I’m definitely late to the party for The Fault in Our Stars and I’ve skimmed through a few reviews of John Green trying my best to avoid spoilers. All I know is that its about a girl living with cancer who falls in love with a boy. Its supposed to be tear jerking and already adapted into a movie lead by Shailene Woodley. That’s where I’m at with this book so clear mind, clear head going into this. The deal with these sort of books is that I’m not sure what the depressing level is and sometimes, I’m just not in the mindset to do this especially since I do most of my reading in the morning on the bus. Crying or being depressed isn’t exactly the way I’d like to start my work day, if you get what I mean. Anyways, I wanted to watch the movie and I really wanted to read this before seeing it so here I am, done after a few days.
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
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
I had to put a lot of thought into how to write about The Fault in Our Stars. I feel that a good bit of you out there who have read this probably liked this a lot more than I did. Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t like it. The book was something different and I give my praise to it for being raw. Its like getting punched in the gut kind of raw. And it radiates a feeling that doesn’t really hit until you think about it. The metaphors John Green uses with stars and constellations and just how deep and simple life actually really is especially if you’ve seen it as you live every day blessed that you are still alive but really not so happy that you are causing so much pain around you. Its a dramatic life. I get all that. I’d lie if I said that my eyes didn’t get all teary as I read a few of the parts.
The Fault in Our Stars couldn’t help but be a little predictable in the actual story. You know that was where it was going. You knew the outcome of Augustus and Hazel. There was no escaping the eventuality of it. It was just staring at us in the face even before it was announced officially. Still, John Green does a good job at making us attached to Hazel and Augustus and what they have. Its poetically and dramatically beautiful. So look, I thought The Fault in Our Stars in a great book. Perfect? Not so much. At one point, it reminded me of the billion of Korean dramas out there. If you’ve seen at least one of them, you know what I mean. Its kind of a spoiler, I guess if you know nothing so highlight if you want to see what I mean. Someone always ends up getting cancer or some terminal disease after the couple finally So yeah. I saw it coming a mile away. Maybe you did too.
And maybe that’s why I felt a little not sure how to write this because as much it should hit hard, it didn’t hit me as much initially. Now thats where I guess my thoughts change a little. As I tried to work out the thoughts for this review, even now, a good few days later, I eventually sat down and started talking it out to my boyfriend even if he knew nothing about it and I realized that what touched me was not necessarily Hazel and Augustus but rather the whole concept of the tragic love. The idea that life is taken away before they could have more time being in love or just being more and doing more meaningful things or making a mark in the world but then how these two characters live completely aware of that and most of time accepting the fact of that and eventually enjoying more of life because of that. They live being as honest as they can to themselves, trying to make the most of their time and seeking out the answers they can. Because of what they’ve lived through and live with, it makes their life more profound and it lets them see more than we do.
I guess the idea is that the the fragility of life through the idea of Augustus and Hazel makes us see how we should be grateful for the days we have. The beauty of our world is really what we make of it. The fact that these two young ones are able to be so brave and strong for each other, especially through the words of John Green and his metaphors, we get hit with some raw feelings and thats what hits hard. Not the story about falling in love because its in how you make it connect to the reader. For me, the after effect of The Fault in our Stars lingering my mind was a lot more than while I was reading it. While I appreciated the words and the description and each and every character in The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t help but feel that the story wasn’t perfect. Or maybe thats how its supposed to feel at the end: a little empty, a tad hurt and desiring that there was a little more. I really don’t know…
I gave this a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads so yes, I really liked it. What striked me more about The Fault in our Stars was the fragility of life and those bittersweet moments and not really their love story.
***Updated: After the review went up, as I was updating Goodreads, I had given this more thought and felt that my original 3.5 bumping to 4 was an overstatement so I dropped it back to 3 out of 5.***
Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? What are your thoughts on it?