Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars 
by John Green 
Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, Inc. 
318 pages

"Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." (pg. 33)

You (as in, all you bloggers) have said that this is such a book.

"A million book bloggers cannot be wrong. I'm in the midst of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS which is freaking fantastic. Two things:
1. I am going to marry Augustus Waters.
2. Nobody - and I mean NOBODY - better die.
I'm on page 92 and I can't take it." ~ me on Facebook, July 25, 2012
"I am not reading another book again. Ever. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is destroying me, people (in a good way). I am a sad mess and I somehow have to get through another 50 pages." ~ me on Facebook, July 26, 2012 
You don't need one more review of this, because I am the last person on Earth to read John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. You already know how good it is because either a) you've read it and you're nodding your head, or b) you've bought into the evangelical zeal that everyone has for this book and it's on your TBR pile. 

This blog post, then, is for everyone else. People who fit these categories.
1. People who read my blog who don't READ (hard to believe, but there are some). I love you just the same. You know I do.
2. People who think YA (young adult) books are for ... well, young adults.
3. People who have never heard of this book. (I learned last night that I have at least one Facebook friend for whom this is the case.)

Here's what you need to know about The Fault in Our Stars: It's the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, teenagers who meet in a most unlikely place - a cancer support group. Hazel has accepted that she is likely to die; Augustus is in remission. The bond between the two ... well, it sounds cliche to say that they are star-crossed lovers, a cancer-filled Romeo and Juliet, but it makes sense in the meaning and context of this novel. 

And that's all I'm going to say. Because, as sad and as heartbreaking as the premise may sound, this is an absolute must-read. For teens, for adults, for EVERYONE. It's a tearjerker, yes. You will cry. But you know what? You've cried over more trivial crap, like those who've been kicked off America's Dancing with Survivors and Top Models Who Have No Talent.  Am I right?

The Fault in Our Stars is a story about love and risk and the unfairness of life and it is simply brilliant in every way.

It earns and is more than worthy of your tears.

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Anonymous said...

Count me in as among those who loved this book. Cried, yes, but worth it.

Elizabeth said...

Never heatd of it but I'll check it out. I'm not much of a one for YA, though, and couldn't even make it through Hunger Games.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Gulp :( I haven't read it yet :( So, now I'm the last one on Earth who hasn't read it. Obviously I need to get past that quickly!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Oh, boy. I've been circling around it but haven't bit. Because I'm such an ugly crier. And then there's the next day swollen eyelids. Ah well, gonna go get it. If I short out my kindle, I get to buy a new model, right? PS: you going to BHer?