Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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I’ve spent the last couple of days immersed in John Green’s most recent novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” I’m actually a little bit behind, I think this came out almost about a year ago, but I’ve been meaning to get around to it, and SO happy I finally did! I’ve actually been meaning to get around to reading a lot of books, but somehow I’m really busy and don’t.

John Green is also the author of “Looking for Alaska” which has a couple of my favourite quotes in it, though I haven’t read that yet either. (I’m working on it now!)

Let me start this off by saying I truly love this book and haven’t read anything so moving in a really long time. And it’s generally a young adult novel, which I haven’t had any interest in since I was about 16. That sounds very pretentious of me, but I’ve been into classics for a couple of years now, however I did read the Hunger Games and 50 Shades of Grey, so maybe I’m just lying. Anyway, this is one young adult that I’ve really enjoyed, especially because it doesn’t read truly like a young adult novel. I’m not really sure how to explain that and make sense all at the same time.

The thing is, I really relate to the main character. I don’t have cancer though, I’m not dying in any way at all. But she’s very removed, and likes to be alone, and likes to read. And she understands that we’re all just part of a world that is going to forget us once we’ve gone. There are some people who stay remembered: authors, celebrities, artists, but the general consensus is that we all just fall into oblivion eventually.

It’s a sad thought, but it’s true, and I think once people realize that what everyone else thinks about you or what you do becomes completely irrelevant… It should make all of us free to do what makes us happy. Like that’s the real “American Dream” right? Or maybe not even American, maybe just the hope that we all have around the world. We want to, or should want to, be successful in a career and lifestyle that benefit not only our pockets, but our hearts and minds. And it definitely shouldn’t be on the context of leaving a legacy, but on the context of being happy while you’re alive.

That’s one big lesson I think a lot of people could get out of Green’s novel. I already know all this, hence the fact I relate to the main character, Hazel Grace, so much. I’m also an artist, sot that’s probably how I know that little tidbit.

But then there’s also Hazel’s midway-through-the-story dying boyfriend, Augustus Waters. Gus for short. He’s afraid of that oblivion, he’s afraid of letting the cancer take him, instead of going out in an honorable and noble way. He’s afraid of being forgotten, but obviously once he meets Hazel and they have their epic romance: dying and not dying, dying a little, dying way too soon, their on, and then off and then on again trip to Amsterdam, their finally meeting her favourite author and then being let down, he becomes less and less afraid.

And maybe that’s all he really needed at the time, someone to tell him he was going to realize his biggest fear anyway, so he might as well get over it and live.

So you’ve figured out by now, if you haven’t read the book, or are completely oblivious to what it was about before this that Hazel and Augustus have cancer. They’re just a couple of teenagers, which just makes it even more depressing. But it’s actually not an entirely depressing novel. They (Hazel, Augustus and their blind cause cancer took his eyes friend) all have very dry but appropriate for comedic relief senses of humor, and like I said they get to go to Amsterdam.

The novel, though I don’t quite know if it is an accurate depiction of what a cancer kid goes through, gives great insight into what a cancer kid goes through. I mean, I can only hope that real-life cancer kids have the bravery and humor that the kids in the novel do, because it’s admirable. Life is already tough enough as a teen, but to have to go through dying at the same time… I’d like to think I’d be as strong as Hazel, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be.

There are also a lot of great quotes, and yes, I am one of those people obsessed with good quotes. Like I said in my previous post, I am probably going to get “My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations” tattooed to my body, because it is an amazing, amazing, amazing metaphor (Augustus was obsessed with metaphors) that I actually relate to 100% (yet here I am trying to be a blogger and stuff, haha). Another one that stuck out like a sore thumb (I don’t quite understand that simile, is the sore them swollen? Is that why it’s sticking out…) was one from Hazel and it reads: “It was kind of a beautiful day…the kind of weather that reminds you after a long winter that while the world wasn’t built for humans, we were built for the world.”

So I’d have to say, if you haven’t read it or if you were considering reading it but wasn’t sure… I’m telling you to go buy it now. Right. This. Minute.

I honestly don’t think you would regret it, unless maybe you don’t like to be emotionally moved, or if you don’t like to fall in love with beautifully written characters or if you simple have no heart, than don’t listen to me (i’m kidding about the heart thing.) But i can pretty much guarantee that you will at least LIKE it, and if you don’t I’ll pay for your copy.

No I won’t, but buy it anyway! or borrow it from a friend.

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