Many romance novels that I have read often portray the mate as “perfect” or “irresistible”. Even if they aren’t perfect their good qualities are more noticeable than the negative one’s. I have noticed that this happens more often with teenage romance novels. A lot of romance novels have happy endings. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing. But have you ever read a romance novel that doesn’t have a happy ending? Or one where the main character doesn’t get the guy or girl that they wanted to be with? A good example of that would be the book version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. (It’s actually a fairy tale not a novel but it’s a story.) Does she marry the prince in the Disney movie? Yes. But in the original story she didn’t and it also had a completely different moral. But it’s still a great story in my opinion. I’m not complaining about anything I am just typing my thoughts on this. What are your thoughts on romance novels?
The Fault In Our Stars is a beautifully written romance novel by John Green. Its about a Girl named Hazel Grace who has cancer and believes that what ever she does won’t matter because one day everyone will be gone. She had a favorite book that a she felt she could relate to and has written letters to the author of her favorite book Peter Van Houten asking him how his book ends. In his he left a hanger cliff and never wrote a second book to it. But he never responded to her letters. But everything changes after she met Augustus Waters. She met him in a cancer kid support group that she didn’t want to go to but her mom highly suggested her to. At one point Hazel got mad at Augustus for “smoking”. He put a cigarette in his mouth and then she told him that he has cancer and is giving himself more cancer from smoking. He had the cigarette in his mouth but he never smoked it. After Hazel and Augustus become more and more close they eventually to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite book author Peter Van Houten. And now I will stop telling you what happens here because I don’t want to spoil too much. But this novel is very romantic and is also a bit educational. It will mention some facts about cancer and also some other educational facts. This book truly shows how it feels to be someone who suffers from life threatening cancer. Although I will admit I had a little trouble adjusting to Hazel at first I grew to like her more and more as I kept reading. This is one of my favorite books and I would totally recommend you read it! Thanks for reading!
Fallen is the first book of it’s own series by Lauren Kate. It is a romance and fantasy (But mostly romance.) novel about a teenage girl named Lucinda Price who is often referred to as “Luce”, and is sent to a reform boarding school called “Sword and Cross” after being accused of murdering a boy by starting a fire. The story is mainly centered around the romance between Luce and a mysterious yet at first rude guy named Daniel Grigori who Luce also finds strangely familiar. However, she also finds herself attracted to another guy at Sword and Cross named Cameron Briel who appears to be very charming and is mainly referred to as “Cam”. Let me stop right there for a second. Although it bothered me that it took a little too long for the book to reach the climax, it bothered me even more that the main character (Luce) kept falling for the at first seeming “bad boy” (Daniel) who flipped her off when they first met and then she has a hard time choosing between him and Mr.Charming (Cam). I don’t dislike Luce, although I did find her pretty naive and found some of the other characters more likeable. But overall, the story is very thrilling and a huge page turner once you reach the climax. Luce eventually finds out why Daniel seemed so familiar and why he acted the way he did at first. I’ll stop right there. I don’t want to spoil the ending. Overall I would give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Teardrop is the first book of its own series and was written by Lauren Kate whom which is also known as the author of the Fallen series. Teardrop is about a teenage girl named Eureka Boudreaux who use to be very close to her mother until she passed away and drowned in a horrible accident. After her mother’s funeral she was given three inheritance gifts: a sealed locket, a thunder stone, and a mysterious book that was written in a language that most people could not translate. She also falls head over heals for a mysterious guy named Ander whom she eventually finds out has a lot to do with her situation. Throughout the novel Eureka discovers the mysteries behind Ander, her inheritance and the secrets of her destiny. Sounds interesting, huh? While I did find this novel interesting and mysterious, I did not find the main character very appealing. Eureka was pessimistic, stubborn and refused to open up to people. Ever since her mother passed away she was very depressed (Which is understandable.) but even though her family tries to help her she wouldn’t let them. She always closed herself out from people and acted like nobody could ever understand her. She use to be suicidal and was in a mental hospital for 2 weeks and therapy was mandatory for her, but she thought that all of the therapists that she had seen wouldn’t be able to help her. In her therapy sessions she would try to avoid conversation, wait for time to fly by, or leave early.She thought that therapy would be uuseless and a waste of her time. Another thing that bothered me about this book was how overly dragged on The description of the appearances of the characters or setting were. I understand that books should have a description of the setting , but we don’t need a full page filled with every detail. Despite the flaws that I have mentioned about the novel, I have stil found the story overal, interesting and enjoyable. But, you should read the novel and see what you think of it. I would give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5 at the least and 3 stars out of 5 at the most. Thanks for reading!
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