Hey, BookTube, it’s Sylwia! I’m here with another wrap-up. So, I read Paper Towns and this was actually kind of an experience for me. Did it have adequate representation? One of the main secondary characters is a black male. Everybody else is white. Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? You know what? I’m going to say yes. A lot of controversy behind John Green’s writing is that people argue that his writing is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope which is a harmful trope. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope is about the idea that women are used as plot devices to help men learn and grow. John Green has openly said that his goal in writing his books is to subvert that trope, you know, turn it on its head and show that: no! This woman has her own stuff going on and you’re being selfish and you shouldn’t be using women in that way. I went into this book expecting the worst because I’ve heard a lot of people that I love- I love their reviews and I cherish their opinions, I’ve heard them trash this book so I really expected for this to make me mad and I was really surprised that I disagree and I think John Green did a great job of showing that women are their own people and, like, get it together. Did it teach me something or make me think? Yes it did because I had to think a lot about whether this was the trope once again or if it was actually teaching something positive. So, I thought a lot while reading this book. What was the writing style like? It was mostly accessible. There were a few chunks where I got a little bored. It wasn’t consistently engaging but it was engaging and it was readable. Are the characters now my all-time favorites? I wouldn’t go that far. I really enjoyed watching the characters come to life through the movie so if you were wondering if you should watch the movie, I think the movie adds a little bit more dimension to the secondary characters. They felt very secondary here, whereas they felt a little bit more full of life in the film. Was the plot cleverly written? I wouldn’t say it was the most clever thing in the world, but I do feel like the message was shown and I appreciated it and I especially loved the ending. Did I enjoy reading it? I would say so, mostly. I gave this three out of five stars because i have become very critical. I think it might be four but let’s say right now it’s a three. So if you’ve been thinking about picking this up, I actually think this was a smart book. Then I got through the Hamiltome: Hamilton the Revolution this is actually not narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. At the very, very end of the audiobook, he reads the little footnotes. That was a little disappointing. I would have enjoyed hearing this in his voice, but I understand how he really couldn’t read this because it talks a lot about him so that would be very strange for him to complement himself so much. So, I think i can only ask three questions for this. Does it have adequate representation? Yes. Did it teach me something or make me think? It did. It teaches you a little bit about how Broadway works in a very vague, minimal way/basic way, I guess. What was the writing style like? I don’t think I could have ever gotten through this without the audiobook. A little bit of it dragged for me. It wasn’t the best non-fiction book ever read but it was really good. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes, for the most part. I think I ended up giving it 4 stars. Lastly, I finally DNFed The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin this morning, like an hour ago. Did it have adequate representation? The only enjoyable thing about this book is that makes you think about gender because in this science-fiction world, humans- well, not humans, but I guess creature biology is different. It makes you think about gender and makes you think about the social norms of gender on our own planet but that’s about all. Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? I don’t think it did either thing. Did it teach me something or make me think? Like I said, it makes you think a little bit about gender but that’s all. What was the writing style like? COMPLETELY inaccessible, just so incredibly difficult to read, it almost reads like it’s in a different language. A lot of the time I didn’t know what was happening. There were a handful of scenes where I felt like I knew what was happening. There was one entire chapter that was totally readable, i actually just recommend that you read that chapter, that’s really the only interesting take away from this book. Are the characters now my all-time favorites? No. Was the plot cleverly-written? I didn’t finish it so I don’t really know where the plot goes. Did I enjoy reading it? No. It put me in a terrible slump so I’m dropping it. I’m so sorry. I just can’t. I dropped it at 165 pages. Come talk to me in the comments!