BOOK REVIEW: The Fault In Our Stars – by John Green

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
First published: January 10th 2012
Finished reading: June 29th 2014
Pages: 316
Rating 4,5

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

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I know, I’m probably one of the last persons on earth reading The Fault In Our Stars. This book by John Green has created quite a hype in the past, and now I’ve read it, I can understand why. I’m not sure if it was because of the tragic love story between two cancer-stricken teenagers. I’m not sure if it was because I was crying my eyes out as I was trying to finish the story. I’m not even sure if it was because of their trip to Amsterdam causing me to have a flashback of all the great moments I had in that city. But what I do know is that I loved it. And that I without hesitation would recommend The Fault In Our Stars to anyone that can appreciate well written YA novels and don’t mind getting ready a box of tissues before reading. Great read!

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Since most will know exactly what the book is about without me repeating all the details, I will keep the summary short. We start with meeting Hazel Grace, who has been fighting thyroid cancer ever since she was thirteen years old. And although she has been declared terminal ever since she was diagnosed and needs oxygen to help her breathe (since ‘her lungs suck at being lungs’), Hazel is still able to go to certain places. In The Fault In Our Stars, we follow her touching journey which is both about trying to live with cancer and trying to have something close to normal teenage life. Hazel is quite a loner, and most of the time prefers being at home with her favorite book An Imperial Affliction, which is like a personal Bible to her.

One day things change as she meets Augustus (or Gus) at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Augustus is currently in remission after having lost a leg to cancer, and goes to the meeting mostly to support his friend Isaac. When he meets Hazel, Augustus decides he has to get to know the girl better… And what starts as a simple friendship bound together by books, soon grows to something more intense. Hazel thinks ‘she’s a grenade’ and wants to ‘minimize the casualties’.  But Augustus doesn’t want to forget her and ignore his feelings, and even spends his wish on making hers come true: a trip to Amsterdam to finally meet the author of her favorite book. But life isn’t perfect and has some nasty surprises ready for both already suffering teenagers. Because ‘the world is not a wish-granting factory’… And life is just not fair.

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There has been a mayor hype around this book and the movie version; in this case I think it’s worth it. The Fault In Our Stars is a book with a strong message that is very likely to provoke tears. If you haven’t read it yet and like YA novels, this one is definitely worth reading!

WWW Wednesdays #2 – June 25th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

mazeI’m probably going to finish The Maze Runner by James Dashner later tonight, as I have only about 50 pages left…  The story itself about a post apocalyptic world where a bunch of teenagers have to find their way out of a maze sounds interesting. But although I know this is YA literature, the made-up slang and dialogue is annoying me quite a bit and distracts me from the story…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

pajamasI finished The Boy In The Striped Pajamas a few days ago and still have to post the review… I must say John Boyne was able to bring tears to my eyes with his story about a nine year old boy Bruno. Set during WWII, we get to know Bruno about the time his Nazi-father gets a job at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno is too young to really understand what is going on at Auschwitz, and makes friends with a Jewish boy (prisoner at the camp)….

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

faultI know, I’m probably the last person on earth to read this book. I saw the movie trailer the other day, and knew it was finally time to tackle The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. In a way I’m a bit afraid to read it since it has created such an hype, but I guess I want to see for myself what this book is all about.

 

 

These are my answers; how about you?