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This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
I am not an emotional reader. Hallmark commercials, Disney movies, beautiful songs, but books never really have that effect on me. I read them, I think about them for a few days, and then I let them go. I've never been swept up into the world of a book enough that I feel the triumphs and tribulations of the characters.
Until this book.
I can't accurately describe the life this book has taken inside of me. I read it through Thursday night, staying up hours later than I should have; I woke up three times in the night, heart racing, caught in the emotional impact of the book; I thought about it all through my Friday morning errands and class; I listened to the audiobook (though not in its entirety) when I returned home. Two days later, I am still having a emotional reaction to parts of the book, sometimes out of the blue. I feel like there are these long-reaching aftershocks, and every time, they twist my belly into knots.
Green stated that he'd sought to write an epic in miniature. I cannot think of a better term for this book. It's unlike his others, it's unlike anything I've read, and I am not sure I can carefully set it in one category or another. It is beautiful, it is haunting, it is funny and tragic and overwhelming.
If you are a nerdfighter or simply heard of the hype surrounding this book, believe it with a grain of salt. Believe it with a voice in the back of your head telling you to be cautious. Because the first two chapters we've all heard are nothing like the remaining 23. And all 25 are nothing like Green's other books, but in the best and most wonderful way. I feel like this is the writer Green was meant to be, the one we've all expected to emerge since Looking for Alaska.
Entertainment Weekly picked "luminous" as their descriptor, but I would disagree.
My word is "resonant", and I am still feeling the afterglow.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2012 11:48:05 AM PST
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For Four "Amber J." says:
I literally (lol) said "Oh... my...gosh!" when I read your review. I bought the audiobook too, which was either a great decision or a really bad idea, because the narrator was very good and I think that's why I just couldn't shake this book off of me for several days. It was weird, I experienced insomnia for the first time ever after listening to the whole thing in one sitting. I woke up like 4 times with these strange feelings near my heart or I felt shaky and certain scenes from the book would be on my mind and I almost felt worried for the characters as if they were real. It was all just very very weird, but I feel less crazy knowing someone else out there had a similar experience. So thanks for writing such an honest review.
Posted on Sep 20, 2012 4:55:56 AM PDT
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