Coincidence, on the rare occasion, knocks on my door and decides to give me a gift.
Or, you know, my laziness proves to come with some sort of reward.
Nonetheless, my John Green review series, which started many months ago, is finally coming to a close with The Fault In Our Stars, and this is (ever so satisfyingly) my 100th review.
The Fault In Our Stars is John Green’s latest book (well, until Turtles All The Way Down this October), and is by far his most successful. And there is reason for that.
Until this point I placed Looking For Alaska on a very high throne, and it appears that it has been overthrown.
Hazel Grace is a sixteen year old who has been struggling with cancer since she was thirteen. She meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor, and a book ensues.
It has been a while since I read a book in which, from page one to the end, I found not one flaw and instead found myself between pages of a complete masterpiece in every sense of the literary word.
All of John Green’s books have been very self-contained, geographically, but this one stretches across two continents. Yet, in terms of characters, none are as personal as this one.
This paradox is what makes The Fault In Our Stars shine (pun intended), because its themes are of incredible significance, and yet the story told is intimate. It is able to present a view into the universe through the eyes of a traveling comet.
Printed in the pages of this book is a narrative that invites you to sympathise while not restraining itself when taking a rather unique approach to describing things like disease and death. There is always something to be commended about a work of art that does not hold back.
I am a fan of a good love story. Not a fan of a terrible one. Sadly, there is usually nothing in between. Thankfully, The Fault In Our Stars is a great love story, that highlights why both main characters should not be together especially well, if only to emphasise that they should.
The Fault In Our Stars is beloved and deserves to be. What John Green crafted in these pages will be tough to match in his next book, but if quality is any indicator, he is absolutely capable of doing so.
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