Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
My rating: 2 of 5
(Book read from June 7th to June 8th, 2014.)
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.
My Thoughts on the Book:
Ok, so, obviously, I'm in the minority when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars. I know that everyone seems to love this book, but because of the few bloggers that didn't like it, I decided not to have any expectations. I mean, I didn't even watch the movie trailer, in case there are spoilers in it. So, is The Fault in Our Stars the best book ever? No, definitely not! I know that enjoying a book is subjective, but seriously? Did we read the same book? I'm just glad that this wasn't my first John Green book, because after this, I probably wouldn't have read any of his other books, which would've been a shame.The Fault in Our Stars wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it just wasn't good. It was pretentious, and mostly when the characters talked, I felt like I was listening to John Green philosophize about his opinions & thoughts on the theme & life in general. I mean, seriously? I love John Green's videos, even before I started reading his books, but this was just plain unbelievable in general, especially coming from two teenagers.And the story was predictable, and so, so boring. I just kept reading until I finished it, because I knew if I stop, I will probaby never go back to it.That being said, it was still a sad story, but I wasn't heartbroken over it. I guessed early on what will happen, and despite the overall unrealistic aspect of it, it wasn't all bad. There were a few good parts, and realistic, too. Like the good day, which I don't think it counts only for people with cancer, but from my experience, it usually happens with sick & dying people, so that was real. Also, in all this philosophical & pretentious babble, there were a few things & quotes that I liked, but nothing life-changing, and mostly, I was shaking my head on all the things said, and at the silliness of it all.I'm actually quite sad about writing this bad review, because I loved Looking for Alaska, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and John Green's story in Let It Snow was my most fav in the book, and I loved his writing style, but this one, thanks, but no thanks!I didn't quite like the characters. I wanted to like them, but just couldn't. I'd say that Augustus was interesting enough, I liked his optimism & he was funny at times, and sweet. But, Hazel, I have nothing to say about her, good or bad. The only character that I quite liked was Isaac. As for the romance, it wasn't bad, just your ordinary romance, that happened because of that thing - meeting at the right time & place in their lives, so they connected & started to like each other. But, it wasn't memorable or unforgettable, or the best book I've ever read. And I don't even want to comment on Van Houten, because I'll start to rant.In the end, I can't recommend The Fault in Our Stars. It just wasn't good, and doesn't deserve all the hype. But, even though I didn't like the book, I'm actually looking forward to the movie. After I finished reading the book, I watched the movie trailer, and I think that it will be good, and hopefully most of the pretentious dialogues will be toned down.