Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2012, Dutton Books

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: The book is well written. It plays on your emotions, getting you attached to the characters while they experience a rather depressing scenario. This is not a happy story. It is a story you will read with tears streaming down your face. It will transform even the hardest of hearts (like myself) into a blubbering mess of feelings by the end of the book.

The Bad: Certain parts of the book kill the vibe of the entire thing and kind of take you out of the reading. Most obviously are the parts where Hazel obsesses about an author. I get that it worked into the story as a whole, but it seemed weirdly out of place.

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