After reading the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, I have to say I truly enjoyed it. It was on the reading list for 9th graders, and that was partially the reason for me reading it, as it probably was for many 9th graders. And for those of you who had chosen another book to read, and if you like classic-style written books or novels, this is a great book to read. Written in 1943, the story surrounds a girl named Francie Nolan. Consisting of five different 'books,' each of which centers around a different part in the family's life. It's a wonderful read that will entertain and surprise you with each different situation it brings up and with Francie’s wonderfully creative outlook on things her ability to surprise people who would have otherwise thought her incapable. It's a truly great story that will touch those who read it. This is definitely a good book for anyone who wants to enjoy an amazing read. The second book, I've read was that by John Green, called The Fault in Our Stars. Now, this books is much more modern than the last, but I have to say it is just as good if not better. It's all about a 16-year-old girl who is battling lung cancer. Now, as the teenage survivor Hazel Grace Lancaster states in this novel, you'd think this book to be about a cancer survivor who eventually overcomes the illness and starts their own cancer foundation. But, rather, it's about a girl who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, that now affects her lungs and that forces her to carry around an oxygen tank and sleep with a larger version she calls Phillip that has a unique outlook on her situation. I absolutely adore this book, and love the way John Green wrote the character Hazel. Her sarcastic, and often humorous, outlook on her situation and to watch the reaction she has to certain things is extremely interesting and often would make me laugh. If you'd like and interesting, funny book to read, this might just be the perfect book to read.