E-Book, 293 Pages
By: John Green
“We all know how loving ends. But I want to fall in love with the world anyway, to let it crack me open. I want to feel what there is to feel while I am here.”
I read three of Green’s books and I was not really a fan of them, I never got the hype and I thought that the writing was almost pretentious! I don’t usually give authors more than 2-3 chances but the thing is this is a non-fiction book and I had a feeling it would work better with Green’s style and it looks like I was right! For once in my life, I can say that I genuinely enjoyed a John Green book!
The book is a collection of essays written by the author and is inspired from his podcast with the same name. I don’t follow the Green brothers on YouTube because I simply don’t regularly watch videos and I have very few subscriptions! I did not know about the podcast even but after reading this book, I am kind of intrigued! I may give the podcast a chance at one point although the audio format rarely if ever works for me.
The essays involve all kind of subjects and I loved how it can range from personal experiences to well researched subjects! It took me a few essays to warm up to the book and get used to the format but once I was past that, I found it highly enjoyable and addicting! There are approximately 50 essays or so (just a rough estimate, I am not sure of the exact number) and they discuss countries to food to songs and even illnesses. I also loved how an essay about a sport for example would be discussing something deeper and more important than the title of the essay sounds!
The writing did not feel pretentious and it felt professional! There were a lot of great quotes and overall it was just easy to read! I also loved the introduction about ratings and the way Green rated things mentioned in the essays hence the name of the book! For its smart design and emotional writing, I give The Anthropocene Reviewed 4 stars1
“One of the strange things about adulthood is that you are your current self, but you are also all the selves you used to be, the ones you grew out of but can’t ever quite get rid of.”