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From the BookNest: Book of the Week
The Untold Story of Princess Doe by Christie Leigh Napurano
A book review by Nicole Walters
Calling all New Jersians! Everyone in the state (and some people in the US and around the world) knows about the infamous Princess Doe case that occurred in our small-town backyard. Author Christie Leigh Napurano has taken the grisly unsolved murder case and re-imagined it, giving the faceless Princess Doe not only a face but a name and a backstory too. Napurano creates character Julianne whose family is torn apart by tragedy and is inextricably intertwined with the case of Princess Doe. In this imaginative and thrilling account Napurano takes readers down a road of great human suffering in a story about love, loss, and survival. Reading “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” was a few hours spent in complete suspense. Each page turned was another piece to the puzzle until the very last sorrowful page. Napurano connects her readers to Julianne, leaving them itching to see how exactly she is involved with the infamous Princess Doe. Carefully constructed, reading “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” is much like watching The Illusionist or The Sixth Sense for the first time, you’re hit in the gut suddenly, and everything begins to make sense and come together. Also like the Sixth Sense, Napurano’s tale is sure to leave you coming back for a reread.
Christie Leigh Napurano is a local author who grew up in Blairstown where Princess Doe’s body was found. Her book, “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” is available now at BookNest. A must-read for everyone in the New Jersey area.
From the Nest: Book of the Week!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A book review by Nicole Walters
John Green is known to some as a member of the YouTube sensation, the vlogbrothers. To others, he is known as the author of "An Abundance of Katherines", "Looking for Alaska", and various other titles. He was none of these things to me when I picked up his most recent novel, "The Fault in Our Stars"—in fact I knew absolutely nothing about him until a post online exposed me to his newest release, which resulted in me buying the book for my Ereader almost instantly. I can’t tell you how unusual that is for me—usually, except in the case of a book being a classic, I do piles upon piles of research to see if something is going to be worth my time. I can genuinely say that I’m grateful I didn’t have any outside knowledge of "The Fault in Our Stars" because I probably wouldn’t have read it. Before you make any judgments, hear me out! I am not saying that you shouldn’t read this wonderful book—I wholeheartedly implore you to read it … just without reading very many reviews first!
Writing this review now, I even hesitate to give away any inkling to the plot, because any summary just destroys the piece. I am a firm believer in the idea that every book read alters your perception, and even your life, which is cause for my hesitation—who am I to give away details that will prevent you from reading what very well may be your favorite book of all time? Being as this is a book review, I suppose I have to talk about the plot somewhat—but only if you promise not to take it too much to heart. Even if this book does not sound like it’s for you, I urge you to give it a shot.
Whenever I pick up a book, I’m instantly emotionally invested in the characters until the turn of the last page. This emotion was only amplified many times over with John Green’s honest, snarky character depictions. The beauty of "The Fault in Our Stars" is that Green takes a topic that has affected almost everyone in a negative way and transforms it into this wonderful experience of life, love and the preciousness of the time spent with loved ones. I will not lie to you, this is not a happy book—this is not the kind of book you enter into lightly thinking that you will be emotionally intact at the end, because you won’t be. I started sobbing halfway through, and didn’t finish until an hour after the last page. That could be explained away because I have the emotional range of a three-year-old, or the fact that "The Fault in Our Stars" is real. Hazel and Augustus, the two main characters could be anyone you know and no one at the same time. They are so unique, but their situation is one that unfortunately everyone I know has encountered at least once.
I know I still haven’t really told you what the book is about, but it would ruin it, truly. You may feel deceived or any other warranted emotion towards me when you finish the book, but I like to think that afterwards you will look back on this beautiful celebration of life and realize that you probably wouldn’t have read it if I gave you this one little detail. But even if you hate me for all the crying you’ve done and the emotions you’ve felt—and ask why didn’t I warn you—I have no doubt in my mind that after all the crying is done you will stare at the book and say, “I’m really glad I read you”, just as I did…and maybe even read it again too.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is an awesome book by John Green. You can find more information on this and his other books at johngreenbooks.com. "The Fault in Our Stars" is currently available at the BookNest. Hurry now while copies are still on the shelves!!