In September I read my first ever Green-novel, Turtles All the Way Down, followed shortly by Looking for Alaska. While I loved the first, I didn’t really like the latter. This pretty much had me concluding that I need to read more of Green’s work to find out whether or not he might become one of my favorite authors.
So, the third John Green-novel I picked up? The Fault in Our Stars! I have to say that I did see the movie years ago and it was hard not thinking of it while reading…
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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
I love his writing. I simply do. John Green’s writing style feels simple and complicated all at once. It’s descriptive and straightforward at the same time and it shows the character’s core without any effort. Or at least, that’s what it feels like to me.
Same as with his other two books I read, I also read this one in no time. Flipping page after page, reading and reading because I was so engrossed in the story.
My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.
And a beautiful story it is. Beautiful, yet heart-breaking, yet hopeful and still hopeless all at once. I honestly love how The Fault in Our Stars felt so contradictory and perfect. I know John Green gets a lot of praise for his work and I can really say that I understand why.
Augustus? I loooove him! No, it doesn’t have to do with the fact that his nickname is only one letter short of being my boyfriend’s name. He’s just so… pure, honest and completely, entirely loveable. His honesty, his cute gestures, his willingness to help others even though he needs some help himself. I adore him. I laughed, I cried. Cried a lot. Cried some more. He touched me in a way that surprised me but made me happy all the same.
As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
I. Don’t. Like. Hazel. I just can’t. She feels like such a self-centered and egoistic person all the time and I couldn’t get over it. I’m sure that I’m a bit biased on that part because I really didn’t like the actress in the movie either but… Nope, I simply can’t get myself to care for her. At all. But that’s the only thing I didn’t like about this novel? And if I have to be really honest, it isn’t even that big of a deal because we all come across those characters we simply can’t seem to like, right?
It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.
I think it’s safe to say that four and a half cupcakes is a fair rating! This means that I liked two out of three John Green-novels so far! Looking good!
I honestly had to laugh at one point in this book when “wrong coffee” was mentioned. For those of you who don’t know, it’s what we call a coffee with more milk than coffee and the literal translation was just so funny to read. Of course, I couldn’t pick this as the munches – or more like drink – of my review!