Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green



Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. 318 p. Dutton Juvenile. 2012. Hardcover $17.99. ISBN 9780525478812.

What to say about this book? The Fault in Our Stars is what everyone says it is: funny, insightful, heartbreaking. A beautiful book. I don't feel like I can adequately express anything about this book, and I'm not sure how much I want to say, out of fear for spoiling any major plot points for those who haven't read it yet, so I'll keep my comments vague.

You probably know that the book is about two teens, afflicted with cancer, who fall in love. It's tragic and hilarious and sweet and devastating in a good way.

I finished this book in about two days-- so it'll probably only take one day for those of you without small children. Once I really got into it, I couldn't put it down and just ended up lying in bed, reading it obsessively.

I mean, not that I have time to lie in bed reading all day. With two little kids at home? No, this obsessive reading occurred at one o'clock in the morning. I lost sleep over this book! And any parent knows that's the mark of a really good book.

Of the many emotionally affecting aspects of this book, the thing that hit me hardest was the main character's concern for her parents' ability to cope once she was gone. I connected with a different part of the book than a lot of teens will, which just goes to show that this would be an excellent pick for a book club-- for teens or adults. It's richly layered and will mean different things to different readers.

The Fault in Our Stars is the kind of book that doesn't leave you once the last page has been turned. I know I'll go on thinking about this one for a while.

5 comments:

  1. I just read this over the weekend and this it is so good. Not too emotional, but realistic

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  2. It's interesting that you say this one wasn't too emotional-- it seems like a lot of readers have sobbed buckets over it! But I'm with you... this book was emotional for me, but not too emotional. It didn't completely wreck me. Which, actually, I appreciate! I thought it was brilliant, in any case.

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  3. I have to admit, I am so envious that you got to read this!!! I have a hold on it at my library, but there are about 50 people in line ahead of me. It sounds fantastic! I love the idea of using it for book club with both kids and their parents.

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  4. I keep putting off reading this book because the premise makes me feel as though it might be depressing, but then I keep reading these reviews that state how awesome it is. I should just read it!

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  5. I felt the same way - I want to recommend it to people but I don' t want to spoil anything, and people get the wrong idea when you pull out the "cancer book" label.

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