Green, also wrote the brilliant The Fault in Our Stars , Turtles All the Way Down, and Paper Towns. What he is so good at is taking normal life and finding in it both humour (I actually laughed out loud in a public mplace and I don't do that) and poignant truths about the human condition. These he expresses tersely and in the words of the characters so they seem part of the story but are actually very profound.
- “One of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down.” (p 1)
- “Mothers lie. It's in the job description.” (p 2)
- “Colin Singleton could no more stay cool than a blue whale could stay skinny.” (p 4)
- “Girls are very fickle about the business of kissing. Sometimes they want to make out; sometimes they don't. They’re an impenetrable fortress of unknowability.” (p 74)
- “They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.” (p 75)
- “Monotony doesn't make for painlessness. In the first century CE, Roman authorities punished St Apollonia by crushing her teeth one by one with pliers. ... After a while, having each tooth individually destroyed probably gets repetitive, even dull. But it never stops hurting.” (p 94)
- “I think you can do whatever the fug you want to in your life, and that's a pretty sweet gig.” (p 131)
- “See, popularity is complicated, yo. You have to spend a lot of time thinking about liking; you have to really like being liked, and also sorta like being disliked.” (p 136)
- “Getting a gun in Gutshot, Tennessee, is easier than getting chlamydia from a hooker.” (p 137)
- “Katrina's easier than a four-piece jigsaw puzzle.” (p 142)
- “Moonshine can make you blind, and what I've seen of blindness so far hasn't really impressed me.” (p 145) What I’ve seen of blindness, Very good.
- “If people could see me the way I see myself - if they could live in my memories - would anyone, anyone, love me?” (p 147)
- “I'm full of shit. I'm never myself.” (p 148)
- “Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering.” (p 212)
Delightful. August 2018; 213 pages