The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 1/10/12 by Penguin Group
5 out of 5 stars
The Fault in Our Stars was my favorite book read in 2012. It is on the
list for my favorite books of all time. I recently read the book again
for the second time, and I was curious to see if it was still a favorite
upon a second reading. And it is definitely still a favorite!
is so hard to write a review about a book I loved so much. This is the
story of Hazel and Augustus. Both are teenagers; both have cancer.
They meet, fall in love, and...well, I won't spoil the ending. It is
not the most original concept for a story. But the story is told in
such spectacular fashion that it is original in its own sense.
of my favorite things about John Green's writing is also one of the
things that I see is most often critiqued about his writing. His
teenage characters always speak with extreme wit and cleverness, and
they always have impressive vocabularies. I see many people cite this
as a fault in the writing, because it is not a realistic portrayal of
teenagers. My response to this is twofold:
1. It seems unfair to
assume that teenagers are not witty and do not have large vocabularies.
I am sure that there are teenagers who exist who are capable of
speaking this way. I have a feeling John Green himself may have been a
teenager like that.
2. Even if it is unrealistic, it is SO FUN to
read! Maybe these teens don't talk like any teenagers (or adults!) that
I know, but reading their dialogue is highly enjoyable and
entertaining. Not to mention I almost always learn a few new words
along the way.
I think any story that is told about teenagers
with cancer is bound to be sad. Yes, there are many sad moments in The
Fault in Our Stars. I have heard many people describe it as depressing.
But I don't think depressing is a fair term to describe this book. In
fact, I think it is far from depressing. There is so much joy and
happiness to be found in this story. I felt like the whole purpose of
this book was to encourage us to live life fully. A short life can
still be a good and worthwhile life.
If you haven't read this
book, I highly recommend it. I feel it is one of the few books that
truly lives up to all the hype surrounding it!