It’s tough to read uber-popular novels as the girl who fine with being the one who doesn’t read the New York Times bestsellers. To this day there are series that sell millions and continue to enjoy social media campaigns that I will never read. Still, when I saw the trailer for this movie, I did develop a curiosity for this The Fault in Our Stars book. After some debate (the most important of which is an Instagram post), I took the bait and bought a copy.
The story (as everyone knows) follows the exploits of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Watters, two teens who both live with cancer. Only difference in their situations is Hazel is terminal and always will be; her experimental treatment is just to prolong her life. Augustus lost his leg to the disease but not his zest for life and the fortunate circumstance to be in remission. This is their story.
The Fault in our Stars, by John Green | Book Review
How to review, rate or discuss this The Fault in Our Stars book? I’m not sure the task is an easy one. The book is one of those that makes an excellent first impression then sinks into a kind of oblivion that isn’t easy to come back from; particularly in the latter half when it’s more annoying than delight. There’s these barbs that seem quite the insult. The early half of the book is charming; there’s a warmth and beauty that surprises me. I love the wit, the characters and the general notions the story presents. Nothing seems forbearing despite the cancer support group opening. This is what is most beautiful about the book; it doesn’t focus on the cancer (it really doesn’t, and yes, I know everyone says that, but it’s true) nor does it sink (early on) into some black hole of depression. For that, I applaud.‘THE FAULT IN OUR STARS,’ BY JOHN GREEN #FWarchives #BookTwitter #YALit Click To Tweet
The second half is different. Why exactly I cannot pinpoint it just is. There is a more vivid realization of what happens behind the wit of these characters; both physically and mentally and it’s perhaps more angst-y than before. The journey these two go on is unique and because of that, I’m finding it difficult to find much more to talk about. Hazel and Gus are their own brand of unique and I do love that about them. They had a special kind of relationship, something often more superficial in the YA genre, which is probably why this will be a book I’ll remember reading for a long time.
Will I reread it? Honestly, I don’t know. It’s one I’ll keep around for a while (it looks pretty on my shelf, after all *wink*), but as to if it’ll be one of those forever favorites, I doubt that. There is admiration for the story and certainly, it’s not hard to fall head over heels for Hazel Grace Lancaster or Augustus Watters – they are two of the best characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and that will stick with me for a long time.
About the Book:
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
Note: This is secular fiction so there is profanity, and a non-descriptive but clear indication that two teens sleep together. There’s also some crude references to anatomy (some in regards medical terms, though it’s a “joke”) as well as conversations about being a virgin.