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on July 28, 2014
Since the film is now out in theaters, I thought it was about time I read the book that had everyone so excited. And so, another book was added to my already too-full bookshelf.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a contemporary YA following our main character, Hazel as she tries to live her life as a normal teen despite having cancer. During one of her many painfully dull trips at the cancer support group, a gorgeous boy catches her eye. She doesn't know it yet, but Augustus Waters will change her life.

What I am going to say next will probably earn me an inbox full of hate mail but here goes: This book disappointed me.

Not to say that it wasn’t good. I actually quite enjoyed it but hearing about it and seeing the numerous TFIOS decorated tissue boxes everyone was putting together to go see the film, I thought I was going to read something that would change my life.

In my opinion, I would have enjoyed the novel much more if the premiss would have been less about the book they read, An Imperial Affliction. AIA had its place in TFIOS. I understand it was a big part of Hazel and it was a book she felt she could relate to but I felt as though the story focused a bit too much on it.

Though it wasn’t life-changing read I thought it would be, I can’t deny that John Green is an amazing writer. I loved how he portrayed his characters. They both main characters were fun, quirky, witty, and normal teens. Too often do I read cancer-related novels where the characters are defined by their illness. This wasn’t one of them. Obviously, cancer affects pretty much every aspect of their lives but Green has done a great job in making sure his characters also had a personality of their own and were ones I could relate to.

I also loved the relationships between the characters. Whether it was Hazel and her parents, Gus and Hazel with their friend Isaac, or Hazel and Augustus, they all felt genuine and natural to me. I’m also happy to say that there was no insta-love (which is something that is very recurrent in YA).

Despite TFIOS not living up to its hype in my eyes, I felt as though it was a great read. However, I believe I would have enjoyed it even more had I not expected so much from it and I do think it’s a wonderful book to add to your collection. Okay? Okay.
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on October 14, 2013
What to say about this book. It's probably more of a 3.5 than a three, first of all.

First I will be completely honest: I resisted reading this book. When the internet started going nuts about it and I got the gist of what it was about, I kind of wrinkled my nose and had no interest in reading it.

I guess it was partly the summary, and my lack of desire for depressing books at the time - I mean, when you read a book about kids with cancer you have to know what you're getting into, right? There are only so many places a plot like that can go.

Reading this, I feel surprisingly neutral about it. The writing in terms of characterization is good, there's no doubting that. In particular Augustus charmed me just as fast as he charmed Hazel. That's what happens when I read a book that's first person, I find - although I'm in someone's head, I feel more connected to who *they* feel connected to than to the main character themselves.

There's a lyrical sense to some parts of the book, which I quite enjoyed. The problem is that for everything I read that was lyrical and moving, there were other bits that struck me as pretentious and... Well, I'm going to go with hipster, for lack of a better description. At times the kids didn't not sound like any teenagers I can imagine, and I have taken into account the fact that they have cancer.

I won't deny that my eyes welled up a couple of times during this book. So why am I dissatisfied? I guess I am just left with a vague feeling of having read a book that is slightly manipulative, and falls into the tropes that are quite common when dealing with stories (whether in movies or books) about people who have cancer. It's one of those things where I wonder whether the charm of Augustus' character and the nature of the story arc are what carry the book in spite of the slightly unbelievable prose and pretentious flair.

At any rate, at least now I can say that I've read it, lest anyone try to tell me I can't criticize it without reading!
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on July 15, 2014
The novel is a whirlpool of emotion. It’ll make you laugh out loud, even when the characters discuss touchy subjects. They’re trying to live the best lives they can, even with its struggles and imperfections, but aren’t we all? Even if Hazel and Augustus don’t have the best circumstances, they do what they can, even crack a joke or two to laugh about death rather than let it loom over them.

While the novel wasn’t groundbreaking, it is memorable.

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on August 8, 2015
I saw the movie before I read this book, and I actually liked the movie better, which rarely ever happens to me. Maybe it's because I was picturing the movie characters as I read, but in any case I did not feel like I could connect with Hazel in the book. I can't out my finger on what it was, but I found her character to be frustrating in the book and difficult to empathize with. That said, I did like the writing style and am glad that I read the book, but perhaps I should have read it before seeing the movie.
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on July 1, 2014
Everyone was obsessing about this book and sure there are SOME great quotes and cute moments but lets not go crazy here, it was easy to read but not as believable or relate-able as I thought. I wanted to read the book before the movie and I think the movie will do it justice and may even be better. I say read it anyways, still worth it but lower your expectations.
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on September 4, 2014
It was very similar to a movie I watched years ago about cancer patients that meet in a hospital and fall in love. One of them dies. I honestly didn't know much about this book before I read it. I just heard amazing reviews about the movie. Hopefully the movie is better. I felt like this story line didn't really "grab" me.
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on January 25, 2014
This was a bitter sweet story. Engaging but sad. I believe it's a story for teens dealing with their own cancer & mortality & their parents & friends. Otherwise It may bee too much of a downer for vulnerable teens to read.
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on July 15, 2014
It was a good tween book (i read this one with my daughter). There really isn't a whole lot of action, so it was hard for my daughter to get into it. A little depressing for my taste, but a good story over all
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on June 10, 2014
Meh, the characters were bland and yes it was sad but I didn't feel like crying once. Movie is way better because of shailene woodley.
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on January 18, 2015
Demonstrating that a bestseller is not always the best book. However, it is a good and from time to time funny love story.
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