Looking for Alaska



Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: March 3, 2005 (first published)
December 28, 2006

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile


             Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . 

              After. Nothing is ever the same.

Ratings: 4.7/5


My Review

“Alaska Young is Miles Halter’s Great Perhaps”

Here’s the thing, when I was in 8th grade I was obsessed with fantasy and adventure novels, particularly Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Those were the novels I love back then and it was greatly influenced by my seatmate (who I fangirl with). I wasn’t into ‘contemporary teen fiction’ novels yet. During free period, I decided to do my homework early while she read a novel named “Looking for Alaska”, the title itself was interesting and I had a feeling that it was one of those novels who has a profound meaning or symbolism lying underneath. It kind of confirmed my theory when I saw my seatmate crying. I was baffled, one minute she was just quietly reading and the next she’s crying her eyes out as she continues reading the novel. I asked her what’s wrong, she looked up and smiled, her red puffy eyes staring at me and then replied, “Nothing, it’s this book. It’s sad and beautiful”

I was ecstatic about this book, I was expecting it to be a life changing, philosophical novel and it didn’t fail me, from Dr. Hyde’s lessons to Alaska’s wise words and to their epic prank adventures. If I have read this book during my high school days, I think my whole high school experience would’ve been a little different; more fun and exciting even.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda



Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: March 25,2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Ratings: 3.1/5


My Review

 “It was okay, I guess”.

I read the first few pages of this novel at Fully Booked. It wasn’t sealed and I needed to kill time as  I wait for my parents to pick me up, so I sat down on the carpeted floor of the bookstore, leaned against the bookshelves and started reading…’just to kill time’. To be honest, the first few pages were good enough to make me wonder about Simon’s story and his  life now that he’s carrying the burden of being blackmailed by Martin but not to the point where it intrigued me so much that I stood up, added it to my cart and bought the book immediately before I left the bookstore. It was just one of those books that seems interesting enough to be a ‘filler book’. I have a list of  novels I really want to read and I wanted to prioritize those books first.

A month after Manila International Book Fair 2017, National Bookstore had a sale—a fucking sale where books are 30% off. So, even though I already bough five books from MIBF the previous month, (and still haven’t read any because of uni) I still threw some of money away to adopt more books. And that’s how I adopted Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (It’s 30% off so I had to). A lot of my prioritized novel were still sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read when I decided to read this one first mostly for the reason that a movie adaptation of this novel is coming this year and I wanted to have read the novel before seeing the movie.

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist


Title: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Author: David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: May 23, 2006 (Original Publishing Date)
August 28, 2008 (Random House Children’s Book)

Publisher: Random House Children’s Book

Synopsis: It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date

Ratings: 5/5


My Review


There’s something about night adventures, city lights, New York City and profound heart-warming and breaking quotes that I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s like the perfect formula for an epic one night adventure in the city that never sleeps between two complicated but strangely connected characters.

I fell in love with the movie adaptation first, I wanted to read the book as soon as I found out that it was adapted from a novel written by two well-renowned and talented authors, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Despite several hindrances that prevented me in purchasing the book on an earlier date (I was either totally broke or there were no stocks available), I didn’t stop pursuing the book. So when I saw it during Manila International Book Fair 2017, I hastily snatched the book from the book shelves, I’ve got money and the version of the novel that I wanted was available, so I definitely didn’t let the opportunity pass.

It took me a month before I started reading the novel and two months before finally finishing the roller coaster one night story of Nick and Norah and I mostly blame university for the reading slump. My question is, is it possible to fall in love with the same thing twice? I definitely fell in love with the novel version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist two years after falling in love with the movie adaptation.

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang



Title: Falling Into Place

Author: Amy Zhang

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 9, 2014

Publisher: Green Willow Books

Synopsis: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?

Rating: 3.9/5


My Review

Falling into Place is one of the books that got me expeditiously hooked just by reading the synopsis at the back. Amy Zhang’s way of writing the pitch for Liz Emerson’s life got my interest and had me wanting to know more about the reason behind Liz Emerson’s decision to crash her Mercedes into a tree. Is her life really that miserable for her to commit suicide? Will she survive? Will she live?

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating: 3.7/5

My Review

Sometimes I wonder if Rainbow Rowell was watching me and decided to turn my life into a novel, thus creating Fangirl. From the title itself, I already knew that this book is made for me and even before I had it, I knew that this book will be one of favorite contemporary young adult novels.

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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes



Title: Anatomy of a Misfit

Author: Andrea Portes

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 1, 2014

Publisher: Harper Children’s

Synopsis: Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Rating: 4.7/5

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