Today I’m doing something a little different, and I think that I’m going to start doing author reviews so here we go
First up is Mr. John Green. I’m going to do this without spoiling any of the books but make sure you don’t click the links if you plan to read the book and haven’t yet.
So I’m going to have an unpopular opinion here. I am not a fan. John Green has written four books (solo, he has others with multiple co-authors) and I have read three of them.
The first was The Fault in Our Stars which I think is totally overrated. Not that it was badly written or anything but the hype around it is super inflated. I also have some personal reasons for not liking the story because of the people around me, but if you want to know more about that click the link above (careful, there’s a huge spoiler).
The second book that I read was Paper Towns (also full of spoilers, so take caution). It was recommended by a friend and I really thought that it was a waste of time. Not only the whole plot of the book but especially the ending. Literally you get to the end and it’s like “so all of this happened for nothing…?”
The last one that I read was Looking for Alaska which I disliked so much that I’m not going to bother writing a review for it. I had a really hard time getting into the story and then when I did I still really had a problem with the way that the main character sexualizes Alaska, it’s disgusting. Not to mention the huge turning point in the story, after that I kind of stopped caring about everything else ya know? And then the ending was kind of just like, “Oh okay. That’s it? Well, I guess that ‘s cool then”
Overall I think his writing style is good, he writes amazingly interesting and fun characters (for the most part), but the plots are kind of dull and boring.I also am not a fan of using the r-word as someone who has siblings with mental disabilities, so that was a huge turn off and it happens often in his books. When I was in elementary school, I was taught that the climax or turning point of the story is supposed to be something huge and then the story declines into a resolution. I can point out what’s supposed to be the climax in all of the stories but ironically I find all of them fairly anticlimactic, and then there’s hardly any resolution. Especially for Paper Towns. I feel like every time I reach the end of one of his books I feel like the entire story was for nothing and that by the end, the main character just ends up accepting something that they had no control over in the first place. I mean, I guess that’s a good lesson – to be able to accept that some things are just out of your control but there’s hardly any difference between the three of them.
If I had to rate in stars, I would give John Green a 2 out of 5.