Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
Source of pic: Wikipedia.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Current Rating on Goodreads: 4.49 of 5 stars
Pages: 318
Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Despite 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.

Hmm. So I'm not really sure how I feel about this book exactly. I mean, don't get me wrong, I liked it, but there's just.......idk, just let me write this all down:
Ookayy, firstly, if you're expecting a cancer book where the pretty girl with cancer falls in love with this handsome dude and then her cancer is miraculously cured and they live happily ever after to the end of their cancer-free days........Do. Not. Read. This. Book.......Seriously........This. Is. Not. A. Happily. Ever. After. I. Repeat. NOT. A. Happily. Ever. After. Book.
But this book DID have it's humor (quite a bit) and integrity. I loved Hazel and Augustus's wacky banter! :D *laughs* I seriously felt depressed at the end tho.......:'(

“May I see you again?" he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
I smiled. "Sure."
"Tomorrow?" he asked.
"Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager.
"Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow." I rolled my eyes. "I'm serious," he said.
"You don't even know me," I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. "How about I call you when I finish this?"
"But you don't even have my phone number," he said.
"I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book."
He broke out into that goofy smile. "And you say we don't know each other.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (Hazel and Augustus)

The book as a whole: It had an impressive array of emotions all packed in; happiness, contentment, hilariousness, sadness, anticipation (not the action kind tho), trepidation, distress, heart-breaking sadness (yes it is it's own emotion), quirkiness, confuzzlement, awesomesauceness............yeahhh!

“Gus: "It tastes like..."
Me: "Food."
Gus: "Yes, precisely. It tastes like food, excellently prepared. But it does not taste, how do I put this delicately...?"
Me: "It does not taste like God Himself cooked heaven into a series of five dishes which were then served to you accompanied by several luminous balls of fermented, bubbly plasma while actual and literal flower petals floated down around your canal-side dinner table."
Gus: "Nicely phrased."
Gus's father: "Our children are weird."
My dad: "Nicely phrased.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Now the writing: And here lies my problem. The writing was nicely structured and sophisticated, but there were all these riddling sentences and poetry that I felt were maybe imperative to the understanding of the story, and thus I felt like I wasn't seeing the whole thing, the whole picture. Sophistication is WONDERFUL but I felt that maybe the writing was maybe a little overdone and full of an overabundance of metaphors......which kinda wrung mah brain like a frilly dress shirt soaked with cold, dirty water. XP *pointed look* You get the idea. But heyy, that's just me.

The ending: It felt right, albeit short. (view spoiler)
Some of the story wasn't really my kind of thing (aka the depressing stuff), but I will state that it was well done.
Thus, 3.5 stars.

See yaa peeps! XD
—MissBloodsucker™ All Sucked Out!

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