Monday, 23 June 2014

Book Club: The Fault In Our Stars


Synopsis
"Despite the timor-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."

This is probably one of the most hyped books of the moment, the film came out last week (I'm desperate to see it!) and there has been so much hype for it! I do think that it is slightly overrated, I'm not saying I don't love the book, I'm just saying that the amount of commotion over the book is slightly crazy! Saying that, I did really enjoy this book and finished it in a few days. (which is lightening speed for me as it usually takes me about a year to finish a book) 

The Good
I really love how the book is written, it is very charming and I think John Green is very clever in capturing each character perfectly. I think it's very difficult for a thirty six year old man to realistically create and write for a teenage girl but he manages to do it, I find Hazel a likeable and relatable character, she is intelligent and witty. I like the fact that the romance in the book isn't completely 'lovey dovey.' It's not overly cheesy or soppy. For a book about two teenagers with terminal cancer, it is surprisingly lighthearted at times which I think is mainly due to the characters dry humour.
Before you read it, you must be warned, you will probably cry. I did, of course I did, I cry at everything but there are a lot of sad moments throughout the book which is to be expected because of the theme. I think the reason I found it so sad is because I became quite attached to the characters. 

The Bad
There's nothing that I would say is "bad" about the book, well except for the ending but that's just because I was an emotional wreck. The only part I wasn't a huge fan of was Van Houten and the scenes with him in Amsterdam (I loved all the other parts in Amsterdam) however I did warm to his character more right at the end of the book. I guess I just didn't see the point of him at the beginning of the book but it makes more sense towards the end.

Summary 
Overall I would recommend this book to everyone as I think it is a good read, it is charming and I love the humour between Hazel and Gus. As I said, I do think it has been over-hyped quite a lot but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it! After writing this review, I actually want to read it all over again!

Overall I would give The Fault in Our Stars, four stars out of five. You can buy it here!



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9 comments

  1. Great review, I've recently read the book & I really liked it, I'm seeing the film today & I can't wait I agree with you about Hazel, becoming attached to the characters & also about the scenes with Van Houten in however I also loved the other Amsterdam scenes :)

    Kelly

    http://ourstorycanresume.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! I'm still dying to see the film!! xxx

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  2. I read the book a few weeks ago and loved it, I'm going to bawl my eyes out at the film tomorrow. John Green knows now to make me feels.

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  3. I agree with you that all of the hype around this book is crazy but it is so, so good. I love John Green's writing and can't wait to read more of his novels. I'm going to see the movie on Wednesday and I'm so looking forward to it, although I'm not quite sure if I'm emotionally prepared enough! x

    What Rachael Wrote

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  4. I absolutely loved reading this book, I can't wait to see the film! xx

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  5. I have never EVER laughed out loud while reading a book besides TFiOS. And of course the major feels, so many tears
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  6. Great review!! The Fault in our stars is such a lovely book and it did pull my heart strings!! The writing is so relatable, John Green has got it!! :D

    Melissa | Lemonmel

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  7. I really want to read this book.
    xoMadiha

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  8. I really liked this book although I do have to agree in that it wasn't worth ALL the hype. An interesting story however and a bit more depth than your classic soppy teen romance which is always good :) the film was a great adaptation of the book too! xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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