This book was good, but it could have been much, much more. What was meant to be a story of grief and loss felt underdeveloped and slightly unrealistic, relationships between characters were often confusing and it didn’t seem like the behaviour of the teenaged characters was quite right. The boys populating the story seemed more like the fantasies of what girls want them to be like – openly sensitive and vulnerable in a way that I have never heard of guys acting. I have also never heard a guy say “he’s my best friend” about someone, yet they say it frequently in this story.
Despite its flaws, this was not a bad book. It had its good parts and many of the characters were interesting, it just was not as deep or powerful or thought-provoking as it could have been. The way the characters deal with their grief, while probably in line with real-life reactions, didn’t strike any chords with me as a reader. All I could glean from it was that if I lost my friend, I would have no amazing carpentry or photography skills to fall back on.
All in all this felt more like a Looking For Alaska by way of Paper Towns attempt, with a little bit of Thirteen Reasons Why thrown in but it never reaches the emotion or poignancy of John Green or Jay Asher’s work. Somehow, though, I still found things to enjoy about this book. It’s worth checking out if only for the awesome cubby-house ideas. Recommended for ages 15-18. Contains coarse language, mature themes and sexual references.
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While Green’s attempt at a more light-hearted novel doesn’t quite hit the mark the way Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars do, this book remains a complete delight to read. Packed with all the clever humour, host of well-written characters, and pretentious use of excessively large words we have come to expect from Green, Katherines is a nice attempt to avoid the more serious issues explored in his other novels.
The little facts included on the pages are really what make this book special, not just because they are informative, but also because the wry humour of the novel reaches even into the tiny footnotes. I think a sign of a great novel is when even the smallest of passages at the bottom of the page can make you giggle while reading.
This is probably the one Green book which will not cut your heart into a million pieces, and for that it has its place, maybe not as a classic, but as a genuinely lovable novel with real heart. Check it out, you won’t regret it.
Recommended for ages 14+. Contains coarse language, sexual references and mathematical formulas which may make your head explode.
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This is the must-read of all must-reads. John Green has magic writing skills and this is arguably his best work yet. Utterly heartbreaking. Captivating. Intelligent. Hilarious. Perfect. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this book will leave a mark on your life, guaranteed. Readers will bawl their eyes out, and it will be one of the best experiences of their lives. To say I’m eagerly awaiting John Green’s next novel would be a massive understatement. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature themes, sexual references, coarse language and infrequent mild videogame violence which will probably only affect you if you are severely sensitive.
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This amazing novel is the first and one of the best works of Young Adult literature master John Green. Deeply moving and extremely clever, this novel explores everything about life and death while keeping its young characters firmly in their own world. Miles, Alaska, The Colonel, Takumi…. they are never anything more than themselves, even on paper. They are just teenagers. Facing some particularly difficult circumstances, yes, but they are still teens, and the narrative never loses sight of that. Green captures adolescence in a way so few Young Adult authors can – honestly. Every character of his is not only compelling and endlessly fascinating, but they are also so real it is as though they are about to walk off the page.
Readers will laugh, think and ultimately be left tearful and breathless. The perfect teen novel. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains coarse language, sexual references and mature themes.
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