Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 313 pages
Essentially a “sick” love story about living while facing a known, pending death.
Perhaps I’m cold hearted, but I felt none of the emotional pangs I was supposed to for this “beloved” and apparently “moving” novel. The plot was predictable and most dialogues read like bad soap opera. I couldn’t connect as I believed it unrealistic and honestly felt frustrated and tortured in several parts. The last few chapters are more tolerable than the majority of the book as it didn’t have the insufferable “epic” romantic exchanges. I do appreciate the novel’s message that chronically ill people should still “live” and not let death/sickness define them.
An honest perspective of death and meaningful message that we should be comfortable with the idea of ambiguity. John Green conveyed great stylistic flare. But, how unrealistic sounding are his dialogues?? “Hazel Grace, it is my privilege to have you break my heart.” Who says that?!?!? And a teenage boy, at that! While I appreciate Green’s message, most of the novel reads like a bad romance.
A work truly meant for teenagers. Unimpressive as a book, we’ll skip the movie version.