I don't know how to categorize this book. Young adult? Self-actualization book?
Often subtly funny and bursting with humor, this book is easily one of the best YA books I've read in a while. It's different from any other books I've read, it's not the formulaic happy ending Sarah Dessen, it's not court-room drama fast-paced Jodi Picoult, it's not sweet and often mysterious David Levithan, all of which I love to bits. This is different. This is John Green.
It's my first John Green, and I'm glad I'm saving it for this book. I've never read Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska and his other books, and only this one caught my eye in terms of title, cover and synopsis. How cool is it that two sick kids decide to hang out and fall in love, and talk about life? The premise is wonderful. What I did not realize is, the execution is way more complicated and cooler than that.
I fall in love with the characters, simply because they're them. Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters, Mom, Dad, Isaac.. all of them are so real you feel like you're listening in to their conversations. They're intelligent, and the story is intricately woven but with such an easy nice pace that you're just along for the ride. It shows how smart the author really is, and how alive the characters are. You just want to hug them and squeeze, but you know they'll only roll their eyes.
And how, how is it possible to tear your eyes off the pages without knowing what's gonna happen next? Life is indeed unpredictable. So is this book.
I can't go on raving about this book, but I have to say it deserved all the stars it gets in every website it is reviewed. I will definitely read Paper Town next. I will.