The Fault In Our Stars, written by John Green and published in early 2012, was easily one of the most popular books in 2013. Most self-proclaimed hipsters have read this book-- and other Green books-- several times; alas, said hipsters didn’t read it until 2013, when it became uber popular. I regretfully admit to finding this gold mine of a book in the summer of 2013. I can, however, brag that I found it without knowing it existed. I had no one to vent to about how perfect Hazel and Augustus were. Or how amazingly frustrating the last line is. But I did, unknowingly, read it side by side with the hipsters in the world.
The Fault In Our Stars (hereby referred to as TFIOS), to put it bluntly, is a classic boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy and girl go through impossibly unreal obstacles, go on an impossibly unreal trip, and fall in love. However, many (including myself) would argue to no end that it is a deeper book. It has meaning; it has to it is about a girl (Hazel Grace Lancaster) who has cancer. A girl, just like all the rest of us nerds, who much prefers the quietness of reading a book to going out to a concert. Granted, some of this may do with her having cancer. And no, that isn’t a spoiler; it is stated on the jacket flap. But, at her cancer support group, she meets Augustus Waters. He’s in remission, and has been for several years. Throughout the book, the two grow closer and closer (never saw that one coming, right?!?). However, one day tragedy strikes. Then the two are stuck, learning how to love and learning how to cope with loss.
Just like every other girl who has devoured TFIOS, I have found some way or another to relate to Hazel Grace. And I also, just like everyone, believe that everyone deserves an Augustus Waters. And yes, I’m aware that those are the two most cliché sentences to say about this book. But this is what good books do to people. They get readers so emotionally attached to the other characters, that they become their best friends. And when authors do something bad to the character, readers get mad at the author.
John Green can write. He found a way to take a classic teen book theme and make it something meaningful. My TFIOS book is one of my favorite books I own. And while the spine is falling apart, and there are water and tea stains all over ripped pages, I love it. Because every time I open it, I feel as if I am about to begin a new journey. I hope that maybe the ending will change, or the characters will pop out of the book, and be my best friends. It never happens, nor, unfortunately, will it ever happen. But every time I open TFIOS, I get a rush of joy knowing that I get to meet Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, over and over again.
Hey everyone! It is Kai again, and I have a review of the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
The plot is centered around an Indian boy who is shipwrecked with a full grown adult bengal tiger. Pi Patel is sixteen year old boy who is stranded in a lifeboat when their family’s move to Canada becomes a disaster. It becomes a dire situation when Richard Parker, the tiger, is introduced. He becomes Pi’s lifeboat mate. One that doesn’t enjoy sharing, and would really like to eat the Indian boy. Pi needs to fight for his survival, and tries to train the tiger. Will Pi or Richard Parker live until the end? Or will both survive?
I loved Life of Pi. It is almost the first on my favorite books list. And the main reason I love this book is the very magnificent beast we call Richard Parker. He is my favorite character by far of all the books I have read. I’ll recommend this book to tiger lovers like me, and anybody else who would like to read such a breathtaking tale of survival (and love, I think Richard Parker and Pi could totally date).
Google kicks off its Doodle 4 Google competition, which encourages aspiring young artists to get creative, and let their imagination and curiosity roam free. Students K-12 from across the U.S. are invited to submit their original doodle based on this year’s unique theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” Entries are accepted from Feb. 4 – March 20. Please share with the young artists in your life!
The national winner will:
· have his or her doodle displayed on the Google homepage, for 24 hours
· receive a $30K scholarship and $50K Google for Education grant for a tech lab in their school, along with other goodies
· and, for the first time ever, the winner will travel to Google’s headquarters in California to spend a day with the Doodle team to bring their doodle to life through animation.
Teachers can also bring Doodle 4 Google into their classroom in a number of ways, including:
· and, integrating technology by joining in a “Connected Classroom” — a Google Hangout on Air — where a Google Doodler will take the class through the creative process for one of their personal favorite doodles, from idea to final creation
More information, including all contest rules, can be found on the Doodle 4 Google site.
We want to hear from you through the Boulder 2014 Community Survey! The city is currently surveying households in Boulder about what it’s like to live in Boulder. Most people who take the survey will be adults but we also want the opinions of Boulder youth! The survey is long and if there are questions that seem irrelevant to you, you may skip them. We will appreciate your thoughtful input on as many questions as you can answer. Your participation in this process is very important. If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a downtown Boulder gift certificate, please enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey. We will send you a message about the results later this year if we have your e-mail. Alternatively, the report will be available on the City’s website at www.bouldercolorado.gov.You may complete a paper version of the survey or complete the survey online at: www.n-r-c.com/survey/boulderyouth.htm Your responses will remain completely anonymous; none of your answers will be linked to who you are, and responses will be reported in summary form only. The results of the youth survey will be compared with the results of the random sample and will be used to plan services and programs for youth. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Jean Gatza, Sustainability Planner, at (303) 441-4907.Thank you for taking the survey. The information you provide will help us to continue to make Boulder a great place to live, work and visit.