The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Review by Lauren
copy borrowed from a friend, all opinions are my own
I do not own any photos in this post! They were all found online!
Official Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Review: I know, it's kind of a travesty to say that I just recently read this book. However, I can say that Looking for Alaska has been on my top-favorite books list for awhile now, so I'm not new to the power of John Green's stories...The Fault in Our Stars is just the latest and oh-so-amazing addition.
First off, I saw the beginning of a Julius Caesar movie last semester in my History and Film class and I heard the famous line where this book gets its title from. Even if I hadn't yet read the book, I knew what it was (of course) and was really excited to notice the connection!
Now, back to the book. I'm sure most of you have either read this book, read a review, or have heard someone talk about. Therefore, I'm not going to go on and on about the contents of the book. Besides, you don't really want me to ruin things for you, do you? It's one of those novels you really have to experience on your own.
Basically...The Faul in Our Stars is amazing. It's full of beauty and pain, anger and love. I know one complaint of this novel (and John Green's other books) is that his teens don't sound like teens. Well, I saw John Green live at the Cincinnati Public Library in October (my first time seeing him and it was amazing!!) and he said that it's true, he doesn't, but he writes how people think they sound...or wish they could sound. And I love that. I think there are teens that do speak like his characters, though, to be honest. It's not a problem for me...I love the way that John Green writes and the types of characters that he creates. Hazel and Augustus were no exception.
Like I said above, I saw John Green live and unfortunately, I didn't read this book beforehand. I did borrow my friend's signed copy afterwards though and flew through the pages as fast as I could, while still thoroughly relishing every word. Oh, and if you're curious, I got Looking for Alaska signed! Of course!
The above quote is from The Faul in Our Stars and I thought I'd end my review sharing it, since it's something I can personally understand. I like advertising my favorite books, on some level, because it means it can go on to touch new people. I'd just hate to hear they didn't like it!