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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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Aug 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, book-a-day-challenge-summer-2014, awaiting-review

I realize that every single one of my friends have given this book 5 stars. I suppose this review suffers from my delay in reading the book, combined with the deluge of expectations that have built up. I often find things (movies and books) anti-climatic if I am exposed to too many rave reviews.
I started hearing John Green accolades over a year ago and because The Fault in Our Stars was on huge waiting lists last summer, I chose to read Paper Towns by John Green instead. I would almost say that I was more enamored with that book than this one.
I think that John Green has a beautiful gift with the written word. However, I think his plots are slightly formulaic. He always has a love story boiling in teen-age existential angst, a moderately crazy girl and an epic road trip. The Fault in My Stars has a little added emotional tug with the childhood cancer theme. I would call it a teen age "Tuesdays with Morrie."
All that to say that I still gave it 4 stars, just couldn't give it 5. I still read it in less than 2 days, and yes I sat at the coffee shop and shamelessly cried in public as I finished it this morning.
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Reading Progress

August 21, 2012 – Shelved
September 23, 2012 – Shelved as: young-adult
Started Reading
June 23, 2014 – Shelved as: book-a-day-challenge-summer-2014
June 23, 2014 – Shelved as: awaiting-review
June 23, 2014 – Finished Reading

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