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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject: John Green Reply with quote

So Looking for Alaska was sad, and An Abundance of Katherines was funny, and now there's Paper Towns.

It's hilarious. I laughed through quite a lot of it, as per usual when it comes to Mr. Green.

It's sad. Not in the bawling-my-eyes-out way that Alaska was, but in a way that makes you feel like life is passing too fast, and that everyone is connected, yet stays utterly disconnected. It makes you a little blue about life, even if it makes you a little bit hopeful too. I have to say that this is better than them both, even if the characters are not QUITE as loveable or memorable or touching, but just the point of the whole story is good. There isn't a happy ending, but there isn't an unhappy one either. It just ends, and that makes it a lot like real life.

The main character, Q (Quentin) is totally typical of a John Green protaganist - nerdy, loveable, self-deprecating, and constantly underestimating himself. He is also totally in love with his next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegalman.

At first I loved her. If she had been in the story more, I probably would have totally loved her. But when you get through the story, you're not supposed to love her, and that's why he wrote her that way. Although she makes me want to read even more, and road trip. Anyways.

As with any Green character, he has sidekicks. In this case, they are the ultimate horny nerdy band geek white boy, one Ben Starling, and the 'token black guy' (as he calls himself), band geek and internet expert they call Radar. They are both funny and loveable, Ben especially, but in the way that you love him from afar and are really glad you don't actually know him in person. Radar...his family has possibly one of the most hilarious random true things John Green has ever put in a book. Q says in the book that every time he hears Radar talk about it, he laughs, and it really follows that every time it is mentioned in the book - you laugh.

My only real problem is that the "caste warfare" in high school is completely exagerrated. Everything else - the way friends backstab each other and boys cheat and whatnot, all true.

Regardless, I really enjoyed this book, more than his other two which I really liked a lot. Its more hopeful but not as positive, if that makes sense. I think he's developing really well as an author, and is one of the best voices speaking to the younger generations today. There are not many authors out there who can so deeply appeal to both males and females, but he definitely can. There's enough romance to appeal to girls, and there's enough perviness to cover up the emotion for guys. I'm excited for whatever he does next.
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Izzy_The_Goddess
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There's enough romance to appeal to girls, and there's enough perviness to cover up the emotion for guys. I'm excited for whatever he does next.


But the author IS a guy - he incorporated both the perviness and the romance into the novel - so how does this make sense?

I've only real Looking For Alaska, but his main character in that novel was so unlikeable.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:22 am    Post subject: John Green Reply with quote

At the International Bigfoot Society affair last May, they had several books by John Green for sale.

Upon looking into them, I discovered they reprinted Greens first two books in one and his third in the other.

Let the buyer beware
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