By: Dutton Books
I finally caved in and read the truly heartfelt book by John Green. I have now understood several things about myself and bookish vernacular I was never able to relate to or understand until now:
“Feels”: As I write this review I am still drying tears that have decided to invade my vision. I’m not usually this petty, and I usually don’t feel this much pain through the characters of the books I read, but this one truly struck a chord with me. At the beginning of reading this novel I couldn’t understand what everybody was getting all hyped up about. (Or I was truly heartless and wasn’t understanding what the commotion was all about.) Now I get it, and now I’ll try not to underestimate the power of fictional literature.
That meme where the question to answer ratio: Okay? Okay. I was really confused before reading this book. I was like “What’s the relevance?” I get it now. It’s okay if you don’t understand, it gives you all the more incentive to go read this book.
The Fault in Our Stars is loaded with a lot of great, deep thought provocative pieces and I applaud John Green for writing this way. Although I do agree that children who are forced to deal with the reality of their diagnosis and there in turn are forced to become adults quickly, I have never heard a 16 year-old talk the way Hazel spoke. Maybe I’m just strange, or have a lack of Scrabble bonus words but seriously? The is no way “non-fictional teens” would talk to each other that way. Am I out of line?
Either way, I highly recommend this book. It was a great read, I finished it in about 4-5 hours. It’s emotive, thought provoking, and I believe it’s a very enlightening piece of YA lit.
I dare you not to get that tight-chested, misty-eyed feeling by the time you reach the middle of this book. Just saying.