Love it or Bust? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book Review, Young Adult Books

I must be the only person on the planet that didn’t love this book. I must have missed something, because I didn’t spend days with my tissue box clutched to my chest. I read it for an article I was working on, but if I didn’t have that reason to persevere, I would have quit reading half way through.  There are a few reasons I felt this way about the book:

  • I wasn’t in the mood.  I thought I was, but apparently, I wasn’t. 
  • I read too much.  I read so many books that I’ve become hard to please and harder to wow. 
  • It was boring.  This goes back to my first reason.  I find romance/relationship novels boring when I’m not in the mood for them.  It was also kind of crude and the romance was too fast to be believable.  I didn’t believe that it was honest to goodness love. Emotional? Yes.  Great connection? Yes.  Real love? No.

I didn’t hate the book, let me clear that up.  I just didn’t LOVE it.  I liked how the ending shows each person dealing with grief and loss differently. I liked the insights into human nature and leaving a mark on the world, because I think most people struggle with that to some extent.

Content: Language, innuendo, non-descriptive sex.

3 STARS

About the Book:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Age range: 15+

Grade level: 9 and up

Genre: Romance/grief

Hardcover: 318 pages

Publisher: Dutton Books; 1st edition (January 10, 2012)

Source: My bookshelf

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:
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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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    Barb
    February 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    You are not alone. I rated it 3 stars when I read it as well (at least I think I did). I read it because of all the hype and truth be told, I could have never read it and not felt any remorse about it. It was cute, but actually Agustus' best friend was my favorite character.

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I'm glad I'm not the only one! My favorite character was the surly author, Peter Van Houten. He livened things up a bit.

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    Ms. Yingling
    February 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    It's more YA than middle grade, so rather boring. I refuse to have it in my library because of language and sex. Not a huge fan of Green's, although had he been writing when I was 15, I would have definitely been a Nerdfighter.

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, it's definitely YA and not suitable for middle grade readers. I remember seeing your blog post about not having it in your library. I think your school is fortunate to have you! We need more school librarians like you!

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