The fault in our stars
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This isn't a forgettable book. It's funny, sarcastic, devastating, all at the same time. If you are someone who doesn't enjoy reading, all I can say is, I know many people who's minds have been changed by this book. Yes, there is a lot of hype about this book, and some people don't think it lives up to the expectations, but I find that most people who have read this book care deeply about Hazel, Augustus, and even Isaac, and if you have already read it, reread it because it is better the second time.
I love this book sooo much! It's funny and sad at the same time, which is a perfect balance. You really get to see how much Hazel and Augustus love each other which is great. This book is amazing and one of my favorite books. You should definitely read it.
When terminally-ill Hazel, meets the one-legged but in-remission Augustus, she doesn’t plan to fall in love—after all, when one’s looming death is a grenade, waiting to wound everyone around, it’s best to keep your distance. But when do things go according to plan?
This heartbreaking work—equally love story and cancer story—moves beyond the “dying teens in love” trope, steering clear cheesy life-affirming statements, avoiding over-sentimentality of what it means to live and die, and peppering in humor. Though aspects of the plot are predictable, there are enough surprises to keep the story feeling fresh and readers hurriedly flipping through pages to learn Hazel and Gus’s fates. Even the hard-of-heart will find themselves crying and laughing—occasionally at the same time.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. The silly boycrushes and superficial gossip that most writers think makes up 99% of high school steps aside for a beautiful, honest, heartrending story of life, death, and love. I can only compare this book to Markus Zuzak's award-winning "The Book Thief" in terms of sophistication and depth.
Hazel and Augustus are two of the most fleshed-out characters, particularly teenagers, that I have ever read. Their story is a joy and a privilege to read. Furthermore, their love is more real than anything else you will ever find on the Young Adult shelves.
Note- Read it alone if you can. People give you weird looks when you aren't sure if you're laughing or crying.
I do not understand all the hype about this book.
Sure, it's fairly well written, has some humor in it, and touches on the big questions about who we are and where our place in the universe is, so I understand why some people like it. What I don't get is the sheer number of people who salivate over this book like it's the second coming of Christ. It's good, I guess, but nothing to write home about.
While Green is technically proficient with his writing, I didn't care for some of his writing conventions (i.e. using capitals like the book is some kind of internet message board) and I felt like all his characters did was quip at each other. Teens, kids, adults - they're all clever and witty and, thus, unrealistic. This didn't work for me. I like my characters to be distinguishable from one another. Yeah, teenagers have big and interesting and complicated thoughts about the way things are, and some of them can be quite articulate about it, but this book... it's just too much.
This book is essentially angsty teenagers angsting about angst. Like an acutely self-aware Lurlene McDaniel story (which, admittedly, I enjoyed when I was in high school). I guess books about terminal illness just aren't my thing anymore.
The Fault in Our Stars is an excellent book and I really think John Green is an amazing author. He really presented the feelings for the characters in a way that made me realize how each character felt.
I think I was expecting too much from this book because of the countless excellent reviews. However, it was still a great heart-warming book that I enjoyed reading.
This deeply moving story about a girl with cancer hits home as this disease seems to affect all of our lives. By far Green's best book, I finished it in one day because I simply couldn't put it down. This book will make you cry, but it isn't all sadness. There are many moments of laughter at the character's wit and charm. A fantastic book.
My oldest son is a big John Green / vlogbrothers / nerdfighters fan, so naturally he pre-ordered this book as soon as he could. He's read most of the JG canon; I've read part of the e-sampler. When I finally got around to reading The Fault in Our Stars, I really enjoyed it. Many people comment how "everyone is endlessly witty and clever, even parents" and that is certainly true. On the other hand, my husband complains about reading the Percy Jackson books to our youngest because "it is written like a teen-ager talks" (in an annoying way). Endlessly witty is definitely more enjoyable, even if not realistic!
I started tearing up around page 100 and did so for a few chapters - but surprisingly, I did not cry through the end. Maybe I knew what to expect and had steeled myself? Perhaps I was grouchy that day? Or maybe I was bucked up by the knowledge that my 2 oldest children did not cry when they read it (hey, they're boys - they've been listening to the rest of the world tell them to not cry, instead of listening to me tell them it's okay to show emotions). Deep, emotional, heart-tugging book. Read it with a tissue box nearby if you're prone to tears.
This book had me laughing and crying and then laughing again....and then crying. Crying both tears of happiness and sadness. John Green's writing is poetic and beautiful and a pleasure to ingest with every page. Yes, Hazel's story is one of cancer and pain, but it also about knowing joy and finding love. I will be purchasing this book in the future and enjoying it throughout the years. It is the best book I have read in a very long time. You will not regret reading this one.
This book was oddly hilarious. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read, despite it's depressing topic. Hazel's voice was just so fresh and fun and enjoyable. The romance was sweet and felt so real, and I fell in love with Augustus. And I loved Isaac so much.
This book was incredible, even though it talked about a difficult topic.
John Green has done it again! I love all of his books, but this has to be my favorite. His writing style is so wonderful and unique. It seems that his books speak to everyone in a different way. This is a must read for everyone! Keep on writing John!
When I first started this book it seemed these characters were pretty normal besides the fact that they had cancer. They had a favorite book and loved video games. But through their averageness, you could see something special in them. I kept on reading and reading. It's one of those books that you can't put down. I loved it.
Even though the book was lighthearted and humorous, John Greene managed to make a haunting future await the Hazel and Augustus during their adventures. The ending was a gorgeous, but horrifying, plot twist, and it managed to bring tears to my eyes.
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Not only does John Green write an incredibly believable account of a young girl's battle with cancer, he also surprisingly does it with humor and lightheartedness. This book made me laugh and cry at the same time.
The plot may not sound original: two teens who have cancer meet, become close, face trials. But once you begin to follow Hazel and Augustus through their typical teenage lives, made increasingly complicated by ever-present struggles with cancer, you won’t be able to stop until you’ve heard all they have to say.
Although this is marketed as a book for teens, The Fault in our Stars is highly recommended for adults as well, as long as you’re prepared for a perspective change. The writing is in all ways smart, clever, and riveting, with an ever-present hint of absolute heartbreak.
Not only is this book very well-written and full of emotion, it is also a great way to see how John Green has grown as a writer since Looking for Alaska was first published. His characters are stronger than ever and Hazel's voice is thoroughly enjoyable. This is definitely the best book I've read all year.
i hated this book. it is terrible.
So far I haven't been able to convince anyone that a book about a teenage girl dying of terminal cancer can actually be really, really funny. Perhaps that doesn't surprise you. As many times as I say to others that it's a celebration of life, that when I was crying I was so happy that I was laughing at the same time, and that I never once felt emotionally manipulated by the author, the characters, or the narrative, it always ends with the same reaction. "I don't want to read about kids dying." How about if I say it's not about the dying, it's about the living. Living and being awesome while you're at it.
I'm not all that surprised to have this overwhelmingly positive response to Green's work, as I've read all of his other books and had similarly contradictory feelings of joy/sadness (is this melancholy?) at various points of those books. Green had worked in at least one hospital for young people earlier in his life, and I think the raw experience shines through honestly in the most powerful dialogue and narrative points of this one. Green's gift for crafting characters that I always care about and feel like friends, combined with the real life experience in the hospital puts The Fault in Our Stars right up there with his best work.
It's still much too early in 2012 to start a best of list...but I don't see myself forgetting this book later in the year when listmaking time comes again.
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