Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Acquired: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 98% or A+
Buy It: Amazon
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
My Thoughts::
I'd like to start off by saying that this review will HAVE NO SPOILERS. I won't even tell you if I liked/hated/got depressed about/cried when or WHATEVER. This review will be purely about the writing itself and my opinions about non spoilery things. I want you to be able to read this book without knowing anything that could ruin your experience.

The beginning of the book sucked me in right away. Both Hazel and Augustus are amazing and clever*. Their conversations are just so witty and the entire time I was reading it I kept thinking "I wish I talked to people like this!!" I've been seeing this as the only "bad" thing about the book. That Green's characters are TOO clever to be real or super relateable. But the truth is, in most of my favorite books, things happen or characters do things that I'll never do, but this doesn't make them unrelateable. It's the thoughts and ideas and feelings behind what characters do that makes them relateable. Besides, I'm not reading books for reality.

*Side note: Just about all the characters are amazing! Even though this is totally Hazel and Augustus's story, we still feel what an important part the other characters play.

Like most other readers, this book made me feel ALL OF THE EMOTIONS. I was never overwhelmed, but is was quite the emotional roller coaster. You know a book is truly amazing when it makes you want to read a book, talk to an author, and listen to a band that don't exist. This is because John Green is a great writer and knows how to immerse a reader completely in his stories. I really had to read huge chunks of this book at a time because I couldn't STOP reading and I didn't want to.

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