I saw a first few comments starting with 'it's not Harry Potter, don't expect that'. I didn't at all, so I didn't understand the need to stress that.I saw a first few comments starting with 'it's not Harry Potter, don't expect that'. I didn't at all, so I didn't understand the need to stress that. But then I saw so many bad ratings by people who stopped reading after a few dozens of pages...and well, people - IT'S NOT THE BOOK, IT'S YOU! However, I think there are very few 15 or 16 year olds who would enjoy this book. It's not fast paced, the plot itself could have probably been written in just a 100 pages or less, but the plot is not the point of the book, the characters are. If that makes sense :)
I myself am 21y/o, I'm not quite an adult (if there even is such a thing, maybe 'adult' is just a teenage construction..the older I get the more I believe nobody has it all figured out, everybody has self esteem issues and isecurities... and this book also confirms it.) I enjoyed the book. Though the parts about the teens were the most interesting parts of the novel for me :D
This is another masterpiece by J.K. Rowling. I mean, I cannot do her justice with my words. The writing is beautiful, expressive and descriptive yet the sentences are simple. The flow of time and jumping form one character's point of view to the next is seamless. And I am not usually a fan of parallel stories or multiple point of views in a book, after reading The Casual Vacancy, however, I think it's not a bad thing itself, it's just that most writers aren't good enough at it.
Characterization is magnificent and in the end you find yourself disliking most of the protagonists yet you still can relate and sympathize with them. Almost everybody is to blame, yet no one is as guilty as the first impression would make you think. The ending wrapped up the fates perfectly and leaves the reader and the characters in the book feeling bitterness, sadness and catharsis (though, sadly for a few, it just makes them more egoistic).
I guess, if there is a 'take home message' it's that we should all try to be kinder both to each other and to ourselves. And a more practical one - acting out of spite or pride haves you making bad decisions. Being sleep deprived also cannot lead to anything good.
I will probably read this book again sometime.
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DON'T READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED A BOOK! Note: I might have the names wrong. I read the version translated to my language, but I couldn't be bothered to look up how the names are really written in English, so I'm just guessing. Hopefully it's understandable.
And now just a few remarks about the characters. Although none of them is perfect, Andrew Price (who maybe started it all... but you can't know when a snowflake will turn into a snowball and then into an avalanche...it's the butterfly effect and I don't think he is to blame, yet he will probably feel guilty), Tessa Wall, Sukvinder, Gaia and Kay were the 'good guys' of the book. I can also understand where Chrystal and Terri and Samantha Mollinson were coming from. The most utterly dislikable of them all is Gavin, who didn't even notice Roby alone, TWICE! C U next thursday, more egoistic than Colin was. Followed by Shirley Molinson and then Simon Price.
And about Fats...well... life sometimes goes terribly wrong. He was too young. Too assured yet very confused and insecure. In the end, the crime wasn't intentional yet the punishment was huge and will probably haunt him forever....more
I really wanted to like this book - because I've recently discovered vlogbrothers and because Looking for Alaska is the only book by John I could findI really wanted to like this book - because I've recently discovered vlogbrothers and because Looking for Alaska is the only book by John I could find in my country. Maybe because I'm not a teen anymore, maybe because I had high expectations, anyways, it just didn't deliver. However, it reminded me of Unbearable lightness of being by Kundera, the messages of these to books are similar. I'd rate this a 3.5 stars, but let's round it up! ...more
Nicely written, interesting to read, but feels a little unfinished... If the side characters and the aftermath were more deeply explored, this could mNicely written, interesting to read, but feels a little unfinished... If the side characters and the aftermath were more deeply explored, this could make a nice novel...more
Nije mi se svidela ni blizu kao spletkarenje sa sopstvenom dušom Mnogo je teška i Marija je malo preterala u opisivanju glavnih likova kao apsolutno saNije mi se svidela ni blizu kao spletkarenje sa sopstvenom dušom Mnogo je teška i Marija je malo preterala u opisivanju glavnih likova kao apsolutno savršenih.......more
Why isn't there a zero star grade? This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Characters are all the same - perfect, full of understanding and pWhy isn't there a zero star grade? This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Characters are all the same - perfect, full of understanding and patience and every story is written in the same voice. The plot is not believable. However,it is predictable and cliched.The whole book is just tasteless and emotionless. Don't waste time and money on this book....more