The first John Green novel I read, and I instantly fell in love. A very powerful and compelling novel that would make you feel connected to everything that's happening in the book.
This was recommended to me just because I liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I expected them to be the same. At some point, yes it is quite the same. Both of them talks about teenage lives, not some book life but the actual one which I believe is really happening to other teens. But honestly, this one has more depth compared to Perks.
If you think that this book talks about Pudge, then you're certainly wrong. This talks more about how the new people he met at Culver Creek, introducing them and their personality and later on tells us their effects into Pudge's life. This is not one of those books whose story is about the life of the narrator, but about the people around him.
A very powerful novel that connects the reader to the book through its words and magnificent arrangement of events. John Green has this talent of making you feel like you're one of those characters, or you're with them inside the room.
You'd definitely miss the characters the moment you close the book and after I've read it twice, I realised that everything is heavier than it was the first time I've read it.