Review by Pasqaule
John Green is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He has also written Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Looking for Alaska. He collaborated with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (both Young Adult authors) and wrote Let it Snow. He also worked with David Levithan (YA) on Will Grayson, Will Grayson. John Green’s latest book, The Fault In Our Stars was released in January 2012.
As many of you may know, The Fault In Our Stars movie comes out on the 6th of June 2014, though release dates vary between countries. The trailer was released last week, and from the two minute and thirty seconds clip, I was blown away by the accuracy of the movie. Quotes from the book were directly used, and even the character’s clothes matched the book’s descriptions.
Shailene Woodley plays the protagonist, Hazel Grace Lancaster. Other projects that she is working on include acting as Tris in the incoming book-to-movie adaption of Divergent, and she starred besides Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now as Aimee. She also acted as Amy Juergens in the TV show The Secret Life of An American Teenager.
Ansel Elgort plays the totally sexy Augustus Waters. Other projects he’s working on include playing as Tris’s brother, Caleb, in Divergent, and in Carrie as Tommy Ross.
The Fault In Our Stars tells a story about a sixteen-year-old girl called Hazel. Diagnosed with cancer since she was thirteen, she had to drop out of school and haul around an oxygen tank wherever she went. She stayed home all the time and read and reread An Imperial Affliction. Depression and thoughts about death weren’t new to her. Yet, she starts going to a Support Group that meets in the Heart of Jesus, where she meets the tall, handsome and articulate Augustus Waters. Hazel slowly begins to realise that life doesn’t have to be perfect for love to be extraordinary.Ansel Elgort plays the totally sexy Augustus Waters. Other projects he’s working on include playing as Tris’s brother, Caleb, in Divergent, and in Carrie as Tommy Ross.
This book was quite the read. Filled with humour, once you really get into its story and fall in love with its characters, you shall not want to put it down. Only a genius like John Green could take a seemingly simple plot line and make the reader cling onto every word.
My favourite part is the Amsterdam Trip. I personally love travelling, and John Green used beautiful descriptions and imagery to describe the city. Also, it is part of the novel where Hazel and Augustus really begin to grow closer to one another.
My least favourite part was the ending. However, for this review to remain spoiler-free, I cannot indulge in any details.
My favourite quote is: “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you,” — Augustus Waters. That line really hit me in the gut, because it’s very true.
The Fault In Our Stars is a very good book to read if you want to appreciate life and what it has to offer — if you don’t mind the tears that shall be shed, and the book-hangover at the end of it. John Green deals with a difficult topic in this novel, however, it is beautifully written and executed, filled with humour and tragic irony.
I would rate it 8.5/10.
Note from Jace Vishus: It was a privilege to have my heart broken by this book.
Here is the trailer:
And here is the song from the trailer, “What You Wanted” by OneRepublic: