I ’ ve just grown tired with John Green romanticizing the white heterosexual nerd ’ s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, and I was ery intriguin to read his brother ’ s work.Frankly, I expected to tumble into this book dissonant and harsh in my criticism—but what do you now ... I actually eally liked it.
She is ow a celebrity, hated and loved with equal ferocity, and when people start getting besieged by perplexing dreams of the Carls making, April takes upon herself the inconvenience of persuading everyone that the Carls are a peaceful entity and not whatever maleficent meaning many want to suit to their existence.April soon finds out that the fame that tied her to the Carls made the world—and maybe even her closest friends—love her a little mor.
Les than anything—and I hate to admit this—I ’ ve come to believe that the things I isliked about her were things I isliked about myself: the unnameable need to be reminded, the thing of selfishness that is putting up so many walls around yourself that you can ’ t see anyone or anything beyond your own problems, and sometimes being—for lack of an apter term—a spectacularily shitty friend.But Hank not only weaves together a suspenseful tale of April 's involvement with an alien sculpture and her quest to figure out its origin and intent, he also does so with sly social commentary, and, for me, that was the best part.Hank Green created a story with great deep undercurrents.
Especially how trying to ind yourself through your feed and measuring your self-esteem on likes and comments eventually creates an alternate version of yourself that you coul only attain at the price of laborious efforts, and that ultimately obfuscates your very sense of self and puts you between a fantasized—but not less real—you behind a screen, and he real you, who becomes more and more fictional.This book also hammers at social-media for glamourizing and rewarding the worst of human attributes ( vanity, exaggerated self-importance, materialism, deception, envy, ostentation, narcissism, superiority, etc ...) and conditioning people into believing that any of these traits are positive or favorable.
Hank is serving some seriously scorching tea about social media, let me tell you.Which is why it ’ s impossibl not to be frustrated by thi ook 's second-half shift away from real relationships with clear and present stakes in favor of pursuing a meandering plot that builds up to what I think was a trite ending, but it 's a disappointment experienced mostly in retrospect because, as it turns out, this is only a standalone.
And I 'm s intrigued to see where and how th story unfolds.Moreover, This ook as quite frankly more diverse than any of John Green 's books [ insert the I SAID WHAT I SAID gif meme ]: April is bisexual and her girlfriend Maya is a sapphic black woman.