The Mad Reader
John Green is an author genius! I haven’t read a book of his I haven’t loved so far, but I have to admit I am starting to discover a certain pattern.
This book, as all the others, features a great group of friends were values like loyalty comes through.
So, this book is about Q, a regular teenager about to graduate from High School who has never done anything extraordinary. He has good grades, is going to a great university but hasn’t done anything a High Schooler would deem as awesome.
On the other hand we have Margo, who is practically a legend for all the unconventional things she has achieved.
Put these two together and some crazy things may happen.
Basically this story is the crazy journey Q goes through to find Margo. It involves mystery, some self discovery and the worst road trip ever! Seriously, who goes on a road trip but doesn’t stop anywhere? Ok, ok…they had a mission, but for what road trips are worth, this is definitely the worst.
This plot was enticing and got me hooked from page 1. I just needed some more. This is the kind of book that will leave you thinking about it long after you’re finished.
I did find a lot of resemblance to Looking for Alaska, but it’s not quite the same. It deals with different issues like self discovery and the perception we have of others, and the sense of adventure these characters have is different.
The characters, as always, are very rich. They have even more dimensions they can see. They are so tangible you can imagine them easily. They could be any kid out there, which makes the story more beautiful.
Margo is my favourite. Even though Looking For Alaska remains to be my favourite John Green book, I found Margo much more exciting and real than Alaska. She is not as cryptic as her, and she seemed to have lived more, in the sense of enjoying life at its fullest. I was also able to grasp her personality and relate to her much more easily.
I would definitely want her to be my friend, no doubt. Life could never be boring with her. She is smart, interesting and with substance. Plus, you definitely wouldn’t want to cross her. No, no, this girl is a spiteful one.
As always, this book is insightful and kind of addicting. I want some more! And I can’t wait for the movie.
John Green is becoming one of my favourite authors fast!
Dan John Miller did a great job with the narration. I loved how he did Radar so smooth and chill. I think he nailed the character. He also did an excellent job with the girl’s voices and never mixed any characters. My only complaint is that I felt his voice was too manly to play Q, I kind of needed him to sound a bit younger. But overall, this narrator is one of the best I’ve heard so far.
I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. The books performance was quite well. The narrators expressions just made the text come to life. The storyline was also really well written. I love how the ending wasn't just another cliché ending, it was more realistic, which I liked.
This book just made me laugh throughout. On the other hand it kept me on my toes, it always made me want to keep hearing more of the book. I wanted to finish, but on the other hand I didn't
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
This book was outrageously funny. Smart and witty with true banter between friends. It was interesting enough to make me want to see where the book would go. I found the ending disappointing. It wasn't that it didn't tie up loose ends. Au contrair. It did just not the way I wanted it too. Would I recommend? you bet.
I must admit I was greatly underwhelmed by this book. After the first few chapters I was excited to continue, but it just slowly dwindled into a lackluster story. There are some great moments though so I would not consider my time wasted on it. It just seemed to me that it turned into a high school creative writing project - there were too many themes (almost like a survey piece on English lit) and none of them resolved well.
I think I'm finally going to admit I'm old. I just don't get the teenagers that are depicted in these YA books. They can come and go pretty much as they please and have seemingly unlimited resources to money, alcohol, vehicles, etc. I guess I just come from a different time, but none of these events could have happened when I was in high school.
I picked this up because I really enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars. This story didn't have the same level of witty humor and I longed for that to get me through it. 2.5 Rating
Even a teenage depressed girl should be able to see far enough ahead to see that the train she was on had a bridge out not too far ahead that just like all the people she despised had something in common with her. And that it is this: Money doesn't magically keep appearing at some point you either embrace the future practicalities or you don't get to participate in it. If you deny reality it will at some point betray you. So why not embrace real love and a real future while you still can. Because, at some point, you will run out of choices. Denying that fact doesn't give you a free pass from that fact. Everyone eventually gets hungry. She should have been able to see that her present condition was worse than her perceived previous condition. Even a dog knows when something isn't quite right. He offered her a return path to normalcy cracks and all she's still part of the grass.
This story is positively driven by first person monologue and dialogue with other characters.
The story is intricate, poetic, and well thought out.
If I was to make any changes to the story, I would eliminate Ben from the story or change his personality all together.