The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Genre: 4 stars

Review: I wasn't sure initially whether or not to review this book since I was scared I would be biased towards anything written or created by John Green. However, after a couple of days of thinking about this story, I thought that I should. Even if it would never help anyone else decide if the book is worthy of all the hype, then at least I would have expressed out loud how I feel about it.

First off, the writing itself I thought was brilliant. As expected, it was as engaging as any John Green novel. It was smart, witty, and funny despite having a rather depressing premise. He was able to capture and paint the lives of these teenagers with cancer, and he did this in such a realistic way it can sometimes be incredibly hard to read about. It was honest, surprising, as well as heartbreaking all at the same time. It flowed perfectly, and is such a page-turner I literally had to force myself every night to stop reading it and go to bed.

However, as you can see I didn't give it a 5-star rating. I just felt like there were some flaws that kept me from it being a favorite of mine. One of the characters in the book, without spoiling anything, was too poorly developed. That said character simply seemed like a plot device - and a very flat, cliche, and stereotypical one at that. I also thought that some of the dialogues exchanged between certain characters were too forced. I get that these characters are supposed to be smarter than your average teenagers, but seriously... nobody uses extremely difficult vocabulary words during a normal, regular conversation.

Despite these two points though, I still LOVED this book. It was just everything I expected it to be. It felt authentic as it was well-written and wonderfully narrated. It was heartbreakingly realistic yet strangely uplifting. I highly recommend this to contemporary readers and fans of John Green. It won't disappoint.

10 comments:

  1. I'm glad you still loved this one, even if youhad some reservations. I was a big fan as well.

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  2. I loved this book and I'm glad that, overall, you did too! :D

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  3. I loved this book as well. I still need to read Looking for Alaska though.

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  4. Yay you finished a book in your slump! :)

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  5. Those are fair problems to have with a book. Even with those two things though, it still sounds so amazing!

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  6. I completely agree on how the dialogues were too forced. Being a teenager myself, I know firsthand that nobody talks like that. Ha ha.

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  7. John Green usually writes from a teenage boy's perspective so it's kind of hard for a girl to relate. But in this novel it's written from a girl's point of view which made it a little more enjoyable for me seeing as how I am a girl. It isn't a complete gushy romance novel either, so I believe it is enjoyable for all readers. The diction is a little more advance which makes the novel more gripping and attention getting; you have to actually pay attention when reading it, so that way you can get more out of the story.

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