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Book-A-Like: The Fault In Our Stars & Zac & Mia

Funny, heart-breaking, young adult love stories feature in today's QBD #bookalike.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green:

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts:

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn't—couldn't—be friends with her.

In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.

Paper Towns Is Here!

Paper Towns opens in cinemas around Australia today!

Are you going to read it before you see it?

9781460750568John Green delivers once again in his novel, Paper Towns, taking you on an emotional roller coaster and leaving you wondering how he can make you feel all of these feels. Teenage romance twisted with mystery and adventure, Paper Towns will take you on and edgy, heart stopping journey you can't afford to put down. Be prepared to put your life on hold as you throw yourself into this book, and join the road trip with Q and his friends as they follow clues in a hunt for the mysterious Margo.
For everyone out there who loved Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, this one is an absolute must read. I mean, John Green... what else is there to say that will convince you?

Book-A-Like: Paper Towns & On The Jellicoe Road

Mystery abounds in these two great YA reads!

Quentin Jacobsen - Q to his friends- is eighteen and has always loved the edgy Margo Roth Spiegelman. As children, they'd discovered a dead body together. Now at high school, Q's nerdy while Margo is uber-cool.
Processed with MoldivOne night, Q is basking in the predictable boringness of his life when Margo, dressed as a ninja, persuades him to partake in several hours of mayhem. Then she vanishes. While her family shrugs off this latest disappearance, Q follows Margo's string of elaborate clues - including a poem about death.
Q's friends, Radar, Ben and Lacey, help with the search, and a post turns up on a website: Margo will be in a certain location for the next 24 hours only. The race is on! -Paper Towns by John Green

Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.
But Taylor has other things on her mind: a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road . . .-On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Review Competition WINNER

winner

The lucky winner is....... XSAREA POWER

 

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is an incredibly powerful and thoughtful novel following the conceptual trace of life, loss and the legacy of death. Crafting an eloquent story (if not with a touch of poignancy), Green deftly touches on the delicate issue of cancer while still communicating messages of hope, perseverance and life not being about how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away. While the novel often felt pretentious, it is overshadowed by the interesting dynamic of the protagonist’s pragmatism to the love interest’s idealism. Swamped with tears and heartbreak, the story never fails to baffle readers with beautiful writing and deep undercurrents of meaning. The emotional intimacy of the novel leaves you questioning everything about life – the purpose, the point and the proceeding. Green has yet again stunned the literary community with this tragically reflective story and it is truly a worthy achievement by itself. 

Thank-you for all your fabulous entries! We had a great response to this competition and all reviews have now been loaded online for everyone to enjoy (or show to their friends).

Bookclub – The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsBook: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Date: 31st July 2013 8:30PM AEST

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.

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