Turtles All the Way Down

John Green’s first book since mega-bestseller The Fault in Our Stars carries the expected blend of funny/sad feels but goes darker. With a melancholic ending that expands its scope and highlights, excitingly, the development of Green’s talents and range, the book manages to be both satisfying and softly incomplete.

In spite of this typically optimistic focus, Turtles All the Way Down strikes a surprisingly somber note. At first, such heady theorizing seems appropriate to the theme of concerns of the novel. The plot revolves around two emotionally difficult stories. Aza is the novel’s narrator, a lower-middle-class high schooler who suffers from profound anxiety specifically an obsession with intestinal germs. She even drinks hand sanitizer from time to time. She believes that she’ll never really get better even if she’s receiving psychiatric help. Aza, seems a prime example of someone who “cannot will what she wills”, is a victim of obsessive thinking.

Davis is Aza’s potential love interest, a sensitive rich kid whose businessman father has gone missing after being accused of fraud. Davis and his kid brother Noah at least have material comforts to help them through for the time being, though unsure of what the future holds. Daisy, Aza’s best friend, an up-and-coming Star Wars fan-fiction author, complete’s the trio of characters. Daisy nonetheless does her best to be supportive but a bit loud and overbearing.

The narrative sensitively by Green tours the suffering caused by both obsessive-compulsive disorder and fiscal malfeasance. It doesn’t promise or offers much of a happy ending for Turtles All the Way Down. There’s no hint that Aza will ever escape her anxiety disorder and the characters won’t find love. Green is to be lauded for keeping our eyes on the hard stuff.

The narrative’s spotlight is more on Aza’s psychological circumstances, her anxiety disorder, and her intense fear of germs despite raising such complicated social issues. Since Green’s main focus, sincere and compassionate, is on Aza’s personal anxiety,  the issues of class and corporate corruption remain components of the story’s background.

Green doesn’t link reader’s attention on the presence of this system. Instead, Turtles All the Way Down acts toward a perplexed acceptance of things as they are. Recalling Green’s explanation of the book’s title, this is a move made all too clear.

Perhaps the novel materialized out of struggles with anxiety close to home as can be read in the acknowledgments at the back of the volume mention, in gratitude, the work of some mental health professionals. In this present time, we need books for young people that actively and warmly represent the series of mental health and illness, and this book does that.



Book Review: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web simple story is understandable itself. A young Maine farm girl saves a midget pig from being butchered, raising the pig until it is old enough to be transported to Zuckerman’s neighboring farm. At the farm, Wilbur, the name of the pig is raised, only to be saved once again, this time spider named Charlotte. The spider weaves messages celebrating Wilbur’s unlikeness into her webs. Humans are prompted that Wilbur is charmed ad they’ve given him a special prize at the county fair. After she lays her eggs, Charlotte then dies, as all spiders must. Wilbur, heartbroken, takes charge of hatching Charlotte’s offspring making sure that Charlotte’s legacy is kept alive.

It flows over into the story itself, as White’s abstraction with the right sentence where Charlotte laments over the right word to use in her pig-saving project. It delivers as a parable of the power of the written word, which conquers over the ax is one of the book’s more subtle appeal.

White gets to his deeper mission in Charlotte’s Web, having laid a durable foundation of realism, evoking the wonders that spring from the everyday world. The true miracles on the busy farm are depicted from the small things that are illustrated.

By highlighting the wondrous in daily life, White speaks straightforwardly to the solitary feelings of his young readers.  Whether it be the musical chitchat of feathered friends on the farm or, in the book’s most staggering sequence, the appearance of Charlotte’s young as they are brought out on a gentle breeze, clinging into the silk balloons they have netted.

It sprawls in White’s aptness to showcase how life comes from death is the most exceptional realization of Charlotte’s Web. With an uncorrupted admission, he tackles mortality.

