So maybe you’re thinking, “that title is a bit random” and honestly you’d be right! I realised the other day that I haven’t done a book review in a while and the truth is – the last few books I’ve read either a) haven’t been worth blogging about or b) I haven’t actually made it to the end of! Once upon a time, I would never have left a book unfinished, but somewhere over the years I’ve decided that life is too short for bad books (and movies, tv series etc) and if you’re just not enjoying it – GIVE UP!
I first discovered John Green, with “The Fault in Our Stars“. As with most things, I was late to the party and I really only read it because I knew the movie was coming out and I wanted to see that – but I like to read the book first, before seeing the movie – as I definitely can’t do it the other way around. I really loved TFIOS and I even loved the movie adaptation. I really don’t have anything bad to say about either and I was sure I was in love with John Green as an author.
Next came Paper Towns. This was partly because I enjoyed TFIOS and partly because it was again another movie that was going to be released. I ordered and read it within a few days and truth is, I could put the book down once I started. At the time I wasn’t sure if it was because I was really enjoying it, or because I just wanted to know what happens. I think that truth is, I just wanted to know what happened, because I haven’t watched the movie since, or really thought about the book at all. However in the haste of the moment, I ordered more John Green books, figuring I would probably enjoy them my other two experiences were pretty good.
At the time, I’d posted on Instagram about loving TFIOS, about reading Paper Towns and about ordering another three books. I had various comments – my best friend telling me she only liked Looking for Alaska, someone saying Paper Towns was one of their favourites and someone else commenting that they enjoyed Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
I started with Looking for Alaska. I enjoyed it somewhat, for the most part I think, but after the change in pace midway through the book (I won’t spoil why, but the chapters are basically a countdown to this point), I struggled with the story and wasn’t really sold on the rest of the book. After that came An Abundance of Katherines and the truth is I really didn’t like this book. I didn’t like the characters and the book is predictable. To be honest if you make it about a third of the way through the book, you can pretty much guess how it turns out. I’m yet to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but sadly I’m not in a hurry to do so either.
So I started off with The Fault in Our Stars, thinking I had found a new favourite author – 5 out of 5 stars! By Paper Towns I was maybe down to 3-4 stars, Looking for Alaska was a definite 3 and An Abundance of Katherines was maybe a 2? Now obviously I appreciate that everyone is different – as you can see from the comments I received on Instagram, everyone likes different books – but in my experience, I’m sad to say that John Green is a bit of a one hit wonder for me.