Either way, I don’t object because he was good looking.

But I wasn’t just looking at the actors. The movie captured the book really well. I do have to wonder, though, how they dealt with Augustus’s prosthetic leg. As far as I know, Ansel Elgort has two perfectly good legs. The only time they showed his bad leg, both Hazel and Gus were laying in bed. It was probably a leg double or fake leg. All in all, I recommend it. I don’t usually cry at movies, but your results may vary. Bring tissues just in case.