3 out of 5.
Honestly, I was quite disappointed. I heard a lot of good things about this novel. Some people were like oh this is just beautiful! or This is really sad! and I can’t deny it is both beautiful and sad, but for some reason I don’t really find it all that impressive or anything. I thought it would be the Jonathan Safran Foer kind of beautiful. I mean, obviously, I can’t write as good as John Green, but it’s just… you know. Just one of those books I will perhaps forget soon. I guess it didn’t really leave a mark or scar on me.
I do like Augustus/Gus though. I like Hazel. Isaac, too. I also like Peter. There are many things mentioned in the book that kind of made me think and smile. It is also undeniably better than the other average books published these days. I may not superlike it (ugh, Hazel’s influence on my vocab), but I still kinda like it.
Mono no aware in Contemporary American Literature. Precious. I don’t really find that kind of theme in most American novels I know. They’re mostly in Japanese literature like Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami’s works. That’s great, I guess.
What I didn’t like about it, though, is this feeling I get when I read it… It’s this feeling which tells me that it was written for an audience. I mean, I understand some writers like writing for an audience, but I don’t find that very appealing. I feel that they were written to impress. Maybe that’s why I like it when J.D. Salinger hid from the public after The Catcher in the Rye. It’s like he doesn’t care about the audience and writes for himself or something. Anyway, I think there was an attempt to be “cool” here. Like, a Tumblr kind of cool: moleskine, Chuck Taylors (although… that’s like so yesterday, right? lol), hipster teenagers etc. And then there’s this line I take pride in not knowing what’s cool which made me raise an eyebrow. I still like that line though.
Also, it’s just careful. Too careful, maybe. It’s so innocent and lovely and careful. I like dangerous ones. I like novels that take a lot of risks. Maybe that’s why I like Chuck Palahniuk’s works. They scream danger! or this must be banned! or something like that. The Fault in Our Stars is just too careful and cool for me. It’s cool. I don’t like cool. I like dangerous.
Or maybe it’s too American. Or too mainstream. I’m not really sure, but this one is a pretty good book nonetheless. You should read it.
Posted 1 year ago
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