Book Review

Holding Up The Universe

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I actually have concerns in this book. For example:

“I am the Pauline Potter of Martin Van Buren Highschool. I am going to sex the rest of this weight right off me.”

And I’m like, Ma’am what the hell??? I understand that you’ve been locked in your room for many years but damn the thirst.

Also, MVB really has bad students. All of Jack’s friends are assholes and so is he. Having prosopagnosia is not an excuse to be an asshole. Yes, you must fit in and keep your swag on but seriously are you that low to do the fat girl rodeo? You knew that it’s wrong and it is actually harassment and bullying.

I thought that this book is about how two people find each other and gonna be friends. They help each other and as well understand their situation in life despite the dissimilarity of their problem. But no, it’s not. Libby and Jack are lovers despite the ‘fat girl rodeo’. Honestly, this is a degrading and hurtful game that Jack decided to play on. Anyway, Libby and Jack don’t have chemistry. To be honest, Libby and Mick from Copenhagen got a lot more chemistry. (If you know what I mean. *wink wink.)

This book has its good moments and messages like body positivity, mental illness and stop bullying.

I really wished that it focused more on body positivity and prosopagnosia more than two highschoolers falling in love with one being overweight and one having a mental disorder. These are just that supporting factors for the characters and for the whole story to become a whole.

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Book Review || Turtles all the way down

“Imagine you’re trying to find someone or even you’re trying to find yourself, but you have no senses, no way to know where the walls are, which way is forward or backward, what is water and what is air. You’re senseless and shapeless- you feel like you can only describe what you are by identifying what you’re not, and you’re floating around in a body with no control.”

Rating: 3 out of 5.

At first, i didn’t understand what is going on. I had no clue what is the book about. I just read the short description. I thought that Aza and Daisy will fully investigate the mysterious disappearance of Russel Pickett, but i did not. I was somehow focused on Aza’s mental illness. Her Anxiety and OCD.

I was confused and i find it hard to read this book. In my opinion, this isn’t the best book Green published but it’s not worst. It has chapters that made me feel like i was Aza and having Anxiety and OCD attacks. Chapter 19 and 20 made me crazy and panicked. I was Aza.

Now let’s talk about Davis. Is he really necessary? Would the story progress without him? Well my answer is maybe and yes. Okay here me out first. Maybe he was necessary to let Aza have a romance in her life BUT i think the story would progress without him and all of his family situation. It felt like half of the book is about the mystery of the fugitive billionaire and the other half is about Aza’s mental illness. But they are good couple though. Nothing is pushed or they aren’t being pretentious. They actually understand each other.

For me, i would like to know more about Aza. John Green did portray her very well. Like how her illness affects her everyday situation and environment. Like how it not only affects her but the people around her too. Thoughts are really invasive. It could drown you and it’ll be hard to re-surface above water.

I love Aza. She really tries to be a good friend and daughter even though she felt trapped in her own thoughts and body. I think it would be great of it focuses more on Aza and her illness. On how she deals with it. And her dealing with it is intense. Every click of illness made me understand her and the illness more. I was with her in the entire time. Felt like i was her.

Overall, i do recommend this book.

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