Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars
Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Date of Publication: January 10, 2012

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.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It's actually been more than a year since I read this book, which was back in December of 2013. I know, I know, the movie has come and gone and it's even available on DVD now but I'm only reviewing the book now. I had so many thoughts back then but I ultimately just shared them to select blogger friends and knowing myself, I find it harder to review a book when I've already talked about it to someone. I don't even know what spurred me to write this review now. I remember wanting to review the book before the movie came out so I can post a film review but it never materialized. So yes, watch out soon for my movie review! Anyway, let's just get this over with.

I remember being surprised at how fast I read this, and dreading that I'm reaching the ending way too fast and thus, reaching my imminent breakdown from all the feels. I tried to slow down but it's just that kind of read, the kind of which you can't stop reading. The writing was so readable and very John Green. You see, I'm not a big fan of John Green prior to this (still not) although I have only read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow at the time. It just felt like the voice of his characters were all the same at the root  of it all even if they're different. And that's how I felt with Hazel Grace Lancaster's voice. She was a cool and smart girl, but I didn't really love her. What I did love, about her that is, were her thoughts, questions, and ruminations about life. I guess when you're dealing with cancer, no matter how old you are, you get to be wise. Her questions about life, her concerns about her family, everything were on-point. So while I don't really love Hazel Grace, I found her voice fitting and interesting, especially with the story she's telling.

Then, we have Augustus Waters. Confession: I initially scoffed when he first appeared. I mean, WHO DOES THAT IN REAL LIFE? That cigarette metaphor thing? WHO DOES THAT? And who uses the word 'hamartia' in real life? *looking at you Hazel Grace* (But then I'm not American so maybe it gets used at times. I don't know.) But then Augustus won me over with his bright personality and how sweet he was. I mean, we all knew I could only resist him for a while, right? I just, I don't think there's a need for an explanation why I dig Augustus Waters.

All was going fine with my reading experience until the Amsterdam arc. And here guys, is the root of all my problems with the book. Sure, The Fault in Our Stars didn't really have a plot to follow. It's more like Hazel and Augustus meet each other and we follow this cute love story. Then here comes the Van Houten arc and a conflict is established but it just didn't resonate with me. I just felt like I was dragged somewhere I wasn't informed we were going to and all I can do is stay for the ride even if it wasn't where I wanted to go. In the end, I felt disconnected to that whole plot arc. I really care about the characters, I do, but, oh well.

As for tears, duh, of course I cried at the eulogy bit. Not with Hazel's, but with Isaac's. I was bawling and my shirt was all wet and the book almost got wet, I had to stop reading because I couldn't read behind my tears. It was ugly, guys. Which makes me realize I haven't talked about Isaac. Best friend EVER and he was so funny and empathetic and just, this band of cancer kids misfits is the best.

All in all, I liked this book and while I'm not the biggest fan, it had some amazing quotes and memorable characters and moments. I'm so happy that this book is so talked about and popular though because it definitely put YA on the spotlight.

Tomorrow, I will be sharing my theme song for The Fault in Our Stars!

2 comments:

  1. The eulogy also made me cry but I'm not really a fan of this book. I loved the quotes, though. :)

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    1. I'm not really a fan of the book and of John Green but it is well-written so, yeah. And of course, the quotes! Thank you for dropping by, Julie!

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