The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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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.

John Green is a legend. I’ve known this for a while, yet I do not know why it took me so long to pick up one of his books. The internet has nearly hurt itself raving about his literary work. Why then did this book strike me as nothing completely out of the ordinary? Yes, I enjoyed it, and, yes, it has good parts, but the fawning to reality ratio is off.

My main problem was Hazel. I am always on the lookout for interesting, unusual, and relatable main characters being male or female, old or young. From the moment the book started I knew Hazel was going to be one of those, “I’m not like other girls” characters. I could sniff it out from the first chapter. However, I decided to cut her slack for it her situation she can’t be “like other girls” because of intense battle with cancer. Still, I didn’t appreciate that trope tying down a character with such potential. Still, Hazel had her good parts! My main problem, however, was the romance. There was nothing so wrong with it, mind you. They seemed to have chemistry and all that, but I just didn’t like the romance. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, I just know it was distasteful to me. Then again, I am picky with my ships.

Now, we come to the good parts! The story and the storyteller. It was in these two areas that I completely understand and agree with the internet’s obsession. John Green’s way with words was so raw and relatable, yet in a poetic way. It was choppy and odd, but it was supposed to be like that. It gave you an understanding of how Hazel’s mind worked. It was brilliant!

The story was extremely interesting. I often say that a story rarely can be done right without a tolerable or great character to guide it. However, this story was so well done that, though it had an absence of a good main character, still managed to bring its all to the table. I have not read many books that can do that. The story was so simple, unique, poignant, insightful, and raw.
Triggers: several harsh swear words, and several more mile cursing. There were also unexplicit instances of making out and an unexplicit bedroom scene.
Overall, though I was disappointed initially by the main characters and half of the entire plot, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it to romance-loving teens and young adult readers.


Well, that’s all for now. What do y’all think of this book? Which of John Green’s books is your favorite? Let me know if you wish. Thanks for reading! See y’all on Friday! God bless you!

Ciao.

We read to know we are not alone.

C.S. Lewis
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