In one word: intimate. "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
This book is easily one of my favorite coming-of-age novels because the main cha...moreIn one word: intimate. "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
This book is easily one of my favorite coming-of-age novels because the main character, Charlie, is someone that resonates with you. He is a wallflower, an introvert who stands on the sidelines, but through these letters, he lets you into his head, his emotions, and his heart. It’s incredible, it’s authentic, it’s relatable. It’s an emotional affair. (less)
“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”
From the above quote, you can already get an...more“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”
From the above quote, you can already get an insight to the kind of people that Hazel and Augustus are. They are two teens stuck in a world of sickness, yet they are so incredibly unique, quirky, and weird. I couldn’t help but smile and laugh at the exchanges between these characters and to the rest of the world. John Green takes a well-used story and created these two characters that truly carry and make the book. They embody their cancer, poke fun at themselves, and are the kind of people that don’t wallow in self-pity (though they have a perfectly good reason to do so). It makes for a great read.
In a nutshell… I laughed. I cried. I laughed while I cried. I cried while I laughed. Pick it up, it is amazing. (less)
Rose is not as prim as her name - she's an absolute bad-ass character with snarky remarks but with a fierce loyalty to Lissa. I can already say that she's one of my favorite protagonists in YA books. Other characters that also kick ass... Dimitri (that sexy mature man!) and Christian (what can I say? I love those brooding quiet ones).
Mead does a remarkable job at creating a world and introducing it to the reader without being in your face about it. Her storytelling and structure remain strong throughout the novel, and while I had some suspicions about what was going to happen next, she still managed to surprise me. On top of that, I feel that Mead tackles some areas and concepts that pertain not only to the characters in the stories, but to the audience. Realistic and relatable issues can be found through issues like rumors and popularity while there are stranger things going on like dead animals on your bed. Mead manages to weave a supernatural story while also balancing the fact that these are still girls with teenage problems.
Great first book to the series. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book, Frostbite! (less)