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Book review : The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
(NO SPOILERS)
I heard about this book when it was released and forgot to buy it. Recently, with all the talks about the movie being made (starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel), made me curious again, and I finally ordered it. And I’ll be clear from the start of this review : I didn’t like it.
I feel like I’m the only one who really did not like this book. The magazines gave it raving reviews, the internet is full of fans being very emotional about it… and I don’t get why. Let me explain.
- The characters : I didn’t feel any connection with Hazel or Augustus, certainly due to the fact that they’re not realistic at all. They talk like no teenagers would ever talk IRL (a bit like in Dawsons’s Creek - remember the endless monologues and witty remarks?). You will say ; but they’re not like regular teens, they’ve got cancer and they’re mature for their age! Well, let’s be honest : I know mature teens, I worked with disabled teens, and even with what they were going through, they did. not. talk. or. act. like. Hazel. or. Gus. Teens like them are angry, depressed, sometimes mean - and I understand why. Whereas Hazel and Augustus always have the right witty, sassy remark like their dialogues were written by a pro and… wait, that’s it. The dialogues were written, it’s obvious, it doesn’t sound natural at all.
Moreover, Hazel and Augustus basically have the same personnality, the same attitude. I don’t see the point in creating two characters if they’re just a copy of each other.
- The romance. Just like any other sappy, cheesy rom-com. A hopeless girl meets a boy by chance and oh, surprise! He’s hot and clever and he falls in love with her at first sight. My question is : why? How? The love-story is never really developped and it’s just way too easy and cheesy. So I don’t get how people find their relationship so “beautiful”. What’s so amazing and beautiful about them? To be honest, I think Bella & Edward’s relationship was a tad better than this one, and since I hated Twilight, that means a lot.
- The plot. Super predictable. Cheesy. Emotionless. I thought this book would really show mle kids dealing with and fighting cancer, but really it just talks about two kids babbling about their vision of life and love, with a total lack of realism, using clichés. Meh.
As a result, I did not feel sad or bad for them, for their story, neither did I cry at the end of the book.  I even find some parts quite annoying and/or boring. It was easily read, and will easily be forgotten.

Book review : The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

(NO SPOILERS)

I heard about this book when it was released and forgot to buy it. Recently, with all the talks about the movie being made (starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel), made me curious again, and I finally ordered it. And I’ll be clear from the start of this review : I didn’t like it.

I feel like I’m the only one who really did not like this book. The magazines gave it raving reviews, the internet is full of fans being very emotional about it… and I don’t get why. Let me explain.

- The characters : I didn’t feel any connection with Hazel or Augustus, certainly due to the fact that they’re not realistic at all. They talk like no teenagers would ever talk IRL (a bit like in Dawsons’s Creek - remember the endless monologues and witty remarks?). You will say ; but they’re not like regular teens, they’ve got cancer and they’re mature for their age! Well, let’s be honest : I know mature teens, I worked with disabled teens, and even with what they were going through, they did. not. talk. or. act. like. Hazel. or. Gus. Teens like them are angry, depressed, sometimes mean - and I understand why. Whereas Hazel and Augustus always have the right witty, sassy remark like their dialogues were written by a pro and… wait, that’s it. The dialogues were written, it’s obvious, it doesn’t sound natural at all.

Moreover, Hazel and Augustus basically have the same personnality, the same attitude. I don’t see the point in creating two characters if they’re just a copy of each other.

- The romance. Just like any other sappy, cheesy rom-com. A hopeless girl meets a boy by chance and oh, surprise! He’s hot and clever and he falls in love with her at first sight. My question is : why? How? The love-story is never really developped and it’s just way too easy and cheesy. So I don’t get how people find their relationship so “beautiful”. What’s so amazing and beautiful about them? To be honest, I think Bella & Edward’s relationship was a tad better than this one, and since I hated Twilight, that means a lot.

- The plot. Super predictable. Cheesy. Emotionless. I thought this book would really show mle kids dealing with and fighting cancer, but really it just talks about two kids babbling about their vision of life and love, with a total lack of realism, using clichés. Meh.

As a result, I did not feel sad or bad for them, for their story, neither did I cry at the end of the book.  I even find some parts quite annoying and/or boring. It was easily read, and will easily be forgotten.

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