My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m speechless and yet I have a lot to say about this book. I’m writing this review a couple of days after I finished reading it. And I think it’s safe to say that anyone who’s read this book understands what I’m trying to convey.
First of all, I’m uber glad that so many people will get to read this book – young and adult – because this book is essential. This book needs to be passed down from generation to generation. It holds the importance and intelligence required to impact the reader’s life, take the reader’s hand to a path of growth and free them from looking down upon a person’s health – be it any form – mental illness, in particular.
Aza, our protagonist, isn’t a product of just the author’s imagination. She shares a lot of details with him, inspired by his own experiences and thoughts. And that’s another fact that makes it all the more real, honest and amazing.
I love how nothing, about Aza’s mental illness and obsessions, is sugar-coated but so brutally honest. Because that’s how it is for someone who’s going through it, it’s real and it doesn’t seek permission or approval before playing its role. I also appreciate how sometimes it gets difficult for the reader to experience some of the harshness and helplessness with her – makes way for empathy to grow.
Does it get better? No one knows. Does it get fixed? Probably not. And that’s okay. It’s completely okay. Because despite it all, Aza is brilliant and wonderful and immensely loveable.
I love how social media has such a role in the story and how teenage life is portrayed. Chatting, blogging, fan fiction! Star Wars fan-fiction!!!
I’ve never given it much of a thought in other books, but observed a lot of it in this. It was definitely necessary, being such a part of every teenager’s life.
The entire story is a journey and an experience on its own, it might not be easy for everyone but it’s definitely required.
Also, I’d like to thank John Green for how he chose to end it. It ended how it was supposed to, being in sync with how the rest of the story was written, in a real and an honest way. There was no cheesiness, no perfect ending but a beautiful ray of hope and aspirations of how Aza’s teenage life would shape up and eventually bloom into a bright future.
Like I said in the beginning, I have a lot to say about this book but I’m speechless.