I admire your reputation. WGWG?
Hmm, I can’t remember if this friend has read WGWG… She’s read at least one John Green book before (and enjoyed it, as far as I know), but she’s sort of avoiding TFiOS because she’s heard about how sad it is.
But yes, I have a reputation among my (few) non-nerdfighter friends. TFiOS has kind of become “that book I’m obsessed with.”
FOR GOOD REASON. It’s a great book.
I think avoiding TFiOS because it has emotions in it is sad in and of itself. It’s like Hazel wanting to avoid people because we’re all grenades. There are also happy parts to people though eventually our endings can be sad. Likewise, there are amazingly happy parts to TFiOS even though it also is sad. I feel like if you avoid everything that has the potential to be sad you’re missing out on a lot of things that have the potential to be awesome…
Oh, I definitely agree with that, and it frustrates me when people have that attitude towards sad books/movies/music. But I’m almost positive my friend will read TFiOS after her semester ends. I’m assuming that, for whatever personal or school-related reasons, she wanted a lighter read at the time I recommended it. She hasn’t disregarded my recommendation or anything, just put it on hold for a little while.
I can understand that, you need the right mentality. I’ve barely read all year by virtue of feeling to stressed out and jam-packed with everything else to make time for reading. Though I did set aside a whole day for just reading TFiOS and going to lectures. But now that summer is here, books!