EDIT: I never get tired of this book, and it never fails to wear me out emotionally. So. Good. How are we all going to survive the movie? ...............moreEDIT: I never get tired of this book, and it never fails to wear me out emotionally. So. Good. How are we all going to survive the movie? .................................................................... ....................................................................
The above two lines of dots is an example of my mind after reading The Fault in Our Stars after roughly 5 hours last night. Honestly, I'm trying to come up with the right words that adequately describe my feelings towards this book, but it is quite freaking hard. Because those 5 hours have affected me so deeply that my well of words has nearly dried up. I will say that I feel this book is John's masterpiece. Well and truly, his magnus opus. If I thought he was a good author before, wow. This book is so beautiful, funny, painful, anger-inducing, etc. Like others have said, TFiOS makes you really feel the full spectrum of emotion, from laughing to crying, and everything in between. The story, while about kids with cancer, and death/dying/cancer are major themes, TFiOS is about so much more than that. It's about love, friendship, being let down by your heroes, finding yourself, familial bonds, and more. I loved this story, the surprises that I never saw coming, and at certain points I wanted to chuck my Nook at the wall because I was so angry (thankfully that didn't happen xD) I almost broke down in tears at some points, and I almost never cry, ever. So if a work is making me nearly break down in tears, I know that it is working my emotions in the best sense possible. And the ending was just gorgeous. That's all I'll say about it, gorgeous.
Hazel was an excellent narrator. For John's first foray into the female perspective, he did an excellent job with Hazel. Yes, she (and Augustus) were intelligent and spoke well beyond her years, but I believe that it's because she was forced to grow up fast due to her disease, and her experiences have shaped her personality/everything. She felt real, and once again, if she existed and were around my age, I feel like we'd be best friends. Her journey touched my heart, and I love the growth she went through. Now onto Augustus. Oh my god, I think I'm in love with Mr. Augustus Waters. The way he speaks, his sweetness, his intelligence, everything. His own journey nearly broke me, and I adore his character. Others like Isaac and Hazels parents popped through the page, all three dimensional and fully realized. One of the characters made me so angry, as I said earlier I almost chucked my Nook against my wall. But I'm glad that person was there, to highlight one of the book's themes.
Damn, John Green truly is a genius. If I thought so before, he really is now. As I said earlier, this was his first time writing from the perspective of a girl, and he did it well. He wrote these issues well, not tramping over anything. It helps that he worked in a children's hospital at one point, so he has knowledge of kids with cancer. Again, I truly think this is his magnus opus, his best novel ever. His writing style in this book was wonderful, and I can't wait to read his next book. (less)
God I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these words...moreGod I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these words again. This story is beautiful. It has fantastic characters, a well developed world, villains you love to hate, and amazing character growth. It doesn't hurt that the romance is awesome. A best friends romance, gotta love it. While I don't get all of the 80's trivia references, you don't necessarily need to. I will always love this book, always.
I also love that Wil Wheaton narrates the book. He's perfect as Wade. I could listen to him read the phonebook. What makes it funny, is the metaness where Wil reads the part where he is name checked. That will always crack me up, always. If you get a chance, read this book. It is a love letter to nerds, geeks, fandom, and the 80's. Can't wait for Armada!(less)
Man this series was amazing. Seriously. So poignant and amazing. This is the kind of book/series that transcends time. Honestly, I'd put up with The G...moreMan this series was amazing. Seriously. So poignant and amazing. This is the kind of book/series that transcends time. Honestly, I'd put up with The Great Gastby, To Kill a Mockingbird and the other greats. It shows what society could become, and that's scary. You fall in love with the characters, and feel so immersed in their world that you find yourself rooting for those you love. All in all, fantastic.
Holy crap!!!!! This book is fangtastic! (pun intended ^^) After hearing so many positive reviews of this book and the series as a whole, I knew I had to read Glass Houses. Boy, good thing too! I love the idea of the vampires acting as a sort of mob, running the town as they do. It's such a fresh take on vampirism.
This book is so quick and fast paced, you don't miss a second of the action. You ride the emotional roller coaster with the protagonist, loving every minute. You go on this crazy ride, not wanting for a second to stop reading. I felt so sad after reading and almost bought the second book right after.
Claire was a great character. She goes from weak to strong in such a great way. You love following her as a protagonist. But the characters that really stood out to me were her roommates Eve, Michael and Shane. I loved their dynamic as a group, even more when Claire came into the mix. They were just so great, and I wish that they were real so I could live with them. They felt like a makeshift family, loving and hating each other like family do. Monica scared the living sh()t out of me. Holy crap, I almost had an accident every time she was around. She is possibly the scariest character I've ever read. And after Warner from Shatter Me, that's saying something. *shivers*
Another great John Green novel. He has a way with words and characters as well as symbolism that I can't even describe well.
The plot is about a 17 yea...moreAnother great John Green novel. He has a way with words and characters as well as symbolism that I can't even describe well.
