Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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greenI picked up this story with mixed feelings. On one side it is getting rave reviews, has been made into a movie, and lots of my friends are talking about it on Facebook. On the other side it is YA, and generally, I’m not a huge fan. I’m not really one for “drama” for drama’s sake. I don’t like overwrought books or authors trying to make me cry.

So.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

But.

It isn’t so good that I could recommend it to anyone older than 13.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, it is the story of Hazel (terminal lung cancer kid who has been given a bit of a chance at more years because of an experimental drug) and Gus (one legged cancer kid who we thought was in remission, but turns out, of course, isn’t) and their blossoming love.

I liked: Hazel isn’t an idiot. She isn’t just looking for a boyfriend. She has a nice relationship with her parents. Gus is of course crazy good looking but also charming and bright.

I didn’t like: The obviousness of the plot line – Hazel doesn’t want to date Gus because she thinks that he is recovered and she doesn’t want to be a “grenade” and destroy him when she dies. Of course, then Gus’ cancer comes back and he becomes her grenade and she has to learn that you don’t just not love people cause you might hurt them. Sigh. Predictable. And, really, not all that enlightening. I also found all the pretentious references to other works to be really boring and tedious. I get it, she’s well read for a 16 yr old. She’s sooooo interesting and quirky and totally the kind of girl that a super hot basketball player would fell for. Because of course, he’s a super hot former basketball player, because even “bookworm cancer girls” don’t fall for nerds.