Hello Bookworms, today I will be reviewing the Fault in Our Stars. I know this post is very late, considering the book was published in 2014, but I will finally be expressing my opinion on this book. When I initially read this book many years ago, I was confused by all the rave and excitement surrounding its release. I had also seen the movie, and was not at all impressed. Keep reading to find out what else I think!
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Romance
Rating: ⭐(1/5 stars)
Publisher: Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Length: Hardcover, 313 pages
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.(Goodreads)
Recommendation : Let me just warn you, I have a LOT of opinions about this book.
To start, the character’s personality is paper-thin and easily detestable. The plot is not much better, as it has the same boring and overused plot used in YA fiction. To be honest, I am not quite sure why this novel aggravated me so much, to the point that I can still rant about it years later. I truly cannot comprehend why so many people adore this book… what’s the appeal? I find none of the elements in the book captivating, or interesting.
One thing that I hate about Hazel and Augustus’ relationship is how sped up their feelings are. Their love for each other is portrayed as unoriginal and irresponsible. Other than that…… I didn’t even cry. I saw Augustus’ death coming from the start of the book, and when it finally happened it was underwhelming.
Basically, I would not recommend this book to anyone, unless you have absolutely NOTHING to do. After detesting this book for so many years, it probably has something to do with how loved, hyped up and obsessed it’s followers are. On top of that horrid book, the movie made me want to throw up. Although it isn’t the worst adaptation i’ve seen(let’s not go there….) it just put into visuals everything that had triggered me in the text.
A little about the author: John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.(Goodreads)
Fun Fact : The title was inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Julius Caeser in which Cassius says to Brutus: “The Fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / but in ourselves, that we are underling.
Thanks for reading!📚
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