The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, published January 2013 by Penguin.
Read: January 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Issues
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I don’t know where to start! I’d seen quite a bit of Internet and media hype about The Fault in Our Stars before I finally took the plunge and purchased it, so I guess I already had these great big expectations of what this book was going to be. I also knew that a highly anticipated movie adaptation was due for release and I definitely wanted to read it before seeing the movie.
While part of me LOVES certain things about this book, there’s this other, smaller, part of me that is just slightly disappointed – it didn’t quite live up to my really big expectations (please don’t shoot me!) but it didn’t fall too short of them either. I think this is a writer’s occupational hazard – when the publicity surrounding the book becomes even bigger than the story itself, it can be difficult for the book to then live up to its own reputation.
- The absolutely fantastic, totally relate-able and swoon-worthy writing. How is Augustus Waters SO damn mature for his age and where does John Green get his inspiration for some of the amazing, inspirational and delicious sentences he creates?! There were so many times while reading that I actually had to put the book down and just savour the moment, or grab someone, anyone, who was remotely close to me so I could read them the most perfect sentences ever written. Like this one —–> “I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.”
- Isaac’s sense of humour – I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and in this case it was usually because of Isaac, he was such a loveable character and his emotional breakdown that involved eggs… enough said.
- It made me cry – if a book can bring me to the verge of tears, or make me actually shed a few, then it is a darn good book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some sort of Ice Queen (I cry at the normal sob-fests, Titanic anyone?) but for a book to hit me in the same way I have to feel something for the characters, in this case I really did.
I just can’t stretch to a full 5/5, I really want to, but I have a couple of minor issues stopping me – I really didn’t like or sometimes even get the character of Peter Van Houten, I know that whole story line was pretty crucial to the novel, and it tied together nicely at the end, but at times it felt a little out of place and just interrupted me from reading some seriously amazing fiction. I’ve already started another John Green book, Paper Towns, and I intend to read his other work.
I’ve watched the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars and I’m just throwing this out there – I don’t know if I’m going to like the actors, Augustus is so not how he was in my head!! I will withhold judgement until I’ve seen the movie. I think it will also be interesting to see how Shailene Woodley plays Hazel Grace and also Tris Prior from Divergent, as they are such different characters and both books have their own mass followings. John Green was inspired to write The Fault in Our Stars by a girl named Esther Earl who he dedicated the book to.
Have you read The Fault in Our Stars (who hasn’t?!). Let me know your thoughts below!