The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel is a sixteen-year-old with a terminal cancer, undergoing treatment that prolongs her life. She’s tired of going to support group whose leader is all about “living our best life, today”. In one of the sessions Augustus Waters, a teenage boy who had lost a leg but was free from cancer, joins the group. As Augustus comes closer to Hazel, she pushes him away, not wanting to scar him when she inevitably passes away.
The overall plot is decent. The author did show me well enough everyone’s conditions, their limitations in every day activities, like Augustus not being the best driver because of his leg. However, something felt quite artificial while reading. The dialogues were unusual. In a way, the dialogues converged into nihilism so often, it felt like it was a monotone author rather than the characters having their own voice.
Hazel and Augustus are sixteen-years-old, but it feels as if their minds are decades older. Their way-of-speaking and articulation is a barrier to me immersing myself in the story. And that’s a shame—I’m unable to empathise with them or their love because they are simply puzzle pieces that the author plays around to fit inside the book.
Not wanting to sound too harsh, I should be clearer. It’s not a bad novel. I managed to read through it with mild curiosity. It’s enjoyable, but at the same time, there is a lot of untapped potential. In fact, I’ve rated this 3/5 stars on Goodreads. Since this book is a best-selling novel, I’m really eager to hear feedback/opinions from my own readers, and whether you guys think differently about this.
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Book: The Fault in Our Stars
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Book Review: Jeremy Mifsud
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