Posts Tagged ‘young adult’

It seems as though every second teen is requesting The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. When books are requested that often I have to read them, regardless of the topic, to see what all the fuss is about. Review:

In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects–life, death, love–with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. Hazel is sixteen, with terminal cancer, when she meets Augustus at her kids-with-cancer support group. The two are kindred spirits, sharing an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm, and watching them fall in love even as they face universal questions of the human condition–How will I be remembered? Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?–has a raw honesty that is deeply moving. –Seira Wilson

Accolades for The Fault in Our Stars:

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012
An Entertainment Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2012
John Green is one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year, 2012
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
International Bestseller
#1 Children’s Indiebound Pick
New York Times Editor’s Choice
The Huffington Post Best Books of 2012
A Booklist Books for Youth Editor’s Choice
The Horn Book Fanfare List
A Publishers Weekly Best Book
A School Library Journal Best Book
Unprecedented EIGHT starred reviews

My review: I read half the book in one sitting, which obviously is a sign of a gripping book. It started off very strong, making you quickly grow close to main characters. It’s LOL funny at times, moving, and none too “teen angsty,” as many YA books. However, I felt like it fizzled toward the end. I wasn’t expecting a happily ever after type ending, but the so called turn in the story was predictable, and I was left a bit disappointed. Maybe I expected too much? It’s overall a good book, but not one that will stick with me, nor plague with me questions of what happened to the main character after the book ended, as it did to Hazel in An Imperial Affliction. *Spoiler Alert!* Okay, I take that back, I am starting to wonder how Hazel is doing…