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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

YA Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  (5 out 5)
Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a contemporary novel about the effects of cancer through the lives of young adults. I picked this book up back when it came out and decided it was time to re-read it so I can properly review it! So without further adieu, here is my review on The Fault in Our Stars! 

The Plot
The Fault in Our Stars follows the story of Hazel and Augustus as they meet, fall in love, and move on. The plot is compelling, lovely, and heart wrenching all put together that makes such an amazing story. It fills you up with so many emotions that you sometimes have to put it down and think long and hard about the lives we live.
Its thought provoking and speaks on issues that we would not normally talk about. It truly makes you feel like we need to do more with the lives were given while we can, because at a moments notice they can get taken away from us.  

The Writing
John Green takes you on an emotional roller coaster with his story. The way he makes you feel sorrow, happiness, joy, and frustration is a true testament to his writing abilities. He mixes serious issues with humorous dialogue of his characters. He is able to tell a story that not only makes you feel immense emotions but also leaves you thinking long and hard about life.
He knows how to portray death and dying in a realistic manner which reflects in his writing style. There were no corny or awkward dialogues that left me rolling my eyes, and I genuinely like every single character which not a lot of writers can pull off!

The Characters
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Hazel Grace, the fighter. She has all the qualities of a great character. She is genuine, funny, realistic, and optimistic. When she meets Augustus everything changes in her. She no longer stays cooped up on the couch reading and watching trashy reality tv. She knows she has cancer but goes on with her life and doesn't let her cancer be what runs her life. She falls in love like a normal teenage girl and shares amazing experiences with a boy she loves and cares for.
Augustus Waters, the witty. He is the light in  dark room. He has the ability to turn every situation into a positive one even in the face of death. Knowing that Hazel has a terminal cancer he still falls in love with her and together they experience and grow as human beings. He is the wit to her sarcasm, and the light to a dark situation. Without Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace would not have learned how to love, how to lose, and how to not let cancer become her life.

The Cover
The Fault in Our Stars cover is simplistically lovely. With a light blue background, we get the title and author in clouds with a cool font. It is so simple yet so refreshing. They weren't any cover models used and neither were there any stars used! There were no faults in the cover, and it doesn't take away from the beautiful story inside.

Let me know what you thought of The Fault in Our Stars in the comments below! I don't think a book has made me cry the same way this one did. Did that happen to you guys as well? 

See ya next time,
- Jesse Nicholas

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog.

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