As a writer, I dream of this sh!t, John Green. The cast of characters that felt real included the main character, Hazel (funny without realising | non-cliche views toward her cancer), her boyfriend, Augustus (hilarious | not overly emotional yet sweet), Hazel’s mum (worried | OTT in trying to help Hazel’s life outlook), a friend, Isaac (coolest friend ever), and Peter Van Houten (talks/acts with an IQ of 150).
Basically, everyone who was meant to matter in this book stood out.
The love interest in this story was genuine. I fell into Hazel and Augustus’ relationship from the beginning and was rooting for their young love as the book went on.
However, the best thing by far about The Fault in Our Stars is its UNIQUENESS in discussing cancer. I’m not dissing anyone who’s overcome this shattering disease but I loved how the author, John Green, decided this wasn’t a feel-sorry-for-the-poor-cancer-kids book.
As someone with a chronic illness, I loved the “light” take on cancer. Hazel, the main character, wasn’t campaigning against cancer or anything like that. She was just wanting to be her — like anyone with an illness. I’m Me. Not “I’m the Illness.” Hazel, doesn’t want to change the world. She just wants to be in a little circle of family (her mum, dad and her) so when her time bomb (she dies) goes off she hurts as little people as possible — but that’s not possible with her inevitably falling for Augustus.
There’s nothing weighing on Hazel’s shoulders, such as Change The World! or Raise Money For A Cancer Cure! This “normalcy” in such a horrible situation is what makes The Fault in Our Stars so relatable.
This book was a darn laugh from page 1–318. The teenagers’ voices were so realistic that I totally clicked with the dialogue. Also, a note: this book could double-up for a joke book.
Then I got to 75–80% through and I started bawling. Like, I had to move my sobbing bum off the living room chair and reposition myself to my room where I could cry by myself without my brother laughing his head off at me. And in between crying, I laughed, then bawled, then laughed.
I always include negatives in my reviews to be honest with viewers but The Fault in Our Stars had none whatsoever. I loved it.
Recommend -- 5 stars!!