It is unbelievably sad upon Charlotte’s lonely demise at the fairgrounds, but still, it is also gladly understood and even received by children. The book’s pure miracle is Charlotte’s rebirth through her 514 offspring and not by Wilbur’s twice survival of execution by the ax. White’s bravery as a children’s writer is commended as a writer who let his heroine die, wretched and solo, in his next to the last chapter. White was able to follow that heartbreak with a passage, who brought a compensatory smile to his young reader’s face as an author of genius.




Aladdin: A Spectacular Hit Broadway Musical

Are you up to a WHOLE NEW WORLD of magic, comedy, and one of a kind show? Then be amazed as ALADDIN takes you on a magic carpet ride of adventure!

From the producers of The Lion King is a timeless story of Aladdin. It is an exciting new production full of surprises and breathtaking spectacle. Aladdin is a musical inspired by the 1992 Disney animated film. Chad Beguelin, by the way, is the author of the book. The hit musical has 3 songs written by Ashman for the film. There are also 4 new songs written by Menken and Beguelin. Alan Menken composed the songs with lyrics co-written by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin.

It is a story of a poor young man who stumbled upon a lamp and was given 3 wishes by the lamp’s residing genie. He uses his wishes to enchant the princess and to stop the sultan’s evil Grand Vizier’s wicked schemes. The setting is in Agrabah, a fictional Arabian city. The characters and the location are Middle Eastern.

The animation made a history of being the first in Disney to feature non-white protagonists. On the other hand, the modification of Aladdin and Jasmine’s spoken language to English drew mixed reviews, stating that Disney may have lacked an authentic representation of ethnically diverse characters.

In 2011, Aladdin premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The musical was then given a Toronto tryout in 2013 after being distributed in different regions and produced internationally in 2012. On the 20th of March, it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical received positive reviews that led to its 5 Tony Awards nominations.

What a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. One lamp grants 3 wishes and the possibilities are infinite! USA Today considers it as “Pure Genie-Us”. Sing along with ALADDIN on Broadway as some of your favorite songs from the film are also featured.

It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. The incomparable design team, sets, and costumes are to watch out for.

Audiences and critics see eye to eye that ALADDIN is a musical comedy wish fulfillment!


Beethoven’s Hair – A Book Review

Beethoven’s Hair

Russell Martin

Broadway Books, New York

I’m not bragging that all I previously knew about Beethoven was that he was from Vienna, a musical genius and he was deaf. Now, I’m gratefully enlightened as to Beethoven’s life situation, yet Beethoven’s Hair is not simply his biography.


At the time of The Master’s death, a lock of his disarrayed hair was scissored by a young musician, Paul Hiller, who had visited him several times the prior week. Ensuring that Hiller’s treasure was protected in a locket under a jeweler’s seal, he kept it during the decades of his own musical prominence in Vienna before passing it on to his son. Martin recounts subsequent locket exchanges spanning two centuries, conjuring up personal stories of its keepers during World Wars I and II to present day America.


In Autumn of 1926, Denmark embraced the heroic feat of evacuating threatened Danish and immigrant Jews to safety in Sweden. The hurried circumstances forced the locket onto a new guardian. Two stateside Beethoven enthusiasts bought the locket at auction in 1995 and undertook enormous strides to unravel it’s history. They also sought the help of top scientists to test the hair to determine the cause of Beethoven’s deafness and extensive maladies. The locket is now permanently housed in an honoring museum at San Jose State, California.


The author weaves each owner’s story with Beethoven’s artistry and anguish, endearing them for their conscientious oversight of their beloved immortal’s lock.

Snowden – Movie Review

Snowden Movie Review

Oh Boy! My girlfriend and I are busy and don’t get to as many movies as we used to. This one had two things in it’s favor though….. 1) It’s controversial. 2) and really… this should be #1… My girlfriend thinks Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hot.

So we saw the movie. . .

Crickets. Tiny violins playing all over the world for me having to suffer through this one. Seriously though, I deserved the violins. The movie tried took a very liberal view on the Snowden situation. Oliver Stone portrays America as a land that has been betrayed by it’s government and living in ignorance.

Skip forward. Snowden, like a hunting dog sniffs out the rotten government bureaucrats and decides to sick.

