Paper Towns

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~Picture provided by johngreenbooks.com

Riding in a car for 20 hours can cause one to become desperate for entertainment, entertainment that is small and easily fits inside of a car with three other tired travelers.  OK, it wasn’t 20 hours straight, but still.

I recently came back from a wedding held in South Carolina for my dear cousin, possibly one of the hottest places I’ve been to this summer.  It was approximately a 10 hour drive to the hotel, and a 10 hour drive back.  I brought several books, a laptop, some sunscreen, a Gameboy, and various other traveling items.  Needless to say, I beat a gym leader and got my idiot magikarp up to about level 15 so he can finally tackle.

On this long, tiring trip, I finished one of the books on my mental to-read list, which was recommended to me by ExplodingBiscut.  This book was Paper Towns by John Green, a beloved author and vlogger.  I believe it is the first book I have ever read by the appraised Mr. Green, and I was duly impressed.  The two main characters in this fiction are Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman.  Margo is an audacious, mysterious, stunning girl, with a taste for adventure.  Quentin is a nerdy, careful, and determined teenager, who is in the senior class in Orlando, Florida with Margo.  Quentin talks to her on rare occasion, but one night, she appears at his window with a mission.  Convincing timid Quentin to come with her on her escapade, they sneak out with his mother’s car in the middle of the night.  By the end of the night, they have taken revenge on several of Margo’s enemies, one of Quentin’s, and successfully snuck into the closed Seaworld.  Quentin thinks that this is the beginning of a long friendship with Margo, but he soon finds that this may not be the case.  Margo disappears the next day, which initially causes no alarm, as she has gone on unexpected trips before.  However, as the days grow long, Quentin begins to worry.  Then he finds a trail of clues left by Margo for him to follow.  With his friends, Quentin goes on a journey to finding Margo.  Over the course of his adventure, his view of Margo, and everyone he knows, changes.

Paper Towns is an extremely well detailed story, with relatable, lifelike characters.  In between serious narratives about understanding the others around you as people and not ideas, you will find hilarious original jokes to break up the tension.  John Green weaves an amazing narrative about the importance of never thinking of anyone as more than a human being that is well paced and keeps one on the edge of their seat.  Paper Towns is a brilliant book for anyone from the age of fourteen to mid-life adults.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

I hope you enjoyed this short review of Paper Towns by John Green.  If you want to visit his vlog, you can go here, or his website which is here.  Feel free to comment with your thoughts on his book, so long as you notify others if there will be spoilers in your comment.  Also, don’t forget to like and follow.  Thank you for your time!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

P.S. I am now currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which is in the process of being made into a movie.  Let me know in the comments if you’d like a review for that as well.  Sorry this took so long!

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Re-decorating my Room

So I have been in the middle of painting my room for quite a few months.  How many?  Um…that’s not that important.  The point is, this summer I am going to finish!  Due to a trip to Home Depot, I am pumped to get this done!  So my plan is to clean it well enough tommorow in order for it to be painted, and the next day…begin…painting…it…

As you can tell I have a detailed plan.

Since I tend to not follow general plans like this well, I have decided to do two things to keep me on task: 1) Tell my dear readers, (That’s you!) because many, including myself, are more likely to do something if they promise to do so to others, and 2) Make a schedule!  I found it to be helpful during finals especially with warding off procrastination.  3) OK, I said two things, but this is something I am going to try to do but may not be able to accomplish, which is to get a friend to help me.  I am an extrovert, and so part of the reason this is taking so long is because I don’t like being alone in my room for that long.  So I am going to try to recruit a friend to help me or even just talk to me as I do it.

Anyways, I need to go make my schedule, but I will give you updates!  Also, if anyone has any advice on redecorating a room, feel free to share in the comment section below! ^_^

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

IT’S SUMMER!!!

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-Picture thanks to editing software of pixlr.com and original picture from avatar.wikia.com

It’s summer!  3 months of fun, friends, and frolicking among the flowers.  OK, maybe not that last part.  To ensure that there is fun, however, I have begun on a list of things I could do!  No doubt you’ve noticed by now I like to make lists 😉  Here I will share some of the things I am doing that may be fun for you as well!

Summer Fun Times List!

  1.  Geocaching

          I don’t know how many of you already do this, but I have never done it before.  It seems rather strange to me.  I still don’t quite understand it.  But I’d like to try it at least once, maybe with some friends.  If anyone has any tips on how to geocache, please share them in the comments below ^_^

  2.  Cooking and Smash Booking!

          I have planned to cook more this summer–I have cooked before but not very complicated things. Also, due to an idea my sister gave me, I got a smash book for the crafts and food I make.  I have made a playlist on youtube called “To Cook” which basically consists of feastoffiction videos.  If you don’t know what feastoffiction is, it is a channel on youtube that makes videos on how to make foods from different media.  Check them out for yourself 😉

  3.  Go to a drive-in movie

          I got this idea from a badge on Lifescouts.  I’ve never done it before, but it sounds like a ton of fun.

