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!
I was enjoying the story and listening with my 13 year old. We have loved other books by this author. I was super disappointed with the nearly pornagraphic descriptions of sex between the teens and a first blowjob. I'm a pretty open parent about discussing sex with my kids, but I felt it went too far. Can't recommend this book to anyone I know.
Meh...I've done worse things with my time. Truthfully, the book wasn't very good though.
It all felt stale and unoriginal. The author was purposefully going after my emotions...which made it impossible for me to really feel much of anything (except manipulated).
He does sound appropriately teen angst-y.
Nope. Uh-uh. Can't think of a thing.
I regret, with every fiber of my being, purchasing this "book." The characters--shallow, sexist, condescending, and boring; the plot--dull, and tries too hard to be inventive and philosophical. John Greene is the worst writer I have ever encountered. DO NOT spend your money on this awful, awful, awful book.