In some ways it's a shame to give such a low rating because this has to be one of most clever, amusing stories I've ever read.
I didn't really start gIn some ways it's a shame to give such a low rating because this has to be one of most clever, amusing stories I've ever read.
I didn't really start getting into the story in till about page 80, but then I was having massive trouble putting it down; I just need to know what would happen next. Very addictive.
It has a great plot, intrigue, and well-developed, interesting, quirky characters. And what's so great is it carries off a plausible but high-sense of drama, never steeping into melodrama and cliché. I spouse the high quality of the writing is what enables authenticity where it would seem ridiculous elsewhere. It makes me admit that life is, just a story, human motive, intrigue, and reaction; and even in real life there's often a silly amount of drama over the mechanisms of the social world. It becomes prodigiously amusing, all the more because of the realism! Seriously, probably the funniest novel I have ever read, no exaggeration. I can't explain, you'll have to read it, to understand the particular wit and cleverness of this novel. It's the characters', actions, dialogue, and secret motives that add so many different layers of entertainment.
Best scene ever written, when frantic Horry, thinking she's murder Lethbridge, runs into shit-faced drunk Pommeroy and Pel, and the conversation and antics that follow. Such good, funny realism. It was lol funny.
So what kept it from being four or five stars? While, maybe I'm a downer in my seriousness, but to me everything should have a meaning. Especially a novel, that I'll spend hours reading. What makes a masterpiece is its ability to completely entertain but stimulate something deeper too. Simultaneously. You can't over-compensate meaning for entertainment, or the other way around. A great book has both in abundance. That's what the convenient marriage completely lacked, and therefore no matter how amusing, it'll only ever be good.
And don't get me wrong, with this level of entertainment and high-quality story, even the slightest bit of intellectual stimulation would have bumped to four or five stars, there was no need for life-shattering revelations or deep profundity. In this case just the littlest bit of meaning would go a long way.
So; five-stars as entertainment, (that might be your taste or all you're looking for), 3 stars as literature. ...more
The first impression was it was stupid, immature, and one-dimensional in that cliché typical YA way. It was riding at a one star for me but it did havThe first impression was it was stupid, immature, and one-dimensional in that cliché typical YA way. It was riding at a one star for me but it did have a slight hike in quality and interest at the Eureka! moment. After that there were some flashes where the story seemed to penetrate something more real. If could have been three stars if it maintained more of that instead of the constant infusion with cheap antics.
Once in a while there was something very funny, but the majority of the humor was very dorky, and I relies that's spouse to be the charm of it, but it just didn't work for me. It was just plain, uh, dorky. Not charming.
I think the biggest problem though was, against my own will, I disliked the main protagonist. Again I understand his whole dorkiness is spouse to be massively charming and endearing, but for me it was annoying, irritating, lame, and didn't evocate any sympathy. It's not that I had a cerebral problem with him; there just wasn't any congenital emotion. The whole 'genius thing' was a one-dimensional stereotype. And that translated out into the interpretation and story's history of teenage romance, being flat, one-dimensionally hallow.
It’s my opinion that John Green's an over-rated author.
Although very wavy thought-out there was a general rise in the quality of the story. The ending being far better then the beginning.
Wow. Genius. This might be the best book I've read all year (and I read a lot).
First of all everything was so interesting. I suppose it's because youWow. Genius. This might be the best book I've read all year (and I read a lot).
First of all everything was so interesting. I suppose it's because you see everything in the story through a person's mind that is so different from yours. There was hardly a moment when I didn't feel the sincerest engagement in the story. I was always concerned with what was happening at moment and what would happen next. In this respect, it is a novel ranks the highest caliber.
Now the writing is so authentic, simple and serious, that it's strikingly beautiful. Ex. "And all I could see would be stars. And stars are the places where the molecules that life is made up of were constructed billions of years ago. For example, all the iron in your blood which stops you from being anemic was made in a star." The narration and voice is just so peculiar, making for a bizarre brilliancy. Truth rings out from every word, like the white noise between two radio stations.
The story manages to have a lot of meaning without actually trying to make a point. That’s unique. Refreshing.
This is a real, great piece of literature. A class of novel few reach. ...more