Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness


An interview with a reader 
Ms Schaumann asks Micah (Year 12) about the book.

So Micah, what did you think of The knife of never letting go?
It was good.  I read it in less than a night.  It reminded me of the book with the mouse, you know, Flowers for Algenon in the style of the writing. It was kind of realistic in an unrealistic kind of way, does that make sense?   I really need a second one.

Great because there is a sequel and than another after that!
Excellent!  I need that 2nd one now!

What did you think of the characters?
It was good how the characters struggled not to be like everyone else.  Everyone else was violent and he had to fight with himself not to be like that.  The girl was good too, I liked her.

Anything else you want to add?
I just really liked this book.  It was a very good book.  I'd quite like some more like this.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Review by Aidan Hall, Year 13  (Warning spoilers within)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a novel written by 2 authors, each writing half the story.
The first Will Grayson, written by John Green, is by far the waaay cooler guy. He's from  Chicago, and he lives by 2 simple rules, 1. Shutting up, and 2. not caring. He believes that breaking any of these two rules just leads to hurt.  Last time he broke BOTH at once, he ended up with one friend left, Tiny, who is, ironically extremely large. These 2 rules give him an awesome reason not to have a girlfriend, claiming he is “not asexual, he is just a-relationship-al”.  Because he has only Tiny as a friend, he gets dragged into Tiny’s musical about his life, which ends up with him saving Tiny and the Other Will Grayson’s relationship.

The other Will Grayson, written by David Leviathan, lives about an hour away from Chicago. For the first part of the book, the 2 stories aren’t related at all, it isn’t till Will Grayson goes to Chicago to meet his online friend Isaac that the 2 stories become combined.  When he gets to Chicago, he ends up finding out the “meeting” place is a very dodgy kind of shop, where he meets the first Will Grayson (O.W.G.) and his enormous friend Tiny. Being gay, he and Tiny immediately start going out, until just before the end of the book, which is where o.w.g comes in to try saving the day.

All in all, this book is awesome as it is just a great read, and is just a really cool way of showing that even though people may be gay, they are still just normal people.

Here is John Green reading the opening of the book on the Nerdfighters channel on YouTube.

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