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9 Bibliotheken, 0 Leser, 0 Gruppen, 3 Rezensionen

debüt, freundschaft, jugendroman, coming-of-age, internat

Looking For Alaska

John Green
E-Buch Text: 369 Seiten
Erschienen bei HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 13.01.2015
ISBN 9780008129453
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Summary: Teenager Miles, the opposite of popular at his high school, decides to attend Culver Creek boarding school to seek his 'great perhaps' - something special in his life. There, he befriends the Colonel, Takumi, Lara and Alaska. Miles not only takes part in social life for the first time but also falls in love with Alaska, an outgoing girl with a darker side. When tragedy strikes, the teenagers have to deal with grief, guilt and the realization that life has to go on.

Review: The novel is devided in two parts: before and after. That automatically creates suspense because you want to know what the special event is. The captions help a great deal with that. In my opinion, the story alone cannot accomplish that.  Green sets the climax in the middle of the novel. That may seem unconventional but works here perfectly. For me, the really climatic events happen in the second part when the teenagers have to deal with the death of Alaska.
All in all, I am not really sure what to think of "Looking for Alaska". There are certainly great parts in it, especially Miles' final exam in his religion class, that makes you think. I also like Green's language and the fact, that it is not your typical teenage lovestory. And the characters all have a certain depth when you look closely. But on the other side, the story just floats along, pranks, smoking, school, pranks. Which, by the way, seem to crass. Does this really happen at boarding schools? Than I certainly missed out at a regular school.
So in my opinion, "Looking for Alaska" is definitely worth reading, but I cannot fully understand the hype about the novel itself and John Green. I read Papertowns too and had the same feelings there.

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tod, young adult, mobbing, familie, lauren oliver

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
Flexibler Einband: 496 Seiten
Erschienen bei Harpercollins Childrens Books, 28.10.2011
ISBN 9780061726811
Genre: Kinderbuch

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Lauren Oliver's 'Before I Fall' was a pleasant surprise in the world of YA mysteries.

In the first chapter, you get to know high school student Samantha Kingston and her group of girlfriends. The four girls are pretty, mean and selfish snobs who get away with everything.
When the narrator Sam wakes up on a friday morning, it's a typical day for her: friends, boyfriend, school, and a party. Except she dies in an accident on her way home - and wakes up the next day to repeat the day all over again.

Sam relives her last day for a whole week. In the course of the book, she tries to figure out what she has to do in order not to die. Everyday, she changes various things that has a certain effect on people surrounding her or the day in general. In doing so, she starts to see herself and her actions in a new light and figures out what's really important.

There is little I didn't like about Before I Fall. You get a feel for the characters before you certainly can match any of them with a person in real life. It's all the more exciting to see Sam's development. Lauren Oliver also succeeds in combining sensitive topics with funny lines, romance and overall typical 'teenage moments'. I also really liked the ending, which is not what you would expect. And that goes for the whole book. It's not your typical YA novel. It enterains you and makes you think at the same time. What would you do and how would you act if you knew this day would be your last?

he wakes up the next morning to repeat February 12 all over again. he wakes up the next morning to repeat February 12 all over again. are popular, pretty and selfish snobs who get away with anything and everything. are popular, pretty and selfish snobs who get away with anything and everything. are popular, pretty and selfish snobs who get away with anything and everything.

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neuseeland, maori, witi ihimaer, maor, familie

The Whale Rider

Witi Ihimaera
Fester Einband: 144 Seiten
Erschienen bei Pearson Education, Oxford, 22.02.2005
ISBN 9780435131081
Genre: Romane

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First of all, as some had said before, this really feels a bit 'back to school' :-) But fun nevertheless!

But now on with "The Whale Rider" by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera. The story is about an old Maori tribe and its challenges in modern times, the clash between male and female, between tradition and progress and the co-existence of nature and the people.

When the future leader of the tribe is born a girl, the current chief Koro is deeply disappointed and sees his people in danger. He rejects little Kahu - named after her ancestor, the whale rider - repeatedly but the girl nevertheless develops a strong affection for her great-grandfather. Other then Koro, his family senses that Kahu is special, especially her uncle Rawiri and Nani, Koro's wife. It takes a tragedy and a spiritual happening to convince the chief that Kahu is the chosen one to leadthe tribe successfully into the future.

The story of Kahu is told from the point of view of Rawiri, her unlce. He gives the reader an insight to his family's life, the tiffs between Koro and Nani, and the changes in the tribe.
The parts immersing in Maori mythology have a third person narrator, describing the journey of an ancient, spiritual whale, who brought the tribe's founder to the land. In both parts, some phrases are written in Maori language. That gives the reader a better feeling for a pretty unknown culture. The two storylines also invite the reader to draw parallels between the mythic part and real life, for example the relationship between the whale leader and his first female and Koro and his wife.

