Someone! Please! ANYONE! Give me a medal because I have read and survived `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green.
I´m serious. For years ( !! ) I´ve avoided this book like the plague. At first I avoided the book because of the hype. Dear sweet baby Jesus… I just dislike when someone ( or a million people ) try to shove books down my throat. The greater the hype, the less I´m interested.
Then I found out the book was a tool to make women sob uncontrollably. To put readers in a never-ending, bottomless pit of depression because the book is THAT sad.
Who wakes up in the morning and decides they want to have a good crying in the evening? Certainly not me.
But before I go ahead and tell you how I survived `The Fault In Our Stars` I think it would be wise to mention that I have seen the movie before I read the book. By accident. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. It wasn´t my fault.
You see, I like to watch TV before I hit the sack. I flip through channels and end up watching whatever until the ass crack of dawn. Well, I somehow managed to land on a channel and noticed I was watching something that clearly started a few minutes earlier without me. Okay, all was good.
Then, for whatever reason, I heard some catch phrases I remembered reading online. Catch phrases that struck a chord…. Before I knew it I was a so angry and a sobbing mess. I remember my husband coming out of the bedroom at 4 a.m. asking if someone in the family died. I remember him standing in the livingroom wearing his medieval PJ´s ( they´re truly ugly ) with a helpless look on his face. He asked if there was anything he could do. He asked why I didn´t just change the channel.
To be honest? That was the last thing on my mind in that moment. All I could do was cry. It was awful. I felt awful. The next day the husbutt brought flowers and chocolate and told me I needed help.
Never in my life did I cry as much as I did while watching a movie. Bah. It wasn´t a beautiful sad type of story. It was just brutally sad. I don´t like sad. I don´t do sad. I´m a happy person. WHY was the universe such a bitch that night?
Okay, fast forward a few years….
A friend of mine came over and gushed her undivided love for a book she read. I listened, curiously ( of course ) and then it hit me. `The Fault In Our Stars`. So, the universe truly hated me.
“Did you read it?” She asked with excitement.
“Nope. And I won´t read it. Not now, not ever.”
“But it´s a brilliant story.” She said.
“Brilliant? The fact that we have electricity… that´s brilliant. How water can turn to ice… That´s brilliant. That book…. It´s not entering this house.”
So…. to make a long story short…. We made a pact. She promised to read `Thoughtless` a book I´ve been trying to get her to read for ages and in return I promised I´d read `The Fault In Our Stars`. My friend had a point when she said the story couldn´t create more damage than it already had…. so….
For those who have no flipping clue about the book… Here´s the synopsis and after that I´ll willingly give my thoughts on the book.
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.
Remember that this is a case of I – saw – the – movie – before – I – read – the – book. And my final thoughts on the story? I should have stuck to my guns. I should have kept avoiding this story at all costs.
I expected a little more. More of what, I have no idea. But when you read a book and then watch the movie it´s always a case of the – book – is – better.
The books always have more depth and transfers emotions on a deeper level. For some odd reason, I didn´t feel the book was better ( or worse ) than the movie.
The book felt a little flat. A little too mushy for my taste.
Of course, the book was sad but I wasn´t the emotional mess I was after watching the movie. I wasn´t touched, as I should have been. Maybe it´s because I went against the natural book – then – movie order. Maybe maybe maybe….
All this doesn´t really matter because I´m still not convinced. The movie was sad and I´m not a fan of sad. The book wasn´t that sad.
Do you wanna know why I think the book wasn´t as sad?
The characters ruined the book. I struggled. Maybe it´s because I´ve long lost the mindset of a 16-year-old or maybe it was because the protagonist wasn´t my cup of tea. Whatever the reason, I just couldn´t. There was no character background for me to build a somewhat relationship with her. It´s true that I had no character background from the movie, either, but there hardly ever is a background story in movies. What a reader gets is also a truck load of über witty one liners that are supposed to show how Hazel deals with her life with thyroid cancer. Uuhm… I´ll pass. How do you connect with a character if you don´t know anything about her?
Enter Augustus. The boy Hazel falls for ( because one tragedy isn´t enough ). This character didn´t sit well with me, either.
As far as characters who suffer a great deal go, these were probably the worst, most pretentious beings that ever existed on paper. Very shallow, very unlikable.
This was a clear book problem. The characters in the movie were a lot more dramatic.
The writing, I must say, wasn´t for me, either. This was my first John Green read and I can´t say that I was blown out of my socks.
Overall, I wasn´t impressed with the book and the movie was awfully emotional.
Would I recommend this book? No. I´m sure there are people dying to have a proper cry evening at home, and I would recommend this read to those people. Everyone else? Nope.
Would I reread this book? No. It´s a miracle I even read it in the first place.
The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is actually the type I prefer to see. Very eye catchy )
The Story – 2 stars ( The core of the story isn´t too bad. It might not be what I would ever pick for an evening read but it´s okay. Add the characters and it´s not okay anymore )
The Characters – 1 star ( Not going there. )
My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.
I´m giving `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green 2 out of 5 stars
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