The Vlog Brothers Are in NYC (YA Book Events 10/9-10/15)

The turtles are going down this week. John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down will (finally!) release this week and he’ll be in New York City to jump off his tour. It’s been five years since he last released a book so if you can see him this time around you definitely shouldn’t miss it. Green isn’t the only author in town this week, though. Check out the full list of events below!

Monday, October 9

John & Hank Green at Symphony Space (12 & 4 p.m.)

In a special preview event for Turtles All the Way Down, John and Hank Green (also known as the Vlog Brothers) will be doing two small talking events at Symphony Space. Tickets are $15.

Tuesday, October 10

The Town Hall with The Strand: Turtles All the Way Down Tour (7 p.m.)

John Green and special guest Hank Green celebrate the release of John’s newest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. This event is SOLD OUT.

Friday, October 13

An Evening with Sherman Alexie at Symphony Space (7 p.m.)

Join Sherman Alexie and moderator Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Tickets are $17; $14 for members of Symphony Space.

Sunday, October 15

Thalia Kids’ Book Club: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell at Symphony Space (1 p.m.)

Join Cressida Cowell and Claire Legrand (Foxheart) for an afternoon of conversation, art, fun activities, and a reading from The Wizards of Once by Tony Award nominee Emily Skeggs (Fun Home). Tickets are $17; $14 for members.

Teen Panel for The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke at Books of Wonder (4-6 p.m.)

Meet author Katherine Locke as she discusses her new book The Girl with the Red Balloon in conversation with fellow author Lindsay Smith (Dream Strider). Free event.


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Book Review: Let It Snow

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Synopsis from Amazon:

A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge.*

Although the holiday season is now over I couldn’t let that stop me from finally reading this book. Therefore, when I got the email from the library saying I got it I couldn’t wait to read it so I just did.

Although each short story is it’s own story they are all interconnected and take place in the town of Gracetown. Due to a massive snow storm Jubilee, the protagonist of the first story by Maureen Johnson, gets stuck in Gracetown, on her way to Florida to be with her grandparents since her parents are in jail. Yeah, it’s a long story.

Jubilee, who had big plans of spending Christmas with her always busy boyfriend, is devastated that she not only won’t be with her boyfriend but she won’t be with her family either. Thankfully, there’s a nice guy from Target with an overbearing mother there to help get her in the holiday spirit.

The next story is by John Green and although I loved each of these stories, I have to say Green wins it for me. This story follows Tobin and his best friends, the Duke and JP, as they try to make it the Wafflehouse in an effort to spend the night with some cheerleaders. However, due to the massive snow storm this is easier said than done and these three quickly realize sometimes the journey is way more fun than the destination (although the destination is definitely much warmer). Oh, and of course there’s a cute little romance going on as well.

Lastly, is Lauren Myracle’s story, which is the perfect conclusion to the book. Addie is devastated that she’s spending her Christmas alone because she thinks her boyfriend, Jeb, hasn’t forgiven her for the terrible mistake she made. But Addie soon realizes that maybe she hasn’t really been looking at the big picture of what went wrong in their relationship. In an effort to change, Addie tries to step outside herself and care more about the people around her than just her own issues. Also, both couples from the first two stories make an appearance, which is amazingly cute.

Overall, this is the perfect holiday novel to read. Each story is cute, funny, and heartwarming and I’d definitely read it again during the next holiday season.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Christmas is never over,unless you want it to be…Christmas is a state of mind.”

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The TFIOS Trailer is Here! Okay?

Finally after hearing about the movie, seeing John Green vlog about, seeing pics from the set, and the teaser video yesterday, the trailer is here and I couldn’t be any more excited. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is:

I’m am so excited to see this film. First of all, we know Green was pretty involved in it so I feel like they won’t stray too far from the book. From the trailer it looks like they stay pretty faithful which is awesome.

Second, I have to give credit where it’s due and Shailene Woodley is a boss. I’ll be the first to admit that I had my doubts because of her involvement in The Secret of the American Teenager but she truly is a great actress and this is just another indication that we need to stop judging actors based solely on one of their roles. I’ve heard good things about Woodley before but I didn’t really believe it until I saw her in the trailer for this and Divergent (she must like books). Either way I think this was great casting. Not only with Woodley but also with Ansel Elgort as a Augustus and Nat Wolff as Isaac. Good job everyone.

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Lastly, this movie is definitely going to be a killer. I almost grabbed my tissue box just watching the trailer. It just reminded me why I loved the book in the first place (time to reread it again?). I truly think this film will do well especially among the fans of the novel. I’m so excited and sad that we have to wait so long for it to come out. Oh the agony!

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The Fault in Our Stars expected release date is June 6. Until then I’ll be watching the trailer 100 times and crying my eyes out.

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Tears guys. All the tears. I just can’t.

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