I finally read The Fault in Our Stars!
Okay, let me explain. I usually read books before my classmates do but The Fault in Our Stars? No. I had no interest in a book about teenagers with cancer. I don’t enjoy thinking about death and depressing things like that and I just didn’t think TFIOS would be a good fit for me.
But I did end up reading it so things must’ve changed somewhere in there, right?
Yes. One evening after weeks of hearing about the splendid and awesome and heart-wrenching and beautiful The Fault in our Stars is, I found myself in a bookstore with my mom. I couldn’t find anything I wanted (I know, right? Shocking but true at the time). At the checkout, there was a book display for The Fault in our Stars and I ended up making a split second decision… and buying it. I read it within a few days.
And it was good. Very good. Very, very good. Very, very, very go–well, I think you get the point. I promised that this would be a review (sort of) so I should probably get on with the review part.
This book was an experience. I cannot think of another way to put it. It is very rare that you find one of those amazing books that, at its core, is just very emotionally honest. The Fault in Our Stars is simply exquisite.
Characters? Wow. My friends were raving about how Augustus and Hazel were “meant for each other”. I can’t say that I am a huge fan of romance because I’m not. I wasn’t very impressed with Augustus at the start. I mean, he is staring at Hazel through the entire support group meeting! Isn’t that kind of creepy? And then he invited her to his house. And she said yes. But as the story continued I grew to like Augustus after he and Hazel bonded over a novel titled An Imperial Affliction.
The character development in this novel is incredibly rich. Both Hazel and Augustus are such quirky, brilliant and unique characters, people I would like to know more about. Together, they were possibly my favorite two characters ever and I hope the movie does justice to them (Side note: I saw the trailer. Looking positive.) Another feature was the dry humor and wit, which I adored. I loved everything about their relationship. They were so sweet together. Kind of like this:
John Green is a really good writer. Duh, you might be saying, he’s, like, famous. Let me explain. There are a lot of books that get famous because they have a fresh, original concept + tons of marketing. But to find a writer that is able to string words together and actually make you sob or laugh or groan along with the characters, that is a rare thing. Plenty of the books that I enjoy don’t even do that. To me, that I what a good writer is and that is what John Green is.
The other thing that I feel the need to discuss is the ending. I was hoping that it would be like:
But it wasn’t. It was sad. I am not going to spoil the ending so I will simply say it made me cry.
I wouldn’t recommend this novel go anyone under twelve because there is some mild swearing and a sexual scene (but there is no intense, graphic details. Just a Before and After).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, funny and honest. Hazel and Augustus are such wonderful characters that sometimes you forget they are that: just characters. I can’t think of a better way to end this review then to include a quote from TFIOS that describes me feelings toward this novel perfectly:
” Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird, evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans have read the book.”