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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

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greenHave you ever read a book that tugs at your heart strings? A real page-turner that has you on an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end? Well, John Green has the ability to make you feel such a strong connection with the characters, and the situations they endure, and bring out those emotions that you never knew you even had.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green has been on the New York Times young adult best-seller list for the past 46 weeks. This novel is one of the most talked about young adult novels of the year. The movie based off of the novel is also premiering June 6th of 2014, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

This novel has a bit of everything. There’s humor, drama, romance, angst, and heartbreaking sadness. So heartbreaking that most readers cry enough to fill a small ocean.

The Fault In Our Stars tells the love story of cancer patients Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who meet in a cancer support group. Despite the heavy situation, Hazel and Augustus take on every day with the same attitudes as every other teenager: with sarcasm, sass, and wit. As you read this book, you tag along with Hazel and Augustus through many relatable situations, despite their disease, such as friends who won’t open up, parents who just don’t understand, and idols that we dream of meeting someday.

Now, when you read what this novel is about, it’s pretty clear that it’s emotional and sad. But it’s also touching, unique, and most of all, it’s real. With such a touchy subject like Cancer, it might be hard to see it as an enjoyable read. Well that’s where you’re wrong. The Fault In Our Stars is on The New York Times bestseller list for a reason. This book is one of those books that you after you finish, you have a completely different outlook on the topics.

As you read this heartbreaking yet beautiful novel, it’s nearly impossible to not get attached to the characters. Especially females. Despite Augustus’s amputated leg, he’s pretty much perfect. I’m pretty sure every female reader that I’ve talked to has a crush on this fictional character.

It’s pretty obvious that I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something completely real and true to the heart. But make sure you have a box of tissues nearby. Or two.

John Green has written many popular young adult teen angst novels. Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Looking For Alaska, a 2006 Printz Award winner, are very well-known to teen bookworms. The Fault In Our Stars is one of Green’s masterpieces,a must-read for all ages.

 

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