#BookReview – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (@realjohngreen) #nerdfighters #thefaultinourstars
The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
YA Fiction Romance
In my man-card defense, I didn’t realize the genre until after I bought it on a whim; this was a Goodreads.com favorite, so I gave it shot.
“You have to promise not to fall in love with me.” If you’ve seen or read A Walk To Remember, then you know what you’re in for. “Fault” a simple and predictable premise: two teen cancer patients fall in love. One of the two is terminal. That’s it. That’s the main premise.” Do the math.
I have to wonder about the people that write book sleeve descriptions of novels. In my last review of “Wayward Girls” you already had an idea of what was coming. Well for this one, the description is a spoiler in itself. That said, I enjoyed this.
It’s a simply written novel. By simply written, I mean it’s a screenplay which will be a movie by the way, starring Shailene Woodley (good casting there) and some other dude from the Divergent movie that plays Caleb Prior, Ansel Elgort(who?). I’m doing my usual digressing here. The writing is simple and to the point. Not that I’ve read Nicholas Sparks novels (and don’t plan on it), but I’m sure it’s safe to say this is nothing like that. That’s not to say that this is bad story telling. There are a lot of great quotes in this here novel. If I could figure out how to look at everything I’ve highlighted in this novel on my Kindle, I’d share some of them. And by great, I also mean cheesy.
I’m not going to lie. I got emotional towards the end. This is no surprise when I get engaged with a novel that I enjoy. Usually I fist pump or go” WTF, are you kidding me?” to myself. This was more of a sentimental feeling. There were other parts where I grinned, chuckled, and laughed. No. I didn’t cry but I did find myself getting emotional towards the end. And the end…
When a main character dies (this is no spoiler, I did mention this is about two cancer patients), it should have ended. However, Mr. Green felt the need to extend it. I consider it an epilogue. He considered it adding more chapters and not calling it said epilogue.
If you’re a romantic at heart, you can do no wrong with “Fault.” It’s sweet and endearing. The protagonists aren’t too pretentious and mouthy unlike the movie “Juno;” I had to turn off that movie because I hate the Ellen Page’s character. I don’t know what characterizes “chick lit ( a term which I find offensive but that’s another story),” but if I had to guess, I think I just read one for young adults. Okay?