24 January 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Green is a magnificent writer and human being, and that's the long and short of it. It takes a lot for me to be emotionally moved by a book, but this one had me choked up more than a few times.

It's hard to not make a book that's about illness and disease and cancer and disappointment fun and worthwhile, but John Green pulls it off quite well. It's not like his other books, which is a good thing, but it follows a girl dying of cancer and the people in her lives, including a teenager who lost his leg to cancer. Just heartbreaking across the board as is, and the characters are genuinely good people trying to get by and you just pull for them. It's great.

This is a great, great book. Everyone should pick this one up, because it's that well done. It's powerful without losing its subtlety, it's topical without being preachy. It's hard to toe that line, and this is just a beautiful piece of work.

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