I really enjoyed this book. I think John Green is an amazing author and loved the Fault in our Stars, however I did find Looking for Alaska kind of disappointing. This book is very different to the other two John Green books that I have read, but like the others it handles some difficult topics.
The characters in this book are very interesting and complex although nothing less is to be expected from John Green. Each character is so clearly flawed, yet also likeable. They are realistic. I love Q, Radar and Ben’s friendship and I love the way everyone sees Margo differently.
Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.
This quote is beautiful and so true. This is what I love about John Green, he does not simply write, he paints the most beautiful pictures with his words. As well as being so thought provoking and deep, John Green is absolutely hilarious. All his novels are funny, however this one was not tinged with sadness like the others. I would definitely recommend this book.