By some miracle, I have finished The Fault in Our Stars’ and I am over halfway through Girl Online. That’s more books than I read for the entire year last year!! hahaha. I am obsessed with audiobooks now, it was so easy to get through a book this way, that I ended up signing up to Audible, and downloading Girl Online to read this way as well. Hence the slight delay.
So, I’ll start with the book I have actually finished. For a book that I really didn’t want to read, because of the ensuing tears that it’s known for, I was apprehensive. And, I don’t like jumping on a bandwagon, so the fact that it was already a movie and I hadn’t yet read the book just made me feel a bit behind the eight ball. Top that off with an extremely annoying voice reading the book, and it all felt like a bit of a chore.
The teenagers in this book are extremely unwell and undeniably precocious. Find me a sixteen year old that actually says, ‘My thoughts are stars that I can’t fathom into constellations’ or ‘There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be a time after.’
I mean seriously. Top the precociousness with the extremely annoying voice and it was all a bit like fingernails down a chalkboard for me. Until it got really good.
There are amazing lines that you can’t go past. That touch you to the core. It is very romantic, and very sad. It is heart wrenching, and it entraps you like you want any good book to do. It stays with you. I had to watch the movie (which almost feels like a bit of an excursion when you have just read a wonderful book!) and I loved that as well. It matched the book very well and celebrated the wonderfulness of the words without ruining them on the big screen.
I was a bit cynical towards it and yet I loved it and recommend it.
I understand the hype, sheer brilliance. The audiobook also had an interview with John Green at the end which I loved, and learnt so much about why he wrote the book and the little facts within it.
I am still undecided on Girl Online. The audiobook is read by a girl that sounds EXACTLY like Keira Knightley that it is distracting, and it’s a bit too lovey dovey for my liking. To top it off I have read that although Zoe Sugg had the outline of the story, actual professional writers wrote it for her so I’m a bit blah about it all… Still love Zoe though, mwa, mwa!
Ok now I need suggestions for next month’s book please, coz let’s face it we are practically halfway through March already and I am soooo beeeeehind!
Any thoughts in the comments below, please!