day 8) a book you love and why you love it

I definitely have not done a good job of keeping up with this challenge as I'm three days behind but this thanksgiving weekend was really busy!! So I'll write all three today. I honestly don't find time to read books much anymore :( but i'd have to say my favorite books would be "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, Trigger by Susan Vaught, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and The Hate List by Jennifer Brown. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN"T READ THESE BOOKS. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BECAUSE I"M TALKING ABOUT WHAT I LIKED ABOUT EACH BOOK. you've been warned.

All of these books focus on teens/ young adults going through problems so you could definitely say that I have a "type" of book I like the most and they are all books I'd read a second, third, forth time or already have. Here's more reasons why I like these particular books.

Looking for Alaska: This book was absolutely heart crushing to me and I reread the paragraph when Alaska dies four times & teared up because I was so sad. Like how cold such an important person in the story be ripped out from underneath us so unexpectedly. But that is John Green for you. Anyway a few sentences that I really loved of Johns writing I will quote below:

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

“We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we'd learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.”

there are so many more but I don't want to write out almost the whole book LOL

Trigger: There aren't any particular quotes from this one that stood out to me but I like following the recovery of this boys suicide attempt. I've always wanted to be a psychologist / counselor and reading books like these really help but things into perspective, of course it's not the same as experiencing them in real life. And I've been fortunate enough to live in a very safe community and have never had to suffer through a school shooting or anything terrible like that but a boy who went to my school committed suicide in 2015 and the whole entire school grieved for him. His story, which I won't share out of respect of his family, is another huge reason I am working to become a counselor or psychologist to help others like him.

This is where it Ends & The Hate List: These are both books about school shootings from different perspectives. The Hate List is more of the recovery and going back to the school that her dead boyfriend shot up and is an intriguing story line to follow as she faces the backlash her boyfriend created. and in This Is Where It Ends the majority of the story is told by a few different points of views inside the school hostage/shooting situation or outside doing damage control. Both parts are extremely suspenseful and kept you on your toes for what was going to happen next.