The first half was okay, then it got more interesting. At first it just seemed to be about a boy learning to smoke, drink, make out, and play pranks. Then it turned into a Deep Thoughts book. I like deep thoughts, and the ideas discussed were worthy. So, a mixed bag overall, but glad I read it.
great book, great reading performance! I wasn't a big fan of Fault in our Stars, but this story inspires me to read/listen to other Green books!
I read this book for Banned Books Week. I think it was challenged for inappropriate language and sexual nature or something like that. Anyways, it's a mature YA in that aspect. I am an adult that reads much more explicit all the time, but it did surprise me a little. I guess I've forgotten how it is to be a teen, but the author seems really in touch with those years. It made me remember how difficult parts can be. Also, throw in the Alaska situation, and you've got some things to contemplate. I think this is a great story because it kept my interest, but also it shows how life really can change in the blink of an eye. The intended age group doesn't seem to understand that, and we often forget it as adults too. I recommend this book to both groups. It may make you emotional, but for me it wasn't a crying situation like some of John Green's others.
Books make work bearable until work becomes writing and reading books.
John Green never disappoints me. His stories are engaging and bring back day after day and sometimes far into the night until I have a solution, an ending, a way to walk away.
John is starting to create a separate file folder in my brain where John books go to rest. He is a voice of his own that is why I LOVE reading his books.
Why Alaska, of course. I wanted to be the unconcerned wild-child as a teen.
Go ahead- you know you need a John Green fix. Just BUY IT and LISTEN. You won't be disappointed.
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
This is my first Green novel. Originally, I gave a copy to my daughter and upon her insistence and a healthy Audible Deal, I decided "sure, why not?" I have to admit, Green is a fantastic story teller and whereas I see people complaining about it, I thought it was great.
If you go into it expecting something YA and light-hearted and fun, just close the book. It's a story of the forgotten, the unnoticed and ultimately finding the reason to the reasoning. Which, in the end of the book, you realize isn't really what you need it to be, it just is. Same as life. Not every mystery gets solved or every question gets the perfect answer. Life goes as it wants and we are left to make sense of what gets left behind as we search for a way out of our own labyrinth.
It wasn't a slow start in the true sense rather I thought it was just high school drabble until one particular event in the last stretch of the book. Every bit of character development was leading up to there and it was excellent. Obviously the title gives a sense of foreboding but it was enough of a mystery to keep me going. His way of describing those teenage feelings were very similar to experiences I had as a young hooligan.
What I had began to assume would be a tragic life lesson story tailored to young adults became one of the most surprising and refreshingly rich narratives, embedded with universal themes for every age!