Thursday 16 January 2014

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review copy) - 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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
From Goodreads.

Disclaimer: Since writing my review, I have discovered that John Green is a problematic author - you can find more info herehere and here. Because of this, I can no longer promote her books in good conscience. I'm leaving my review here as it is for the sake of transparency.

After reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson - which John Green co-wrote with David Levithan - I knew I wanted to read more by Green. On hearing all the hype surrounding The Fault in Our Stars, I knew this was the book to start with. And it was such a good book!

The Fault in Our Stars is a Really awesome novel. It made me cry, and I enjoyed it so much. Augustus was such a beautiful guy, just the sweetest and he made my heart ache in all the right ways. He is exactly what Hazel needed, and brought her so much joy! He loved her, and did so much for her, and it was just so beautiful seeing the two of them together. I would quite like an August of my own.

There was a twist! And oh my god, what a twist! I did not expect it at all, and it left me reeling!And once the twist hit me, I knew, I just knew. The anticipation of pain the twist left me with was actually more painful than the upcoming event. I was completely bawling at the twist, but not what came later.

Which shows how crappy hype can be. Because of the hype, I expected to be completely heartbroken. But it didn't break my heart as much as I expected it to. I finished the book feeling a little disappointed, despite the fact it was such a beautiful and sweet novel. Once the big event happened, I couldn't help thinking, "Is that it?" There was the hype, and after the twist, I just expected so much more than I got. It fell kind of flat for me.

However, The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully written. As I said, it's the first solo Green novel I've read, and definitely looking forward to reading the rest of his books in the future. Really recommend it. Just ignore all the hype!

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy.

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Published: 3rd January 2013
Publisher: Penguin
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  1. We agree that the book was really hyped up and not as good as everyone said it was. We reviewed the book on our blog too. Have you read any other books by John Green (that he didn't just co-author)?

    1. Isn't it slightly disappointing when that happens? No, I've not yet read anything Green has written on his own, though I have all his other books. Just haven't got round to them yet.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it despite all of the hype! :)

    1. Yeah, was good! Just wish the hype hadn't made me expect more. It's sad.