Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fault in Our Stars by John Green [Review]

The Fault in Our Stars4 out of 5 Robots!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
Release: January 10, 2012
Hardcover: 313 Pages
Publisher: Dutton
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
  (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I am definitely going to be in the minority by saying this, but I am not in love with Fault in Our Stars like everyone else.  I wouldn't normally read a "cancer" book, but it got such good reviews I had to give it a try.  It is also my first John Green novel.  Oh, John Green.  How can you make me simultaneously enjoy your book and yet be so irritated with it at the same time? 

My main problem is with the characters. Hazel and Augustus are characters who are supposed to be teens but in no way act or talk like teens or even like most adults. The hyper aware, Proust sprouting, manic-ness of Gus and Hazel’s thoughts grate on me.  It is like if Rory Gilmore and Dawson Leery cancer and then had metaphorical discussions about it all the time.  It is just too much for me sometimes. And really, Gus’ whole cigarette stiche where he puts cigarettes in his mouth but does not smoke them because he “puts the killing thing in front of him but does not allow it to kill him” as a metaphor just about sent me over the top.  What is THAT? 
But for all my railings against his characters, I did find the book very well written and thought provoking.  It is a heart wrenching and realistic look at cancer.  And the ending.  Oh the ending well definitely get you.  I feel like it is a book that will stay with you for a long time after reading it.

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