I really wanted to fall in complete love with this book like I did when I read The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, I did not. It's not that it's aI really wanted to fall in complete love with this book like I did when I read The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, I did not. It's not that it's a bad book. Don't get me wrong! But it isn't as brilliant as some of his other work.
To like this book you have to look deep inside of you. I'm a senior in high school. I've got less than two months until I graduate. So this book hit me at a perfect time in my life.
John Green does something that John Green in best at. Understanding teenagers better than teenagers understand themselves. Green has this uncanny ability to create something prolific from something so minuscule.
Now maybe I didn't like this book as much because it kind of lost me in the middle. Maybe it's because it didn't make me cry. But it made me think. It made me think about what was important in my life. About how I looked at my life, and what I was going to do with it.
Looking back at it, the middle (where I got lost) was probably the most important part. It's the part where the main character begins to realize who he is. You see Quentin realizes that all the people in his life are very different from what he believes them to be. Not because they're leading him on, but because he has a mental picture of who his friends are. While it's not completely incorrect, it's not perfectly accurate.
We see people in our lives how we want to see them. We do things because we believe that we need to do them. We spend every day of our lives planning for the future. And as soon as that future gets here, we begin planning ahead for the next day.
I'd really like to write a longer review of this book. But there's not a lot to say. If I were to try to paraphrase the 332 pages of this book I would never do it justice. Because what I get out of it will be completely different than what you reading this right now ever would. This book draws from the experiences of the reader. You project your own feelings into this book, and that's what makes it so great....more
Let's begin by saying that this book will mess you up in the head. You will fall in love with one character, while you despise another. Then, the nextLet's begin by saying that this book will mess you up in the head. You will fall in love with one character, while you despise another. Then, the next chapter you'll change your mind. By the end the lines between "good" and "bad" are slightly blurry and you'll be left wondering who exactly you should hate (I vote everyone).
This book is like a car wreck, you just can't look away. I would reach the end of a chapter knowing full-well who was the antagonist only to be twisted like a pretzel in the next one.
I really like the format of the story. Flynn creates a plot that is easy to understand, yet impossible to follow. It's told from two points of view. The man's (Nick) and the woman's (Amy). Nick's is a first-person present POV while Amy's is a flashback journal entry (and other things that I can't spoil). This keeps the story fresh and keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
I think the thing that jumps out at me most while reading this was Amy's disposition towards men (and people in general). She talks about how she creates personalities to fit what she wants people to think of her. When she gets bored, she changes herself into something different. While it sounds crazy...it's what we all do. We're just less psychotic about it. She also points out all the ways that women change themselves to make men happy. She says that she was the, "Cool Girl." They kind of girl that men like. It's a really good look into what we do socially to please people.
This book is also a good example that everyone is insane and we should probably seek help. Amy is creepy and yet totally endearing. Throughout the book you'll draw parallels between yourself and her. If you don't then you're lying to yourself. She is just a more extreme version of humanity. Too smart for her own good.
This story is so full of twists that it's hard to remember what's true and what's fictional. Anymore information and I'll ruin it for you. All I can say is that the writing is spot on. It's been a long time since I really enjoyed reading something.
Definitely worth the read + a secondary one (because i'm sure i didn't catch everything).
[Fair Warning: there is some pretty strong language and some sexual situations in this book so consider yourself warned]...more