Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Book Review


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.

My Review:

Well I am still thinking about The Fault in Our Stars even though I finished reading it over three days ago.  If you judge how good a book is based on how often you think of the story once you are finished, then you could consider this one a winner.  For me personally, there was a lot of hype for this book, so I went in with high expectations.  While I found the characters had real to life attributes and attitudes, I also found their outlooks very different than expected.  Maybe that is part of the draw of this book, it is the epitome of  the unexpected in this reader's opinion.  Hazel and Augustus are a rare pair and an unlikely match in some ways. They just "get" each other and there is the element of understanding that probably no one else could even get close to in their situations.  It was refreshing in a way to view their unique perspectives and it really made me ponder about the tough subject of cancer and how it really affects people. So why did this reader not give the book five stars?   Ah, well I hate spoilers and I refuse to put one in here.  Just suffice it to say that while I understood why the book ended the way that it did,  but it completely frustrated me!  Also, I was not understanding at all of "the universe wants to be noticed" instead of any direct reference to God, a supreme being or an after-life. Personally, that sucked all the hope and comfort out of a terminally ill cancer patient's future.  Don't we all need hope and something to cling to, like faith?  Even if you aren't a person who is Christian, most people believe in some type of an after-life and the fact that Hazel really doesn't believe in that at all, bothered me to no end!  Everyone NEEDS hope!!!!  Rant over, you will have to read it for yourself and decide your own thoughts.   I believe that the story will draw you in as it did me, and perhaps you will appreciate the ending more than I.

Rating:  Language and teenage sexual references

You can pick up your own copy of The Fault in Our Stars via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

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