Full disclosure: I’m a John Green fanatic. He is hands-down one of my favorite authors. In all of the fiction novels he’s written, he has such a unique and authentic voice that shines through so it was so awesome to read something that was simply coming from him and not one of his characters. I really can’t say enough good things about this book to
This collection of essays is a poetic, but realistic, examination of the little nuances that humanity contributes to the world around us. In a time where we are often inundated with just how harmful humans can be to each other and Earth as a whole, Green celebrates the flaws that make the human condition what it is. He somehow manages to make something as mundane and ridiculous as the largest ball of paint a vector for commentary on larger themes of the human condition that would resonate with anyone.
This was exactly what I needed to recover after the whirlwind that was The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. For an even more ~elevated~ experience, I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook because one, it’s narrated by Green himself and two, theres 3 bonus essays that aren’t in the book. My personal favorite one is called “Mortification,” and it talks about the highlight reel that Green experiences when he tries to sleep of all the embarrassing things he’s even done in his life which is VERY relatable to this anxious gal.
5 out of 5 stars