Hi. I know it may seem a little weird for my first post to be a short review of the book The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, but it’s something I have to write out. Because I really want to.
I have a lot to say about the book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a real good book. Anyways, before I started reading it, I roughly knew what it was about. Two teenagers suffering from cancer, falls in love, either one of them dies, cue tears *BAM* end of story. But this was not the case. Sure, cancer was an important subject in the book but it wasn’t the main thing to focus on, rather, it was the characters. The disease is mainly used as a vehicle for moving along the development of Hazel and Augustus. At first, to me it was a little unrealistic. Sixteen year olds using words like ‘cloying’ and ‘sobriquet’ in their dialogue. But then again, they were at the brink of death (quoted from someone). They were bound to be different because they look at things at a different perspective. So it’s really refreshing to see them do typical everyday teenagers kinda stuff yet their dialogue is written on a level that betrays a deeper level of maturity. And I just absolutely adore the characters. How can you not fall in love with Hazel Grace’s sarcastic wit and her outlook in life? Even though I was fully aware from the beginning that Hazel Grace’s condition is terminal, she doesn’t behave in a way that constantly reminds me of that fact. Also, Augustus Waters metaphors and Encouragements is what made the conversations between them so interesting.
Another thing that caught my attention was how similar John Green was to the author in his own story, Peter Van Houten. In the book, Peter Van Houten maddeningly ends midsentence of his book An Imperial Affliction and John Green did not exactly state the ending of Hazel Grace. He didn’t say if she lived or died. It was just something I noticed and I had to point it out. And because I agree with Augustus that there is a contract between reader and writer and that not ending a book violates that contract.
I totally expected to cry and bawl my eyes out but no. I didn’t even tear. It was really meaningful but it wasn’t heart-wrenching kind of sad. Hahahaha. Or maybe it’s just me.Thanks to this book, I can never look at some things the same way again. Like okay and drinking the stars.
I have, literally, a lot of favorite parts and quotes in this book. And this is one of them. 🙂