John Green fans traditionally mark Looking for Alaska as their favorite of his books. I’m sorry, folks, I just can’t concur. Quite the contrary, Looking For Alaska is my least favorite of his books. Up until Day Zero, I can’t stand the book. Miles is such a prat, so selfish and unlikable. The only thing that gets me through the first 60% of this novel are the famous last words, which I do find fascinating. While reading any of his novels, you are confronted and fascinated by John Green’s quirky intelligence, and I love that in his books, but it’s not enough for […]
Author: John Green
Aza is almost definitely probably for sure going to die of C. diff. She doesn’t have it yet. Or maybe she does. She doesn’t think so. But she could. Probably. Her mind is an ever-tightening spiral of reminders that her body isn’t her own but really she’s just an animated corpse and everything she does is actually at the whim of the millions of microorganisms that make up the physical being that is her. Meanwhile, her best friend Daisy is in a new relationship and this guy she knew as a kid has recently lost his father. And by lost – […]
This was my first John Green book, back in… 2010, maybe? An Abundance of Katherines is, for whatever reason, still my favorite. I think perhaps it is because of the random “not interesting” (totally interesting) random facts, or the fact I was Lindsey Lee Wells in high school, or maybe just because Gutshot is a fun little town… I don’t know. But I love this book and the reading of this version was excellent. I’ll definitely visit this audio version (and the hard-copy version!) again.
I have an extraordinarily difficult time giving John Green five stars because even though I find his books to be sheer brilliance, I also could not sit down and read them over and over again. They are, ultimately, depressing. As strange as it sounds, they are depressing in a good way, because they make you think about things that you don’t want to think about. In this case, I find themes to be the cruelty of fate, living life to the fullest, courage, and knowing oneself. There are a million things that one can take out of a John Green […]