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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Read the synopsis on Goodreads.

Meet Hazel, diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 12 and ready to die.
While reading the beginning of the book I felt a “click” with the story that ended when Hazel met Gus at Cancer Support Group (apparently people who suffer cancer have a massive vocabulary, especially teenagers).

Are you supposed to like a book just because it is about cancer and dying teenagers? Some readers loved this book so much that they get offended if you don’t. Others practically call you an idiot if you don't get the story, break down and cry, and others simply hate you if you don't worship it!

Well, I feel the book says a lot and nothing at the same time. The characters are not believable and the plot seems forced. We know someone (or all of them?) is going to die, so Green threw in some little mystery about a fictional book to keep the story together.

Sadly, the story didn’t work for me. I did not enjoy the story within the story of the book (the writer, the fictional book...). I feel it was too fast paced. I mean, not that the book had to be only about sickness and that, but I didn't get this "An Imperial Affection" mystery/conflict.

I did feel sad and almost cried at one point or two, but that wasn’t enough to make like the book. The illness of the characters is pictured in a very subliminal, commercial way: to appeal to your emotions and make you like the story because Hazel is walking around with her oxygen tank. Sorry, not enough to get my empathy. It still felt empty; and I still know it's fiction.

I’m including the links of some other readers who did not enjoy “the fault in our stars” either. Some of them express my sentiments perfectly; others add to it. But since I can’t just copy them, here and here is what they said.

8 comments:

  1. Aw really? I've heard so much positive comments on this book that I've actually decided to jump into the band wagon and read it (which is not something I tend to do - sorta...okay who am I kidding, I do it all the time) but that's not my point, from all the feedback I'm pretty excited to read it. Did you like John Green's other books?

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  2. I just read this book a few days ago and completely loved it, I'm sorry that you didn't like it as much.
    -Jane

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  3. You didn't like it? :( I absolutely loved the book. You should give some of John Green's other books a try though if you haven't already.

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  4. I have this on my TBR for 2014, it's been languishing waaay too long. It's refreshing to read a non-gushy, non-raving review for a change. :)

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  5. I love this book. Although I might have different thoughts about it if I was just reading it but listening to this via audiobook was an awesome experience. I love the narrator!

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    1. I've never heard an audiobook yet :-(
      I guess you'll be watching the movie, then.

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  6. Wow and yay! Someone else who didn't like the book. I actually gave it zero stars on my blog, and I'm a bit clueless as to why people are so crazy about it. How do I say this? The characters sound way too pompous and I couldn't feel any emotion for any of the characters (a very different story when I was reading Christopher Pike's books, in particular The Midnight Club which is about a group of teens who have cancers and they tell stories of hope for the future everyday at midnight.)

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    1. Why don't know what people see in this book either... It's not even realistic!

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