Finished Looking for Alaska by John Green
It certainly is not one of my favorites and I rather detested it but it was highly entertaining. There were some really interesting characters and as well written as the narration is, the main character doesn't relate to the reader at all. Angsty teenager in search of a new, exciting life? Sure! Angsty teenager who is shallow and kind of a dickbag to everyone but the girl he likes? Eh. Recommendable but only so that I'll have someone to talk about it with, not so that they experience reading a great book.
The love interest also got categorized into the overused and rather annoying manic-pixie girl personality, which is certainly not what I signed up for. I was looking for something more like Green's previous novel, The Fault in Our Stars but I received something completely different, yet somehow mildly likable. Some personalities seemed so bluntly put and even forced onto the reader. There was no discovering what type of person a character really was.
The book is thought-provoking and exciting but the main character and love interest didn't rise up to match it. On the fence, very much so on the fence.