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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

book / review / The Fault in our Stars - John Green

Spoiler alert. 

Well not really, I'm going to do my best not to give too much away.

As promised in my video - found here - I have written my review of the book. See I told you!

I was nervous when starting this book. It had been so hyped by so many people that it had a lot to live up to. Oh and I hate crying over books.

Past page 229 I was a bit emotional - but not the bawling wreck I had expected to be. Choked up yes, especially in those last few pages and that one line that really hurts midway through (challenge you to find it!) but it was nowhere near the level I reached after reading Before I die (Jenny Downham) - which coincidentally is another cancer book.

The story is told from the perspective of Hazel, who has stage 4 thyroid cancer and discusses her dying as one would talk about lunch. John Green disposes of eloquent language and the beauty of the book is in its simplicity. He feeds you just enough information to let your imagination take over and the character journey is thoroughly convincing, if not frustratingly short. 

So, Hazel falls in love with a boy whose resilience against their hardship is endearing, and they encourage living in the moment and being yourself. Top bits of advice for the general population. 

I think after finishing the book, I'm actually harder hit than I was whilst reading it, probably because I sat for five hours in the car listening to Adele and thinking...

Okay. I have to voice my slight reservation about the story, and I hate doing that to books. If you're one of those individuals who hates cancers books, this is no exception. Despite being described as 'just a book about people who happen to have cancer', in all seriousness it is about cancer. Unavoidably. That actually goes without saying as the whole shabang begins at a support group meeting. And I have a feeling they wouldn't have been there without the whole dying situation going on, and by proxy the journey they went on just wouldn't have happened. And that's actually kind of sad. So I guess that it being a cancer book isn't a bad thing, but

I'm going to describe this as an easy read - purely because I completed it in under a day despite being over 300 pages long. That doesn't make it emotionally easy. It's powerful and leaves you a little bit like it ended in the middle of

Oh I did.

Now you have to read it.


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