The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dutton Books c2012.
Really…what am I going to say about this book that hasn’t been said already? This was my first John Green book. Thus far, its been the only John Green book. I may be in the minority here, but I wasn’t totally swept up in the book. I can give you one reason. Peter Van Houten. I was totally into the story, into the characters, very much involved with the story until they went to Amsterdam and met him. Everything fell apart at that point.
So, for those who haven’t read the book yet, here is a brief 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 summary)
Augustus and Hazel are incredibly well written and complex characters. Their developing love story is tragic but surprisingly uplifting to observe. That these two kids can be dealing with something so serious as cancer with a balance sense of humor, fear, and compassion is very touching. Told mostly through the perspective of Hazel, the narrative reads more like a series of journal entries. I liked Hazel as the narrator a lot. She felt very realistic to me. Overall, I think it’s a really well written book with a wonderful story to tell. It didn’t blow me out of the water, but I am more curious about Green’s other books. I’m just not sure which one to jump into next.