A sad, yet darkly humorous YA book about love and loss

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: PG-13, one closed
door, somewhat vague sex scene

Spoilers: No

Coffee Beans: 4/5

Cover: Simplistic but good

Instalove Factor: Not really

My Personal Recommendation:  Read it

Opening Line: “Late in the
winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably
because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the
same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my
abundant free time to thinking about death.”

Favorite Line: “As he read, I fell in
love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” (Pg 82, ebook)

Publisher’s Summary

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 Review

The Fault in Our Stars isn’t a cheerful sunny YA book with a
happy ending. It’s about two teens who have cancer (albeit in remission) and
find each other. It’s not so much a book about broken people finding romance or
about self discovery or redemption. It’s about love and loss and how life can
be really sucky sometimes; but at the same time, be really great. A lot of
times, there is no meaning behind something bad that happens, no greater
purpose, or silver lining. Sometimes, it just has to happen. And we grieve, and
we mourn, and we live on.

I loved this book for so many reasons. The writing of Mr.
John Green was just amazing, the dark humor was commendable. I thought the
relationship these kids shared through their cancer brought a strong sinew of
attachment between them that was stronger than a “normal” relationship created
in normal YA books. The characters (Hazel Grace, Agustus, Isaac, and Peter Van
Houten) are unique and well written. Hazel Grace and Agustus are so honest with
each other and it’s a breath of fresh air. Neither on is trying to impress the
other, they realize there’s more to their side effect of cancer than that.

And yes, there were several times I laughed or smiled; but
there were also several times where my throat tightened and my eyes teared up.
Things happen in life that we don’t think should happen, and sometimes those
things sneak up on us and hit us in our blind side so hard that we see stars,
and the fault in those stars.

In the end, the pros outweighed the cons of this book (it
seemed to drag a little towards the end). I highly recommend this book to readers
who enjoyed books with the emotional impact  of The Sky is Everywhere, the reality of books
like Zero, and the good writing found in Wanderlove.

Check it out.

--Me

Dear Me,

It happens to 30somethings as well. Not a story, I know firsthand as the survivor.

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