Tarah and I both read this book, and this one wasn’t planned!
It is not uncommon for a few of us to be reading the same book at the same time – we kinda have a book club thing going – and with being such close friends, we’re of course talking to each other about what we are reading or just finished, and telling each other “you’ve just got to read it – so good!” But The Fault in Our Stars we both just picked up randomly.
Curious to know what we each thought, … or what our reactions were, since we all know Tarah is a weeper? Well ladies and gentlemen, here’s a twofer!
I wasn’t planning on liking this book. I knew it was going to be sad and depressing, and that the author was going to deftly pull every heart-string ploy ever known to man … and yet I still fell victim! I couldn’t help it. The characters, though definitely not flawless, were very likable.
What wasn’t likable was the mockery of Christians and Christian-run support groups. I found this very distasteful. And I certainly don’t agree with the idea portrayed in the book that if you’re young, in love and dying, you might as well live it up (and by that I mean they slept together).
I really couldn’t recommend young teens reading this; it would be better handled by a maturer audience. If you fall into the latter group, you should know that the ending is pretty hard to predict and that having tissue at hand at some point in the book (I didn’t say where, so don’t assume the end) wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I pretty much knew I would love this book as soon as I heard about it. It probably says something terrible about me that I love tragedies, but I do. Maybe I should try to hide that. The story sounded tragic and real, and as you already know, I love things that make me feel something.
Laughs are hard-won in most books, let alone books about cancer, but John Green marries humor and calamity beautifully. The characters felt real, and although they embrace a totally opposite view of life, love and heroism than I have, they were enjoyable. It was a witty, surprising, emotional read and totally worth your time.
HOWEVER, I completely agree with Luisa that this book is in great need of our filter and possibly still inappropriate for its target audience. The characters and voice of the book mock Christianity and embrace the hopelessness of life. I would highly suggest reading this book before handing it to your child, even with the filter in place, as the subject matter and tone are quite mature.
(Tarah didn’t say it, but don’t let that fool you – you can assume she was sitting in a puddle … at some point in the book).
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.
With over 40 sexual references or scenes and 160+ curse words, I would strongly recommend purchasing the Clean Guide which is coming soon!