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The Compulsive Reader: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel has been sick for three years, and she knows she's not going to get any better. When she meets Augustus Waters, everything in her life changes. Augustus is funny and vibrant and unexpected. The two bond over Hazel's favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, and before they know it, they're falling in love. Suddenly Hazel's life is a whole lot more than the falling action of an unspectacular novel.

John Green's latest book is absolutely brilliant. His characters are so realistic and down to earth, but fantastically memorable at the same time. Hazel is sick, but she tries not to let her illness define her. She's very funny and her gallows humor makes her a very accessible character—she's a teenage girl who doesn't take herself too seriously, not a heroically strong, righteous sick girl. Augustus livens up the book much in the same way he livens up Hazel's life. His endless humor, just-go-with-it attitude, and his metaphorical take on life and death are all so appealing. There are many literary references that drive the character and plot development in The Fault in Our Stars, but they flow just as naturally as the pop culture references, making the book unassumingly intelligent. The twist to this story is tragic, yet the book isn't a "sad" one. Like Hazel, who makes the funny choice when telling a sad story, Green makes a potentially depressing topic overflow with humor and life. The result is something achingly realistic and human.

Cover Comments: I really like this cover! The bright blue is perfect, and I love the simplicity of the chalk. Very nice!

Review copy purchased!

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5 comments:

Rie Conley said...

I am SERIOUSLY dying to read this book. I'm so going to cry like the entire book. I'm glad she had a guy like Augustus. I think we all need a jovial guy!

Beth S. said...

This is my new favorite book. And I don't say a book is my favorite lightly. I usually say, "That's one of my favorite books." Not anymore. This IS my favorite.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I think I'm gonna take the challenge to read this book even though I've never been able to finish a John Green book before.
I like the sound of it, I just hope I'm not too jaded for it!

ritathecheetah said...

One of the most gorgeous books I have ever read. I definitely cried through the last 200 or so pages of this book when I read it in a day.
I am really not a big fan of the cover, I think it makes it look too much like a David Sedaris book and less like a John Green book.

Tony Lama Mens Boots said...

I just finished that book this weekend!
It's incredible! I loved every minute of it!