I’ve got to admit, I’ve never read a John Green book before, and even with the Fault in our Stars hype, I still wasn’t inclined to. Mushy teenage books don’t really appeal to me any more (saying that, I really liked Girl Online when I read it recently!)
So why did I pick this one up? Basically, because Cara Delevigne was on the cover and I’m become slightly obsessed with her of late. (Who isn’t though? She doesn’t seem to be as everywhere now, but I’m sure she’ll explode again when Suicide Squad comes out. Those eyebrows!)
I kind of regret doing so. I feel like this is something that may have been better as a film – I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’ll add it to my list for when I actually have some free time.
I will admit, I liked the book to start with – the first few chapters of ‘boy is finally noticed by cool girl’ cliché were fun, but after she disappears, the book went rapidly downhill for me. It sort of felt like nothing was really happening, and when she was found, I feel like it was a bit anti climatic – I was kind of waiting for the story to get started the entire time. I probably missed some deeper meaning in the book, but hey ho.
Obviously this is only my opinion, and I’m not exactly the target audience – the book has won awards, so I’m in the minority!
I did however learn what a paper town was, so I suppose that was good thing to come out of this – my time wasn’t wasted! A new cartography related fact to add to my collection. (Plus, I’m one book closer to my target of 50 – there was no way I was going to love them all realistically…)
I think the moral of this story is that I need to move away from teen fiction!
What did you think? Have you ever read a John Green book? Tweet me your opinions!