Friday, 18 April 2014

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Today marks the day I will be writing up my first book review! I did used to have a blog account when I was much younger where I reviewed books... however that has long since been deleted! I wanted to begin doing book reviews for 2014 and I wanted to make sure my first review was of a book I loved. Today I will be sharing my thoughts on The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I'm all for reviewing books without giving the plot away so don't worry I won't be letting slip any spoilers! The overall premise of this book is that there are two young loves; Hazel and Augustus (which can I just say annoyed me at first because I kept visualising Augustus Gloop initially...) who both suffer from cancer.  Hazel falls in love with Augustus who she met through her support group. Hazel is 17 and suffers from terminal cancer - she is the main character of the book. The story focuses on their journeys alongside their friend Isaac. 

As someone who has had a family and extended family that have been affected by cancer this book really touched me. The narrative is through Hazel; she is a very strong character who makes a point of not looking for sympathy and remaining strong. Hazel's narrative is humorous in parts with her 'glass half empty' cynicism with life. Her bluntness when discussing certain topics is funny in parts and lifts the mood of the book in appropriate areas. 

I did cry after reading this book I will say that. Some of you may be able to predict the ending (I must admit I predicted it however not in the exact way I thought it would end!) however even though I had prepared myself I still found myself with a tissue after closing the book.  It was emotive for me. The book is an emotional roller-coaster of getting to know the characters and going through the twists and turns that they go through.

The only negative I have which I know both myself and a few of my friends spotted was the articulation of the young characters. They were all so incredibly well spoken and educated; particularly delving into literature and philosophy. Literature was fine, that is believable as I myself at that age found myself being very well read however the philosophy was a bit heavy at points. Sometimes the over characterisation of just how well spoken and educated these young adults were slowed down the pace and ease of the reading. Although this happens very few and far between and is something that should put you off of giving this book a try!

Overall however I found the writing style to be enjoyable and very well paced. I easily flew through each chapter and couldn't put the book down - I was hooked!

I don't want to give too much of the story away which is why I just gave you an overall synopsis and my overall opinion. This is a book I think everyone should read. I have recommended this book to so many people. I myself read it in two days! Have you read The Fault In Our Stars? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! (Try to avoid spoilers!!) 

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20 comments:

  1. I bought this book a few days ago and I can't wait to read it, unfortunately tumblr spoiled it for me but I think I should still enjoy it - nice review :)

    http://daisychainprincess.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That is a shame! You will enjoy it just get the tissues ready!

      Claire

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  2. I read this book a while ago and I cried too! Good review, hard to review without giving it away but like many I think you can guess the ending just from knowing that they are two cancer patients, one of which is terminal :( Sad book but still a great read!
    Are you going to be doing more reviews?

    loveablevogue.com

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    1. Yes exactly :( It was hard to review without spoilers but I think I managed it! Yes I will definitely be reviewing more books!

      Claire

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  3. I love, love, love this book! I love the plot. I love John Green, aaaaah!

    Zoe
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    1. I can't wait to read more of his books!

      Claire

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  4. I love your blog! Wow, keep up the good work!

    xCan you please visit/follow mine & my 14yr olds twins blog x
    P.s Do you want to follow each other's blogs on GFC? I'll follow you back ;) x

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  5. i actually cried at the end too, i really didn't expect it to hit me to hard! guaranteed i'll be in tears when i see the movie x

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    1. I will definitely be crying my eyes out for the movie!

      Claire

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  6. I adore this book, I literally cried through out the whole thing! I don't think I am ready for the movie xx
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  7. lovely short review of what you think of the book! unfortunately I'd read the plot on wikipedia so I'm a little reluctant to read it now but who knows, I might end up reading it anyway!

    Anita @ AllThingsAnita

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    1. I'd still recommend you read it! The plot might be ruined but it is still a good book!

      Claire

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  8. I tried reading this a while back and did enjoy it but I have an awful habit of starting books and then never finishing. Danielle xx

    missdanielle.com

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    1. I have a few friends that have the same habit! Life just gets in the way sometimes - I myself have done it with a few books and then lost interest in them!

      Claire

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  9. I think I'm the only person who couldn't wait for this to end, Hazel drove me insane and irritated me beyond belief x
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    1. The only bit of characterisation I hated was how verbose the main characters were for such a young age!

      Claire

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  10. Loved reading this book, made me so sad :'( but I kinda seen it coming. Cant wait to watch the movie, hopefully they wont ruin it for us becasue usually movies ruin every book ever writen lol.


    Sally

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    1. I loved it too - it was a fantastic read! I did foresee the ending but I loved it none the less! I agree - hopefully the movie will do the book justice!

      Claire

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