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So much over-hype
on January 30, 2015
EDITED: now I know why I disliked this book so much. It romanticizes cancer, it makes it about a romantic relationship instead of the focus on her sickness. You don't know how cancer can affect a person until you've been put through it yourself.
I did a poll on my blog for the book that I should read next and this one was the winner. I have to admit I haven't been as excited to read this only because it was clearly a tear jerker. Any book that deals with realistic scenarios, I try to steer clear from. Only because It gets me so sad. I hadn't even heard of John Green until I started blogging and everyone was buying his book the day it released so here I was reading my first ever John Green book.
After fully investing my time in reading this one, I knew that August and Hazel were going to be the mature and responsible teens characters that everyone has been raving about. And you just know that it won't end well for one of them, and then they can't be together. See, that's the thing, I thought this book would be so incredibly moving and touching, and at certain points it was. When they're simply just being together and talking to one another, that's where the wonderful quotes are from.
But I also did have issues with it. I found their voice to be so incredibly mature and pretentious. These characters talked like adults. Their vocabulary is impeccable and impressive and I had to grab the good 'ole dictionary to find out what they were saying. I know this is a YA book but I know when I was a teen I wouldn't have grabbed a book like this (partially because there were none). I needed books that were addicting, that were almost fluffy and fun. This wouldn't have grabbed my attention at all, and kudos to the teens that love this. It just wasn't for me. It was predictable, and I felt the ending up so suddenly, stopping and going in the middle and then finally slowing to an end.
Overall, I did enjoy The Fault in Our Stars, but I guess I was waiting to be mind-blown..Damn those high expectations!