For me, "The Whale Rider" was an interesting book with a topic I've never approached before: maori mythology and culture. Therefore it was an interesting read. Nevertheless, the book proved to be a piece of work for me, even as an experienced English reader. I found it hard to build some relation to the main characters. I didn't have the feeling that I got to know them. What was pictured well in contrast, was the (changing) role of women. In a predominantly male world, the females are the ones with the best insight (Nani), the clear head (the female whale) and the blessing (Kahu).
And "The Whale Rider" definitley reminded me to explore different kinds of readings and stray off my comfort zone. Like back in school - or university in my case.

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Die Frau meines Lebens

Nicolas Barreau , Sophie Scherrer
Flexibler Einband: 160 Seiten
Erschienen bei Piper, 01.04.2009
ISBN 9783492253567
Genre: Liebesromane

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The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
E-Buch Text: 316 Seiten
Erschienen bei Macmillan, 18.08.2011
ISBN B005BOHYW2
Genre: Sonstiges

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Angel City Love

Scott Speer , Bettina Spangler
Flexibler Einband: 400 Seiten
Erschienen bei cbt, 10.12.2012
ISBN 9783570308516
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Ich fürchte mich nicht

Tahereh H. Mafi , Mara Henke
Fester Einband: 317 Seiten
Erschienen bei Goldmann, 23.07.2012
ISBN 9783442313013
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Wenn ich bleibe

Gayle Forman , Alexandra Ernst
Fester Einband: 270 Seiten
Erschienen bei Blanvalet Verlag, 07.01.2010
ISBN 9783764503512
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Flügelschlag

Jeanine Krock
Flexibler Einband: 720 Seiten
Erschienen bei Heyne, 09.08.2010
ISBN 9783453527072
Genre: Fantasy

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Linger

Maggie Stiefvater
Flexibler Einband: 432 Seiten
Erschienen bei Scholastic, 11.08.2010
ISBN 9781407121086
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Shiver

Maggie Stiefvater
Flexibler Einband: 434 Seiten
Erschienen bei Scholastic
ISBN 9781407115009
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Tausend strahlende Sonnen

Khaled Hosseini , Michael Windgassen
Fester Einband: 384 Seiten
Erschienen bei Berlin Verlag, 27.08.2007
ISBN 9783827006714
Genre: Romane

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Sternenwandler

Tracy Buchanan , Vanessa Lamatsch
Flexibler Einband: 342 Seiten
Erschienen bei Piper, 11.02.2011
ISBN 9783492259453
Genre: Fantasy

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Chroniken der Unterwelt - City of Bones

Cassandra Clare , Franca Fritz (Übers.) , Heinrich Koop (Übers.)
Fester Einband: 502 Seiten
Erschienen bei Arena, 01.01.2008
ISBN 9783401061320
Genre: Fantasy

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Tintenherz

Cornelia Funke ,
Fester Einband: 576 Seiten
Erschienen bei Dressler, 01.08.2003
ISBN 9783791504650
Genre: Jugendbuch

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Die Teerose

Jennifer Donnelly , Angelika Felenda
Flexibler Einband: 685 Seiten
Erschienen bei Piper, 01.04.2008
ISBN 9783492261814
Genre: Historische Romane

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Tintenblut

Cornelia Funke ,
Fester Einband: 736 Seiten
Erschienen bei Atrium Zürich, 01.09.2006
ISBN 9783855359790
Genre: Fantasy

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Die Jury

John Grisham
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Heyne, 01.01.2002
ISBN 9783453213319
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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Lauf, Jane, lauf!

Joy Fielding
Flexibler Einband: 447 Seiten
Erschienen bei Goldmann
ISBN 9783442453351
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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The Tristan Betrayal

Robert Ludlum
Flexibler Einband: 528 Seiten
Erschienen bei Importtitel, 01.10.2004
ISBN 9780312997748
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce
Flexibler Einband: 238 Seiten
Erschienen bei Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 01.08.1997
ISBN 1853260061
Genre: Biografien

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Changing Places

David Lodge
Flexibler Einband: 250 Seiten
Erschienen bei Penguin Books Ltd, 25.05.1978
ISBN 9780140046564
Genre: Sachbücher

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Flexibler Einband: 115 Seiten
Erschienen bei Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 01.12.1999
ISBN 185326041X
Genre: Klassiker

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The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan , Richard Andrews
Flexibler Einband: 336 Seiten
Erschienen bei Cambridge University Press, 26.04.1996
ISBN 0521485622
Genre: Sachbücher

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Joanne K. Rowling
Fester Einband
Erschienen bei Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 9780747591085
Genre: Jugendbuch

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