John Green is a startlingly good writer of teen fiction. As a mother of teenagers, I am enjoying both his writing and the way he portrays these young people and the situations they face. It's hard to remember what its like to be that age and I love the way John Green gets me inside these youngsters' heads. I have recommended this to my 17 and 14 year old daughters. I think its a bit mature for my 12 year old right now.
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
I want to be careful that I don't spoil anything- but I enjoyed this book immensely. The reader is terrific and I revelled in every minute I listened to this book. It absolutely covers the span of what it's like to be a teenager and the emotions and conflicts that are apart of being that. I am newly converted John Green fan, but man, everything I get my hands on, I love.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I had problems with Jon Green's Fault in our Stars that I distilled, in my review, to his concept of cancer perks. But I said I was willing to give him another try, and so I did, listening to Looking For Alaska. And now I have an even bigger problem with perks -- specifically, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Just type in Looking For Alaska vs. Perks in your Google and before you can even finish your search criteria, you will get a stream of autofilled results about how similar Alaska is to Perks. For the record, Perks came first by about 5-6 years. Why didn't any of the people Green thanks in his afterword stop him and say, "John, uh -- you know, Stephen Chbosky has not only written this book already, he even directed the film. Maybe you should change things up a little."
This is not a problem of similarly themed stories. This is an exact copy. Shy boys with no friends goes to a new school and is instantly taken in affectionately by the cool kids for no reason that makes sense, instantly curing his shyness. He instantly falls in love with the wild child girl who has a boyfriend in college and who sets him up with another girl. They both have teachers who touch something special within them. And it all comes crashing down at the end with a virtually identical climactic event.
Like all John Green characters, these kids always have the perfect bon mot ready on the tip of their tongues, without fail. But compared to the Perks characters, they are that shallow, with little in their past to explain their current behavior, with one exception (there isn't even an attempt to explain why the main character ever had socialization problems, which based on what happens in this book is not something he actually has).
Perks has sexual identity crises of various sorts, traumatic events that are believable rather than contrived, consequences that are far more common in real life than the contrived ones cooked up by Green. John Green is all over the YA best seller lists with his books. I don't get why. Read Perks of Being a Wallflower instead, if you haven't already.
This book offers what all the other reviewers said, but I can't say I would use words like "fantastic," "amazing," and "terrific." It definitely made for an interesting read(or listen) but the end was anticlimactic.. So anticlimactic that I did rate this book with four stars, but thought of the ending and brought it down to three.. So, buy if you are an avid Green fan, but not if you have just have, by chance, found this book. Maybe I'm not being fair.. This book made me laugh, be sad, be happy, and maybe I snorted. (maybe). The narration was FANTASTIC, and he does deserve that word. The characters were easy to relate to and made you like them, but that is about all the positives I can think on the top of my head.
This book was real, hilarious, gritty, soulful and touching in so many ways. I agree with the other people here. A great read for young adults -- and great for the rest of us, who have known these characters in one form or another, both in school and throughout life. Don't miss this one!
This book was so well written. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. The characters are realistic, the connections between the characters are relatable, and the overall message is beautiful.
I didn't love it. The narrator was great, it was the characters for me. I suppose I am still of the mind set that high school is not the place to have sex or drink or smoke or pretend to be adults...I guess I don't think that drinking and smoking makes you an adult as well. So the way the book made or seem so casual, got on my nerves. I loved the theme of the great perhaps, the exploration of the unknown, but it was predictable to me. Not my favorite, or my least.
The story is very symbolic, and the underlying themes of suffering and purpose in life are present throughout. John Green doesn't sugar coat anything, and this realism peaks at an awkward sex scene. Having watched John Green on the internet a lot, I was surprised. He is very different as an author than as a vlogbrother and crash course host.
One thing that confused me was that the whole first half of the book is setting the stage for what the book is really about, and the second half was much better than the first. Throughout the first half, it is counting down days to an event, and I didn't know what was going to happen until it happened. I'm not sure why the first half needed to be a whole half of the book.
Overall, this is a great book by a great author.
I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.
I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.
I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.
The narrator was great.