This was pretty good – I read it quickly but probably more because (1) I was off work and (2) I had a book club deadline I wanted to meet more than that I couldn’t put it down. In fact, there was a few moments of fought off sleep.
On one hand, I like Aza as a character. She’s annoying and frustrating, but the way she’s struggling with this mental illness (It feels like a version of OCD to me) felt pretty realistic. My husband has OCD and believe me, he’s annoying and frustrating at times. But I still love him and Aza was still loveable. I felt for her and the pain and frustration she felt with her inability to control her spiral.
On the other hand, it’s so hard to picture a teenager talking/thinking the way she does. In fact, that would be my most common complaint with John Green’s portrayal of teenagers. Sometimes they get really angsty and realistic and other times, I find myself WISHING teens thought that deeply more often. This definitely had a bit of both.
I really REALLY enjoyed Aza interactions with her crush… whose name I have currently forgotten. Man, did I feel for him and his little brother Noah. And the mystery surrounding their father was interesting, though far less prominent to the story than i thought it would be.
Overall a good read, just not my favorite for the year or anything.
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