REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Pages: 260

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.

Rating: 4/5

So, to get into the book properly, I’ve listened to “All Of The Stars” by Ed Sheeran because, you know, reasons, and it worked. I remember that, last year, it took me around a week to finish this and I don’t even know why honestly. Now, I finished it in basically one day (not counting the last 50 pages okay?). Maybe I even liked it better now. I managed to shed a tear now, while I didn’t before, and there was nothing different now.

I like this book. I don’t love it. I don’t wish to squish it and keep it in my arms forever, like I want to do with Half Bad, for example (okay, this sound kind of creepy I’m sorry. Books are my secret lovers, obviously). Yes, it’s an emotional read. Yes, John Green is a good writer and yes, I liked almost everything about it. There was just something missing. I’m not sure what, I wasn’t the first time either, and while I enjoyed this the second time around even more, it’s just not my FAVE FAVE book of all time. While I think it deserves the hype, I also think John Green is not a God and the best author today. I’m sorry… no, actually, I’m not. I could not find the right appeal to this, I think, and while my rating is still high (because I did like it), I just don’t see it. People crying over it for ages and such.

And while I’m definitely a teenager above my age, I still think teenagers here are too mature for their age. I know when to say smart things and say my opinion to the point, but I definitely, definitely don’t speak like that. Okay, maybe there are teenagers like Augustus and Hazel, it’s just that I’ve never met them. Everything I hear everyday in school is giggling, boys, giggling, school, giggling, gossiping and rarely something really smart. I’m not exaggerating. Trust me, I wish I am. I feel bad because usually, things like stupid giggling teenagers is what really irk me in YA novels but they also irk me in real life because I want author to write a smart teenager, even if they are rare. So why I’m complaining now about too smart teenagers is beyond me but yeah. I like smart teenagers a lot, just not overly smart. I’m not making sense now, am I?

Anyway, Green really does have writing skills and he knows how to bring the story to life, I think I just expected something more – something that will touch me more than it really did. Oh well, we can’t always get what we want.

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2 responses to “REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. Great review! 🙂 I totally understand what you mean about “overly” smart teenagers! In some of the tfios trailers, Gus’s dialogue, as lovely as it is, doesn’t sound like something an actual teenager would say…

    • Yeah, exactly. I just really found it off-putting when, well, I know that teenagers never talk like that. And somehow it’s hard for me to believe that the cancer would make them smarter or such. Anyway, thank you! Glad you liked it. 🙂

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