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6 Aug 2014

'The Fault in our Stars' | My thoughts on the book

Hey Friends!

A couple of weeks ago curiosity got the better of me and I decided to buy in to the hype that surrounds 'The fault in our stars' by popping in to Easons and purchasing the book.

 I was really excited to read it because it sounded like it was the best and most heart-breaking romance since 'The Titanic'. I had high hopes for this to be absolutely amazing. Such great hopes led to disappointment though.

I mean, it was good. I got through the whole book in three days which is fast for me so it was clearly a page turner and I was interested in the plot and what was going to happen. 

However, in my opinion it is not as good as people made it out to be (sorry if you're a huge fan!) 
I just found some of it to not be believable, to be too far fetched. 

I found the whole 'let's go to Amsterdam to find out what happened to fictional characters in a fictional book after it ended' a little bit silly and difficult to believe that a 16 year old girl would get so worked up about it that she would risk flying to the other side of the world under ill health, for answers that anyone could answer by using their imagination. 

I also found the first kiss scene a tad bit disturbing. Anne Franks house is not a typically romantic location, it's actually a bit morbid and disrespectful to her and the victims of the holocaust in my opinion. Why couldn't it have happen at night time along the river, or after dinner? 

In general, I never felt excited about the love between Hazel and Augustus, I don't know why but the chemistry never jumped through the page to me. I feel like a lot of people might hate me for saying all this but I honestly did not care much for the characters of Hazel and Augustus. They both came across as very similar characters. They seemed quite know-it-all and annoying in the book. Eeeek I can feel the hate but I am being honest!

Ok time for some positivity! One thing I did like about the book was its underlying message which was portrayed through Augustus. He is someone who wants to control everything he can. He wants to be remembered, to be a hero and to live an extraordinary life. He fears being unremarkable and ponders on oblivion. But Hazel shows him the 'legacy' he has with the ones he loves is more important than glory and fame among strangers. I like the message that we sometimes should drop the idea of 'greatness' and accept what God / the 'stars' have given you.

Although I wasn't hugely impressed by this book, I don't regret reading it because it did have a lot of messages like that one which I think are helpful to remember in life. 
I have a strange feeling that this would be so much better in movie form. The characters would probably be more relatable and the love between the two protagonists more apparent and electrifying. I am definitely going to try and catch the movie at some stage.

If you have read the book or seen the movie let me know what you thought of them in the comments. I am sure a lot of people will disagree with my opinions, be sure to say if you do! 

Talk to you in the next post!

Sinead x

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Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the book, but I'm a sucker for basically any romance. I read it a second time recently and I agree that parts of it were a bit far fetched. Also, that first kiss was disturbing to me too, and it's even weirder in the movie.

Anonymous said...

I understand what you mean about the book to a certain extent; it was overhyped. However, I liked the story and like you said, Gus's outlook on life is a breath of fresh air. I didn't understand them kissing in The Anne Frank House. I am not sure what the author meant by making that happen. I really liked the movie. It is wonderful to see Gus and Hazel's relationship come to life.
With regards to them flying while ill, put yourself in their shoes and swap their book for something you have loved. I think the author included the trip to display their willingness to enjoy life no matter their circumstances. I think the film is better than the film.

Much love xx

Indi Stilling said...

I really like this book and agree with your view on the first kiss scene. It wasn't very romantic.


Emma McIlroy said...

I agree with quite a few of these points, but I still really love the book. I read it in 2012, so it was just another book to me, and I think it can be really hard to read a book when there is so much hype around it. It's funny, I had completely forgotten that their first kiss was in the Anne Frank house until I saw the movie, in my memory from the book I thought they kissed way before Amsterdam, but I guess that is just my memory playing tricks on me. It is by no means a perfect book, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable one all the same. :)

Lucille Chetty said...

Hey Sinead, I completely agree with the point that some parts of the book seemed really far fetched, however John Green's style of writing is so captivating which is why you and many other couldn't put the down. You've written a great balanced review btw. xx :)


Anna said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one to not find it overly great :/ I don't think it lived up to the hype surrounding it at all, which was a real shame.

I didn't feel much after reading the book or after watching the film :/

let me know if you get the chance to watch the movie? I'd love to know what you think of it :) xxx

Emily Johnson said...

I completely agree with everything you said! I, too, bought the book a couple weeks ago, finished it in 4 days, and walked away from it feeling very disappointed. I haven't watched the movie yet but honestly I don't have much inclination to... People have said it's one of the best book to film adaptations in a long time so it kind of puts me off!
PS I totally love your blog!


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