Touching, wry, succinct
This is like Catcher in the Rye. It has a profound undercurrent that builds subtly until its final pages. I think most adults will find it funny and moving. Any teenager would be engrossed by it; however, I think most teenagers' parents would not want them reading it due to its brief sexual portions and its prevalent drinking. There are consequences of these however, one of them leading to asking for forgiveness, and another contributing to a death and asking for forgiveness on a more profound level.
This is an amazing masterpiece of a story. A book written in the overwrought world of boarding schools somehow manages to push past the tired and trite to find not only a new story, but a new, heart-wrenching look at life and love. This book leaves you guessing, from the "will he, won't she" tension of a good teenage romance to the astounding twist that managed to catch someone who has read hundreds of teen fiction books by surprise to the "how is this going to work out" ending. John Green managed to take the ordinary, turn it into something extraordinary, then bring it around to something that anyone who has ever loved can connect with. The depth of the characters is at once amazingly deep and tantalizingly not quite enough in that perfect blend that makes you sad the book is over but somehow unable to think of anything it was lacking. If you like the non-fantasy teen genre, do yourself a favor and get this book. You won't regret it.
A very well done audiobook and a great read from author John Green. He has a way of writing that is intellectual yet completely relatable, and I would not hesitate to recommend this book. The characters are interesting and it is easy to get pulled into the world of Culver Creek. Also fascinating are the overarching questions about life, death and love. Excellent read, excellent listen, and I hope to read many more from him.
I loved this book and I am far from a young adult. I enjoyed the characters and I will miss them. The narrator was great. And the book provided plenty of food for thought. Out of the Labyrinth and into the Great Perhaps.
I'm not going to go into great detail, but I really enjoyed this. John Green's "voice" as a writer suits my mental state perfectly. This is the 3rd book of his that I have read/listened to and I was not disappointed. It was intelligent, humorous, sad, kind of predictable but still surprising.. kind of perfect .. it drags a bit at the end.. but wraps up nicely.
avid listener, during exercise and travel. Been doing for 30 plus years and probably will never stop. I am trying to read more recently, it requires more downtime.
This was my first John Green, I really enjoyed it I'll be reading more. The story was believable and sound is in the language of a 16-year-old.
I really did NOT like this book for about the first 1/2 to 2/3. But it was a good distraction while I ran and a friend had really plugged it. So I stuck it out and ended up really liking it.