Quick Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
July 6, 2012 14 Comments
This is a Young Adult book that is also very readable for adults. The subject is not an easy one, kids with cancer, but is very nicely done, with sad moments and happy moments.
Hazel (16) has been having cancer for several years now and takes portable oxygen around with her, otherwise she can’t breath properly. She is depressed and unhappy about her situation, as her illness seems to be incurable. At a Support Group for children with cancer, she meets Augustus Waters, who has previously been suffering from cancer. He’s beautiful and he can’t take his eyes off her!
They become friends and Hazel is finally having fun again. She lends Augustus her favorite book and together they decide to go to Amsterdam, to find the author of the book, as they want to know what happened to the characters after the story has ended.
Being Dutch, I very much liked it that some of the book is set in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam. I don’t know the city very well, but all seemed to be accurate and insightful.
I also liked the budding love story between Augustus and Hazel. They’re attracted to each other but Hazel doesn’t want to get too attached so he won’t be too heart broken when she dies. Of course it doesn’t work like that.
The book is full of disappointment, temporary happiness, trying to put your mark on the world, sadness, and coping.
It’s brilliantly written with nothing out of place. I liked it but didn’t love it, as lots of people seemed to do. It was a good read, for all ages, but it didn’t touch me very much, somehow. One thing this book definitely wasn’t, was sentimental!
Number of pages: 322
First published: 2012
I got this book: won from Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm in a giveaway (Thanks, Ellie)
Genre: contemporary fiction, Young Adult fiction
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