First, a note about the author: John Green has had success as an online vlogger, as well as an author. In 2007, John and his brother, Hank, who lived in different cities across the US, created a vlog series where they only communicated through video messages that were posted on YouTube. I believe that it is fair to say that the Green brothers are two of some of the original YouTubers. In 2010, the began hosting an annual gathering of you tubers called Vidcon and are very well respected by and connected with many of the big names on YouTube. Even before I had read this book or even heard about John Green as a writer, I knew of him and his brother as a source for enlightening information on the internet (the two brothers currently have a channel where they discuss history and science). I was pleasantly surprised to hear that John was lauded as being an excellent writer of young adult literature. If anything, I would have expected a “geek” to be a writer of sic-fi. I continued to hear great things about his writing, especially this book, so I decided to give it a listen
I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it for many reasons. The story is very powerful, the characters are well-developed with a strong voice, and the narrator of the book did an excellent job. What I like best about this book is that while, yes, it is a book about a teenage girl terminally ill with cancer, it is also just about a teenage girl. Like I previously stated, the characters in this book are excellently developed. There is one particular character, a old, man who has a number of layers to his personality and backstory, just as any human would. I loved this character the most because his words and actions kept me guessing. I feel like I should have more to say about the book but I don’t want to giveaway any parts of the book as all of the little surprises that I came across were what I liked about the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age and have already planned to read An Abundance of Katherines, another highly recommended book by John Green.