Right or wrong, politically devout or atheist the movie is sickening. The plot is negative and the entire theme leaves you feeling more confused then you went in. The media minced this story so much that who knows what to think and Oliver Stone portraying Edward Snowden as the man who fell on the sword for his country is far fetched for even those with the furthest reaching imagination.

Maybe it’s time to stop worrying about all of this nonsense and just invest back in our economy like my friend @ Best Boca Raton landscaping. Who knows, hard work and beautiful Landscaping might actually make this country better.

P.S. the end result was that my girlfriend still thinks Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hot. His terrible performance didn’t help me out there.

The Art Of The Deal

The Art Of The Deal

I received a signed version of this book. Please do not associate this with a political ideology. This is a synopsis from a literary standpoint.
The general story told in The Art Of The Deal is an active approach to management. Trump takes a hands-on approach to business, and encourages you to make your intentions known, and then wait until things fall into place for you to make power moves.

There are lots of details in building a business. A lot of the time Trump was dealing with licensing and zoning boards. He always went to those meetings himself, took an active interest. He mentions many who took the opposite approach, and things didn’t go well for them.

Trump calls on his peers and colleagues personally instead of having a secretary reach out. Everyone seems to respond well to that personal touch. The book details a lot on Trump choosing the marble for the floors or brass for railings, even taking an interest in air conditioning and piping. His approach is hands on. (One can only hope that he takes the same approach to the presidency)

He’s clear what this mean – millions of dollars in savings and projects that come in on time and on budget.

Overall, this is a good book even 30 years after it was written. I got it at the library and read it because Trump is about a month away from the presidential nomination. I wanted to understand his early business background and influences better, and this book does a good job.

This book can be read with bias because of Donald Trump’s new political standing. Nevertheless, it is hard to discount “The Donald’s” business acumen and this book does a good job of explaining the reasons why he is successful. Starting with a 6AM wake up to review the news for an hour.

The art of the deal teaches you the care that is necessary to scale a business. The diligence that is necessary even if it is just growing a small business, you need to take pride in your work and be hands on in the process. For better or for worse, Donald has thought big and has been meticulous in his planning and work ethic on the road to achieving his lofty goals.

Grant Cardone – 10X

10x Book Review

Grant Cardone’s 10x book provides an unabashedly driven perspective to his view on life and the human race. The book gives an outspoken perspective to how he believes the world would function better. It is motivational in the fact that Grant argues for everyone to get moving, start doing and figure out the details after committing. He believes that it is everyone’s ethical duty to be successful. If you are average then you are failing. He also believes that there is no shortage of success. Success is not a commodity and there is not a set amount of it.

To give a real life example. Let’s say you are a Handyman in Fort Lauderdale and you are not able to make the living that you want to. Grant would say “Don’t be a little Bitch.” Get out there. Overcompensate. Market, sell yourself. Go to every single house in Fort Lauderdale and hand out your business card. If you aren’t getting business then start doing work and asking for referrals. Get to Number 1 in Google. Completely dominate your market. If you have a goal then increase your action 10x what you think it would take to create your goal. If you need to make 5k a month to be happy, work like you need to make 50k a month.


How To Win Friends And Influence People

Dale Carnegie Leadership Training

How to Win Friends and Influence People. This book has been quoted over the years and referenced in thousands of different places. Many business men and women refer to it as their lifeline. The scope of research compiled in to this book presents a useful and example filled road map on how to reach favorable outcomes in human reactions.

Looking at things from other people’s perspective is extremely important and effective if you want to shape your own destiny in life. Appealing to what someone else wants from their perspective is extremely important. “Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him and he who cannot, walks a lonely way.” Dale Carnegie has actually started an entire foundation based around learning and teaching which has been wildly successful. You can visit his foundation HERE If you would like to learn more about the Leadership training that Carnegie has capitalized on.

A little known fact is that this book was developed from within the course. Originally the first year, Dale had a post card that was handed out. This grew in to a full page document the next year, followed by a packet and so on and so forth until “How To Win Friends And Influence People” was published.