The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

imageDespite 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.

I liked this book, unlike the masses, it failed to knock my socks off.

I like John Green, the one issue I do have with him – his books seem to have familiar characters running throughout each narrative. Their voices never seem to vary and the metaphors appear to be of Green rather than his characters.

I wasn’t thrilled with the Van Houten/Amsterdam twist, too implausible. This part of the story felt thrown in for good measure, in my opinion it distracted from the overall narrative. The language of the characters felt too constructed, again a feeling of implausibility especially in regards to teen verbiage – not unheard of but come on….very unlikely.

Hazel and Augustus were great characters and I genuinely liked them despited their contrived presence.

The Fault in Our Stars is a pleasing story with unlimited promise, I just wish it didn’t feel so overly fictitious.

Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Pages 318
ISBN13: 9780525478812

Recommendation: 3/5

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