The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This heartfelt novel captivates the reader from the very beginning to the end. Green addresses an extremely relevant conflict as the teens in this book attempt to live a normal life after being diagnosed with fatal cancers. However, the author manages to write from a humorous and lighthearted angle, despite the depressing overall topic. Green does an excellent job of evoking emotion out of the reader as this story unfolds and he keeps the reader engaged with quirky metaphors and a heartwarming love story. This modern love story is crafted wonderfully by Green and is definitely worth reading.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In this book, Fitzgerald captures the essence of the 1920s through the eyes of a newcomer in the social and economic scene of New York City. His frequent stabs at the materialistic ideals of the wealthy give the reader an alternative view to the time period than what is commonly displayed. The mystery and romance included in this book also keep it very interesting. While Fitzgerald does seem to have a more cynical view of the time period, which can become unappealing at times, this book still carries an interesting story and provides a captivating commentary on the American public of the 1920s.
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