I really wanted to like this book, but the characters were very unbelievable for me, the "plot" dull and stale, and the relationships so flat that I hI really wanted to like this book, but the characters were very unbelievable for me, the "plot" dull and stale, and the relationships so flat that I had to force myself to finish. :( I understand that the difference between this novel and the "usual" YA getting together novels lies in the title of this novel itself: it's about gay young adults and how alike they are to everyone's universal high school first love dating woes. And I did enjoy the lovely theme of the struggle to be courageous in the face of adversity. But I just didn't like anybody, didn't like the overt simplicity and I don't feel I gained much having read it. Maybe it's meant specifically for young adults only, but I prefer YA that has a deeper meaning and message. I gave it 3 stars for being cute and short and hopeful, but that's about it....more
A really, really, REALLY surprisingly good read. I was a little worried that this book would read more like fanfiction than literature, but I was pleaA really, really, REALLY surprisingly good read. I was a little worried that this book would read more like fanfiction than literature, but I was pleasantly surprised. Both main characters are lovely and interesting in their own ways, and the supporting characters are varied as well.
One jarring thing you should note is that the POV switches mid-book. At first, I hated it, because I was really enjoying being inside Belimai's head, but I did grow to enjoy the alternating point of view after I got over my initial jolt. My only other complaint would be that the lovey-dovey stuff, while not overdone, is not exactly on par with the characters either. I did enjoy the romance quite a bit, but when any characters profess love, I don't necessarily think it's so scripted as it ended up being in this book.
Overall, though, a really fabulous read and worth a look. The plot, characters, setting, and mystery elements were all very well done, and the humor is sort of odd but just how I like it....more
An amazing read. One of THE best books I have picked up in a long while, and it was on complete impulse that I decided to read this. I love John GreenAn amazing read. One of THE best books I have picked up in a long while, and it was on complete impulse that I decided to read this. I love John Green as an author from Will Grayson Will Grayson, but I hadn't known which title to seek out next. In a Barnes & Noble last week, I was looking for a fun, distracting read, and boy was this it.
Beautiful writing, exquisite main and supporting characters, and wit that is beyond charming and bordering on jealousy-inducing. I was incredibly glad to learn after reading this book that John Green had a lot of help with the math and anagram stuff, because otherwise I may have hated him for being even smarter than I already thought. ;) I mean, you can't get much more amazing to me than being good at math AND clever linguistic tricks.
Colin, as a main character, is just so...just so EVERY teenager and so ME that this book does mean a great deal to my thoughts and feelings on life as well. I feel like John Green was writing a little of me and of all of us into Colin's thoughts about "mattering".
Hassan, as a secondary character, was equally charming and so funny that there were times I caught myself laughing so loud I scared my partner and cats. He reminded me a lot of Will Grayson's friend "Tiny" in WGWG, and in the best of ways, really. I loved that these were BOYS and definitely not men - very self-centered and immature but also so THERE for each other in ways I like seeing in a bro's road trip book. (It's NOT a bro's road trip book, but you could probably argue that too)
Lindsey, as a non-Katherine, was endearing from the first words out of her mouth. I loved her wit and gender neutrality - she was trying to be popular, but you got the impression throughout that that wasn't what she was really about, and I'm so glad she became such a well-rounded, lovely character. Men are usually so bad at writing women as one-dimensional, but John Green really never falls into that trap, and I love him for it.
I also love that he managed to include a mention that Colin's relationship theorem worked for ANY couple (including gay and lesbian couples). He really didn't have to write that in, but he did, and that makes reading a heterosexual book deeper and more welcoming from a gay standpoint....more