06/08/2013

Review: The Fault in Our Stars {John Green}


The Fault in Our Stars  

Despite the tumour-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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This review probably won't do Green's masterpiece justice, so I will begin by saying this: there are books and then there are books like this. This is a book that'll change how you see the world and will allow you to connect with each character on a truly deep emotional level. You will laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry. And you will fall in love right alongside them.

One of the best things about TFiOS is that the characters aren't 'dumbed down'. John Green writes realistic, authentic, smart protagonists who make mistakes and screw up but are also capable of poignant and intelligent thought.

Hazel was witty and self-deprecating and completely human. John Green adopts the female narrative with ease and Hazel is just hilarious. She's also bad-ass and the way she thinks of death and deals with her illness challenges preconceptions of 'cancer kids' and is honestly riveting.

And Augustus? Well, I challenge you not to fall in love with him. He's adorable and vulnerable and sincere and optimistic and brave and defiant and so funny. He's the boy we all wish was our first loveEven John Green wants some Augustus:

  How did this get 71,000 notes?! 
Also, now that tumblr is being bought by yahoo, does this mean I will finally get paid for every note generated? And if so, can I declare that payment as fishing boat proceeds?! How did this get 71,000 notes?! 
Also, now that tumblr is being bought by yahoo, does this mean I will finally get paid for every note generated? And if so, can I declare that payment as fishing boat proceeds?!

This isn't one big sob story. John Green effortlessly avoids that by creating laugh-out-loud fun. He writes the poignant parts with depth and the equally-important laughs come naturally. This isn't just another romance novel, but a love story. Between Augustus and Hazel, between Hazel and her parents, between Augustus and his best friend and between them and the world and life.
"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."




 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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4 comments:

  1. Well, no, it wasn't. I'd never even heard of it. But now it's in my reading list! I'm going to amazon now to see how much it is. Thanks a bunch! I can't wait! (As if I need another book in my list of books to be read!)

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    1. Weeeeeell I would apologise for adding this to your TBR mountain but I'm just too excited for you to read it!
      Ooooh maybe you'll get lucky with your Amazon copy, because I ordered mine from there and it ended up coming to me signed (which may have caused me to jump around the room like a kangaroo on crack).

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  2. This is a wonderful review! This book is in my TBR list, I just haven't got a chance to grab the book yet but I will! Soon! This will be my first John Green book. :)

    Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I really can't fan-girl enough over this book haha. I'm sure once you read it you'll be a John Green addict - the man is just so cool and can really create great characters.

      If you like TFiOS and are looking to check out some more of his stuff I'd REALLY recommend Paper Towns :D

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