The plot is about a 17 year old kid named Colin. He's an ex child prodigy who wants to matter in life and wishes to become a genius. He's also dated 19 girls named Katherine (hence the title). Colin's journey is amazing to read, watching him grow up and realize some ugly things about himself. The supporting characters are fantastic too. Like Hassan. He's hilarious, but he also goes on a meaningful journey as well. All of the main characters do. It's wonderful to watch how they deal with each situation in their lives and how they come out of it. All in all another wonderful work from Green, can't wait for his next book. DFTBA! :)
EDIT: I just re-read this, and honestly, I don't remember why I liked it so much. It just didn't do it for me this time around. I still love John and his other novels, sadly not this one.(less)
I just kissed a book. Seriously. I just kissed this book after I closed it. Now, you may ask: "Why Amy, that's crazy, why did you just kiss a book? Do...moreI just kissed a book. Seriously. I just kissed this book after I closed it. Now, you may ask: "Why Amy, that's crazy, why did you just kiss a book? Do you WANT to get it wet?" Here is my answer: Because I love this book. So much, so very very much. A question is racing through my mind: "WHY HAVE I NOT READ BRANDON SANDERSON EARLIER IN MY LIFE??" Seriously, this man is a genius. A bloody, brilliant genius. Oh my god, the way he crafted this story is skillful. This world, this story, these characters, are all a thing of beauty. The Final Empire takes a classic, long tired trope and turns it on its head.
I wasn't even supposed to read this book at this point in time. You see, I started reading The Final Empire as I went on vacation at the end of August. I had packed other books I planned on reading during the week. And yet, the moment I looked at my shelf the night before I left, I swear this book called to me. It really did. It was as if I was drawn to TFE by some invisible force. I took it with me, and dear god do I not regret it. This book has kept my rapt attention, holding me on the edge, desperate to know what happened next. I have never gasped so much while reading a book, never mumbled to myself while family and friends looked on. I have not been THIS engrossed, this captivated, this emotionally distraught over a fictional world/fictional people in a long while.
Please, I implore you, if you have not read The Final Empire, please do. Do not wait, make haste to your local bookstore/computer/etc as soon as you can. Because this book is perfect. Absolutely perfect. (less)
I wanted to like this so bad. It was a Free Friday book on my Nook ages ago and it looked interesting. But the extremely wordy descriptions of EVERYTH...moreI wanted to like this so bad. It was a Free Friday book on my Nook ages ago and it looked interesting. But the extremely wordy descriptions of EVERYTHING killed it for me. I understand that it's because the book is about a forensic anthropologist and the book is written by the people who essentially founded The Body Farm, but that doesn't mean they can't make the book simplistic and good. Maybe it's because I have a more simplistic mind, who knows. But I just am unable to finish this. (less)
I hate to say it, but the movie is much better. I can't help it, I just prefer the movie. It doesn't have anything to do with Benedict Cumberbatch or...moreI hate to say it, but the movie is much better. I can't help it, I just prefer the movie. It doesn't have anything to do with Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hardy or anything. Maybe.(less)
I love this book :) My second Dessen book and so far nothing at all to complain about! Wahoo!!! :) But seriously, this book is wonderful. I can especially relate to this book because I've struggled with my weight my entire life, just like Colie. I know what it's like to be teased and bullied in school, and it is horrible. I'll get to it more when I talk about writing style, back to my thoughts on the plot. I loved this story. I loved watching Colie's journey of self love/acceptance, as well as finding friends and romance along the way. This whole story was full of realness, raw emotion, and pure loveliness. I enjoyed every second of Colie's summer in Colby.
Colie was a great character. Like I said, I can relate to her with the weight and bullying issues. I loved watching her learn to accept herself, as well as having a good time at the Last Chance Diner and being around Norman, Morgan, Isabel and Mira. You root for her to be happy, have friends, and just have a good life free from bullying. Norman was so damn sweet. I love him and his quirkiness, odd habits, intelligence, etc. I think I fell in love with him. He was perfect for Colie. Morgan and Isabel were definitely the highlights of this book. As characters they stood on their own, while being even better together. I loved their loving and volatile relationship. You can see how much they care for each other, how close they are. I also love how they make each other better people. Morgan is the more loving, sweeter, more encouraging and naive of the duo. She befriends Colie first, and is the one who gets her the job at Last Chance. I loved reading her journey with her fiance. Isabel is the more cynical, nastier of the two, but I ended up liking her. She showed her softer side as the book went on, and you see her past and she explains why she thinks some of the things she thinks. Plus she gave the blunt truth, and I love that. She really guides Colie on her road to self acceptance. I ended up loving her as a character, bluntness and all. I also adored Mira, and her ability to ignore what people said about her. I wish she was my aunt.
Again, Ms. Dessen is an excellent as hell writer. Her style is just so fluid and brilliant. I loved how well she portrayed someone who had deep scars from bullying. She is a freaking master at creating little corners of the universe where you are so totally invested in the story no matter what. Yup, I am a fan of Sarah Dessen now. And I couldn't be happier.(less)