And then I want to sit down with someone who has read them and drink enormous amounts of tea and talk for hours about how m...moreI WANT TO KISS THESE BOOKS.
And then I want to sit down with someone who has read them and drink enormous amounts of tea and talk for hours about how much I love everyone and how perfectly matter-of-fact Sophie FitzOsborne is about everything and how I am feeling all the feelings in the world right now.(less)
I will admit I read it entirely because it's set in Jackson Hole, near where I used to live, but this was significantly better than I expected. Of cou...moreI will admit I read it entirely because it's set in Jackson Hole, near where I used to live, but this was significantly better than I expected. Of course, angel novels are notoriously terrible, so that's not saying much.(less)
Standard-issue John Green, plus lots (and lots) of tears. The way everything played out was not surprising, but it didn't feel emotionally dishonest t...moreStandard-issue John Green, plus lots (and lots) of tears. The way everything played out was not surprising, but it didn't feel emotionally dishonest the way a lot of predictable plots can. John Green seems like a nice guy, and I'm on-board with a YA author connecting with his readers via the internet, because that seems savvy, but his books just don't resonate with me (and I acknowledge that that's a personal thing - I don't think he's a bad writer, and I don't regret the time I've spent reading his books, they just don't hit me in the feelings spot, you know?). I cried because I am human and everything makes me cry and I mean, look at the subject matter. God. I had some thoughts about what different books mean to different people, how my comparatively grief-free life shaped my reaction vs. how a person with first-hand experience in these matters might react differently &c &c, but I wouldn't be bringing anything new to the conversation, so let's just move on to the part where I rant about one tiny specific thing that hardly has anything to do with anything, yes?
So, no, I didn't love this, but I do have to roll my eyes at everyone complaining that "teenagers don't talk that way," for three reasons:
1) You don't actually know that? Teenagers are not, contrary to what the world would have you believe, a vast monolithic entity - they are not identical, do not all operate in exactly the same way. They're loud and silly and their brains haven't developed completely (scientifically true!), but they're still people, which means there is, shockingly, a large range into which their behavior/speech patterns can fall. So just because you personally don't know any teenagers who speak this way doesn't mean it's impossible that some do. And besides - 2) Lots of teenagers think they speak this way. I have always been sort of insufferable in that I think I am smarter than everyone in the world, and I definitely thought I was the wittiest, cleverest person I knew when I was seventeen. I'm sure I wasn't, but trust me, in my mind, I was blowing everyone away with my vocabulary and wit. So, I imagine a lot of kids read John Green's books and at least think they're recognizing themselves, which is fine. 3) I've only read 1.5 other John Green books (Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson), but that is clearly his style, and it just seems silly to continue complaining about it (this assumes that the reader knows anything about JG; I guess if this is your first experience with him you are allowed to complain, but ONLY THEN. I have decreed it).(less)