The first time I heard about this book was when the movie trailer came on during a commercial break. I was immediately intrigued – a total sucker for a teen, tragic romance, I suppose.
I wasn’t quite prepared, emotionally, for what the book portrayed. Suprising since, going in, I knew it was a cancer story and sadness goes hand in hand with it. I practically braced myself for an onslaught of emotions. Instead I found myself smiling and falling in love with the characters.
There was a real, honest quality to The Fault in Our Stars. I liked that Hazel Grace didn’t wax poetic (setting aside the trip to Disneyland) about the inevitability of her life. Her outlook on life and the way she chose to live in her reality was set apart from what I’d imagine for a teenage girl to do. I found it refreshing and bright in a story that had a sadness and darkness surrounding it. There was a maturity that felt real. Dealing with death can make you wiser beyond your years so I believed her character, in her words and her thoughts.
Augustus – Prince Charming with a heavy foot on the pedal and an unlit cigarette in his mouth. Love him? Yeah I did. Honesty brought this couple together and they had such a wonderful comaraderie throughout the book. For two teenagers to find that kind of honest relationship, love and genuinity – how could I not love him. I enjoyed what they did for each other; for what they experienced together and for what they shared.
Her journey wasn’t without it’s let-downs but it added to the honesty of the story. Life can be an illusion, a let down. It’s how you handle those let downs that dictate your life. These two chose to live life when their infinity was shorter than the other guys. I loved that.
The Fault in Our Stars is a wonderful read and definitely a book that will stay in my personal library for a long while.