Book Reviewed: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Rohit’s Rating: 3.0/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.49/5
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Love, Humor
“The Fault In Our Stars” is one of the top rated books on Goodreads and receiver of many literary awards in the Young-Adult fiction category, hence to the fans, this review will hurt. But again, world is not a wish-granting factory…
If you are like me, “The Fault In Our Stars” is another one of those books that you desperately wanted to read just because the promo of the upcoming movie based on this book looked amazing… and since there is enough time for the movie, you wanted to have a go at the book… because movies are not always a better depiction of the books, you think. And because movie characters spoil the book covers.
Story moves around Hazel Grace – a 16 year old terminally ill, who has given into life and routine of a cancer kid, and whose name suggests that she has to have beautiful eyes; Augustus Waters – another mortal who has kicked cancer in the balls once and has developed a carefree attitude towards everything that doesn’t matter; and their Cancer Kids Support Group – this is their story and has its moments – takes its time… builds slowly and softly, with right emphasis on the moments, and no complications. Book scores on the way it depicts the world of cancer kids – how empathy sucks at so many levels and being a bad-ass helps on so many more. Some (very few) quotes are good and stay with you.
But then, that’s that. Nothing else will be as intriguing as the ratings at GoodReads promise to be.
There is not much of character building, just laser focus on kid’s views on death and dying. “The Fault In Our Stars”, with its grief stricken families, terminally sick characters who are ironic about their illness, expected surprises and predictably abrupt ending of chapters, reminds you of all the hit movies and bestseller love stories that have ever been there – be it 50-50, Notebook, Keith… It will make you sad at times, true… but that is more because its perfected to appeal to most obvious, the most easily accessible emotions.
If you are more into young adult genre, and if you can forgive the cliches, go for the book. Else, wait for the movie.
“Book disappointed. Okay?”
“Hope Movie is better, okay?”
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”
“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”