Book Review of The Fault in Our Stars
Today I’m reviewing The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. This book was the choice for Julie’s virtual book club for the month of March. See her review here and also check out other bloggers’ reviews.
I wasn’t all that excited about reading this book, when it was chose as the book club selection for March. I HATE reading and watching sad things that make me cry and this was about a girl with cancer meeting a boy with cancer…..I could pretty much predict this breaking my heart, just by reading the summary.
Here’s that summary from Amazon.com…..
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.
My thoughts on the book……
Before we get to the book review; which contains spoilers, I want to let you know what I thought about the book. While the book definitely has heartbreaking moments; it also has many moments that are witty, charming and downright funny. The book is not as depressing as you would expect a book about kids with cancer to be. The two main characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are beyond wonderful. They are teenagers, but not your average run of the mill teenagers. They have as much depth and wisdom as someone who has lived a long life, but it doesn’t come across as unbelievable and totally works for this book. I liked that the diagnosis of cancer wasn’t sugarcoated. I don’t have any experience with kids and cancer, but the story came across honest and sincere.
Would I recommend this book?
The answer is…..yes! It’s not my all time favorite book and I have to say, I enjoyed Gone Girl way more, but it’s a quick beautifully written novel that you will not regret reading. From what I’ve seen online, the story is going to be made into a movie. Click on this link for more info and the actress that will supposedly play Hazel Grace.
Review with Spoilers…..
Much of the novel revolves around a book,‘An Imperial Affliction’, that Hazel Grace has read and is somewhat obsessed with. The book ends suddenly with the main character (a young girl) passing away. Hazel and Augustus make it their mission to get to Amsterdam to talk to the author of ‘An Imperial Affliction’ and find out what becomes of all of the other characters from the book. I feel that the trip to Amsterdam and finding out what happens to all of the characters is so important to Hazel and Augustus because, with cancer, their lives are so unpredictable. Hazel and Augustus yearn for something they can count on and know with certainty. Meeting the author of ‘An Imperial Affliction’ definitely doesn’t go the way you would want it to. But when the author, Van Houten, shows up at Augustus’ funeral it’s just too perfect and I love that Hazel didn’t oblige him. Then the way everything comes full circle with Van Houten in the last chapter is so good! The Fault in Our Stars left me feeling thankful for what I have and made me more aware of not taking things for granted.
Something to think about….
Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? If so, tell me what you thought.
What are your feelings on reading sad books or watching sad movies?
It’s Thursday! Have you made any fun plan for the weekend? We’ll be celebrating my nieces b-day at Chuck E Cheese….I know, crazy weekend!!
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