Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:
Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Contemporary fiction
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
Recommended Read: maybe
Rating: 3 stars
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
Despite the tumor-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.
I’m going to begin by saying that this is not the sort of book I normally read. Most of the novels and short stories I read have things that go bump in the night, supernatural beings, monsters, and generally things that are not wholly human. So why exactly did I read The Fault In Our Stars? Long story short, I saw the movie trailer, and decided to read the book.
Now, you’ll notice that I didn’t mention what I liked and disliked in this book, and that’s because I can’t really say. After reading it last week, I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. There was one slight issue with me needing a dictionary to hand to work out some of the words, but other than that, I don’t think anything really jumped out at me.
It’s one of those books that wasn’t bad, wasn’t brilliant, and wasn’t really anything else. The plot plodded along without much in the way of ups and downs. The ending (which I am not saying much about) was somewhat predictable if you know what you’re looking for. And the overall story was really, to me, just a love story between two teenagers.
And all of that leads me to give it three stars, because although I will be seeing the movie, this book didn’t blow me away, at all.
Of course, feel free to see for yourself what the fuss is about by visiting pretty much any book shop, or most places on the internet.