Yesterday I started reading the fault in our stars, so naturally I finished it today.
I never really wrote like a book review, except for Dutch class (a bit like English in the US, only in Dutch, if that makes sense :S}, so I am so sorry if it isn't like good or anything. Tips and advice are always welcome ;D.
DISCLAIMER: SPOILER ALERT!
I think this book is my favourite John Green book. I loved all he's other books, but this book was just SO AWESOME, when I finished it I just kept staring at it for half an hour. It just hat to like "sink in".
I never really read a book about cancer, it's a bit of a touchy subject. I don't have cancer myself or i don't really know anyone who has cancer, but there is just something about the disease that always makes me feel uncomfortable. Less than a month ago I was in the category "suicidal teenager". And thinking about cancer just makes me feel so guikty, because, you know, they don't chose to die. And I did (well obviously I am not death, but there was a point where really really wanted to be}. (No, I didn't wrote about the suicide stuff to get attention or symphaty and stuff, but the fact is that that part of me really played a role in how I taught about the book, so that's why I mentioned it, because this is a book review; Also please don't feel "sorry" for me}.
I really liked Hazel, she was very relate able to me (except the cancer part}. I loved the way she talked and her interactions with her parents. One of my favourite parts of the book is when she mentions that one of her best friends is an author that didn't even know that she existed (Yes, John Green is my BFF, Roald Dahl and I are also very good friends...}.
Augustus was just amazing. He read books, made witty comments, was charming, smart...just awesome. I kinda fell in love with him while reading the book. One thing that really fascinated me was the cigarette in his mouth that he didn't lit. It's just so... deep. (Yes I am aware how stupid that sentence sounds}. I cried at the funeral part, but I wouldn't have liked the book so much if he didn't die. Weird, I know, I can't really explain it, but somethimes in a book, movie or TV-series somebody just HAS to die.
Hazel and Augustus were such an awesome couple.What I loved about there story is that they still were able to not see each other for some days. That's also one of te things that makes this not some shitty romance novel; No offense romance lovers, but I just hate book where you get a couple that is just perfect and that are almost always together and when they are not for like 5 minutes they miss each other so badly. There relationship was realistic, that's what I liked about it. It felt "real". As far as something can be real in a book, but you all get the idea.
When Hazel first started talking about Peter Van Houten I actually thought he was a real author. But as the story continued I realized that he wasn't, because if it was John Green would be writing fanfiction, kinda...
I really liked Van Houten. I know, weird, right. But the facts is that everything he said, was kind of true. Don't get me wrong, I think cancer is a horrible thing, but the way people treat kids with cancer is indeed wrong sometimes. So yeah, I really liked him.
Another great character in the book was Isaac. I started tearing up when they said he would become blind. One of my favourite scenes/ parts with him was when he said that thing about, why can't I be deaf instead of blind.
What I think is very unique about this book is the way the parents interact with there children. In a lot of books you will find that the author either doesn't really pay a lot of attention to the parents or makes you dislike them. So that was very fascinating for me.
I loved the book and I might read it again after a month or 3 so. It kind of reminded me how epic John's writing is.
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