“Okay,” he answered. I could hear his crooked smile.”
There’s some books you hear about, like ones on the New York Times Bestselling list, and you think, I really hope I love that book. Like I’d be a horrible person if I didn’t.
And I tried to love this one, I did. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells the story of two teenagers dealing with cancer who fall in love. Or as amazon describes: 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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
First let me say this: I think this was worth reading as it shines light on the world of kids/teens battling cancer (and their parents) and it’s real. No fluff here. I think more people need to get a glimpse of what it’s like.
But y’all, I’m 187% shocked I didn’t cry in this book. Like who am I?? Both Augustus and Hazel had some funny lines and the reading was fast and moved along just fine, but there was something missing I can’t quite bring to words. Maybe it was this underlying sense of hopelessness from Hazel. It felt that not matter what Hazel tried, she felt no hope. And that made me sad.
Do I think it was worth reading? Yes. Not only was this the most we’ve ever discussed in book club, it’s reality for so many: the hurt, the pain, the small joys, the smiles, the breakdowns, the tears, death, funerals and love.
Have you read this? What did you think?