  4.  Learn something new

          I have several new things I would like to learn this summer, even though I’m not sure if I’ll get to all of them.  Some of them are Morse code, fencing, and martial arts.  

  5.  Write, write, write!

          While I have wavered on the idea of doing Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ve been thinking about doing something better.  If I write for at least 10 minutes a day the entire summer, no doubt I’ll get rather far with the book.  I might still do Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m just not sure.

So, what are you doing this summer?  Anything exciting?  Share in the comment section below!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Graduation Tonight!

So, I painted my nails and I’m wearing a dress.

That’s right.  I can be girly too.

Tonight is graduation for all the seniors at m school, and I am watching.  While I caouldn’t have a movie party today, I am having one tommorow with a few friends.  We’re going to figure out what to watch when they get to my house, but I might just happen to have a few anime movies conveniently lying out.  Anyway, that’s off subject.  Tonight is graduation!  The wonderfully terrifying night when teenagers become independent adults (hopefully).  Last year, my sister graduated, giving a speech as salutatorian.  I hope to one day stand on the stage and give a speech as well, when I graduate.  That’s gonna take a lot of work…*sigh*….but right now is summer!  No work!  (Sort of)

So have you or any of your siblings graduated from highschool/college?  What was it like?  Did you like it?  Share your experiences in the comments below!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer

What to Do the Last Day of School

You know what is driving me insane?  The lack of fun/cool things to do the last day of school.  Almost every idea I find online is something about being rude, or mean, or breaking the rules.  Isn’t there anything that is fun for everyone?

The only thing that I can think of on my own is a very vague idea: dress strangely.  Like, in something I would normally never wear to school.  Some type of costume, maybe?  However, I don’t know what to wear.  Also, I feel as if there is something else I could do that is a bit more exciting.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Me some time later after the previous two paragraphs:  So, I thought of a few things.  A few really nerdy, goody-two-shoes things.

1.  Make notes to all the teachers with a list of at least three things you like about them

Yeah, teachers are human beings too.  They enjoy compliments.  They also have probably wanted to strangle you quite a few times throughout the year due to your misunderstanding of what seems obvious to them, however they did not.  Not just because it’s against the law-but because they’re nice.  Do something nice for them, why don’t you?

2.  Make [Insert sweet here]s!

Well, I was going to make apple muffins but it turns out that it’s a few months overdue.  :/  So, I am asking my mother to buy something at the store and bring it home later.  Anyways, you know what would be awesome on the last day of school?  For everyone to bring in food, making it a potluck.  Unfortunately, people don’t do that, but you could start the tradition!  Bring in some sweets, just make sure not to just give it to your ‘friends’.  I am going to give it to my entire class, and if there is extra, some to the teachers.  I would like to give them to the entire school, but I can’t make that many xD

3.  Pack a good lunch

I make my lunches in the morning before school, and personally, I often make a lunch that is boring or not enough and regret it later, just because I’m tired.  If you have to, even make it the night before!

4.  Make a good breakfast

Start of the end of school with something other than a grumbly stomach.  Maybe eat one of those [insert sweet here] you made for #2?  😀

5.  Dress up, dress down, look crazy

Now, I don’t want anyone breaking dress code rules because of this-but wear the opposite of what you usually wear.  A girl, but not so girly?  On the last day, curl your hair, put on a dress, but only if it’s fun.  Or

6.  Movie Party

Invite some friends to come to your house after school for as long as they can and watch some movies, play some games, talk about the year, and what you’ll do in the summer.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do this one, as it will be rather last minute.  But I may be able to get some of my close living friends to come.

That’s all I can think of right now.  Any suggestions?  PLEASE comment below! ^_^

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Finals Tip #13

#13.  Don’t be afraid to go a little off your planned schedule 😉

     I don’t mean decide to stop studying math and watch some TV.  Please don’t do that!  I mean, if you notice that, for example, you’ve practically got the entirety of your math book memorized and know how to use it inside and out, but that science class has you confused every time, it won’t hurt to spend some or even all of the time you planned for the easy subject studying the harder subject instead.  

Hope this was helpful!  If you have any tips for finals, share them in the comment section!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Finals Tips #11 and #12

#11–Reserve one folder for finals papers.

     It’s much easier to begin studying when you don’t have to dig through a mountain of papers to find the right ones.  

#12–Make finals packets

Get the study guide, look it through, and get the tests/worksheets needed to study those things.  Then, staple them together and put them in your folder.  That way, whatever you need to study will be right there when you need it.

Hope these helped!  I’ll be posting more later 😉  feel free to comment with your finals tips.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