We present to you another sister-to-sister discussion! If you’re new around here (best of luck surviving), this is a original review-style that we created (aaaages ago) where we banter back and forth in our review!
Warning: GIFs included.
CAIT: SO! Mime and I never read the same books. It’s a terrible reality.
MIME: We do cover more ground this way, but then we don’t have books to talk about.
CAIT: We decided (in all genius) to swap a book. I forced asked Mime to read The Fault in Our Stars. And Mime asked me to read When the Hipchicks Went to War. When we finished, we cried and threw the books at each other’s faces.
MIME: Because we’re nice like that.
CAIT: We’re not going to discuss Hipchicks because a) it wasn’t that good (sorry Mime) and —
MIME: It elicited an emotional response, didn’t it, Spock?
CAIT: Sorry, are you talking to me? Let’s just admit my recommendation (of TFiOS) was better.
MIME: I also recommended Sisters Red, and you liked that.
CAIT: Oh! That was a good one! But anyway! We are discussing (believe it or not) The Fault in Our Stars. Since I read it ages ago, I’ll ask Mime how she felt about it. So, Mime. How’d you like it? Am I not fabulous and great at recommending books?
CAIT: Aw, poppet, you don’t mean that.
MIME: You’re the mean one. Okay. When a books is about two kids with cancer, do you expect the tears of fandom to stay inside my head? I think not. All right? All clear? I need a tissue.
CAIT: The tears of the fandom? In your head? Oh gosh. You have it BAD.
MIME: So you know those books that start off really funny, and you just laugh and laugh and then suddenly you’re crying because of a mean plot twist you should have seen coming, but you didn’t, and now the humour is making you cry because it should have been happy, but happy is only an illusion, and pain demands to be felt? Those books? This is one.
CAIT: Now, dear, the world isn’t a wish-granting factory.
MIME: The thing about this book is I couldn’t figure out if the writing was really good or very slack. I don’t know. It kind of abused the rules of readable grammar. Random Capitalization. And extremely long sentences that go on forever, with the occasional Question Mark. In a way, that was the style, but I wasn’t sure if I applaud the author for breaking the norm, or raise my eyebrows, and say, “There’s a reason people don’t do that. It’s kind of hard to read.”
CAIT: You always raise your eyebrows. It’s like you have to find FAULT IN THIS BOOK because of a) the title, and b) you’re suspiciously logical.
MIME: John Green is the new Katherine Patterson. He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you cry, and then he’ll bury your body in your own tears.
MIME: Strangely enough, I would, in fact, read his other books. Don’t know why.
CAIT: You’re masochist?
MIME: It’s called Life of Fan. It’s sad, but true. Are we going to discuss this book, or just the feels?
CAIT: Um…the feels?
MIME: So, the plot was interesting. I’ll admit it, a lot of the time, the plots in contemporaries leave a bit to be desired. But this one had twists and turns and interesting travel. It didn’t stick to all the norms, which was nice. Like, the end of year dance. For once, there was no end of year dance. (Also, the MC didn’t go to school, which was nice and different. A contemporary does not need to take place in a cliched high school, where 99.98% of the characters are jerks. The two who aren’t are the MC+significant other. But I digress.)
CAIT: You do realise, that 99.98 rounds up to 100, right? Are you saying the world is populated by jerks?
MIME: If their names are John Green, then yes.
CAIT: THAT’S IT. YOU’RE OUT OF THE HERD.
MIME: The thing is, why is it that only books that are overwhelmingly sad/stressful get fandoms?
CAIT: Because happy people don’t shut themselves in their rooms all day and read. They go out. And do things.
MIME: Look, just because we’re sad and lonely people does NOT mean we’re unhappy.
CAIT: But we read John Green. We’re unhappy now.
MIME: But there’s a certain happiness to reading sad books. Okay?
CAIT: Okay. *sob*
MIME: STOP IT! STOP IT TAKEITBACKYOUNASTYPERSONIT’STOOSOONHOWDAREYOU?
CAIT: Sooo, were we talking about sad and unhappy people?
CAIT: Well, I’ll go on by myself then? Let’s talk about the humour! It was funny! And kind of warped…now that I think about it. I mean, the pedophiliac swing set? And the egg petition? And the joking about their sicknesses? It was all rather deadpan.
MIME: DEAD?! That’s a perfect example of the humour.
CAIT: I thought you were sobbing quietly? Go back to your corner, beast, I’M talking.
CAIT: But you know the thing that really hit us the most? When Hazel and Gus swapped books…they went out and BOUGHT new books to read! Like, just like that. SNAP. Went to the shop. Bought books. Devoured them in a day. No premeditation. Oh gosh, I’m mildly jealous.
MIME: And I really liked the description. I liked how it had all the details of their medical routines, but it wasn’t draggy or repetitive. I don’t know. I just found it interesting and the writing used a lot of 5-senses.
CAIT: So, Mime, are you happy I recommended you The Fault in Our Stars? Aren’t you extremely grateful that I showed you the wonders of the world of John Green? Aren’t you desperately excited for the movie! Oh, and more John Green books! Oh, and aaaaall the feels to come. And —
Cait and Mime are extremely excited for the TFiOS movie. They plan to be in the cinemas the second it’s open. They will probably spend most of the movie laughing (because Cait deals with stress by laughter) and hitting each other (because Mime deals with Cait by blows). Popcorn all round! Currently, Cait is reading ANGELFALL and Mime is read THE FIREBIRD MYSTERY.