Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This, I think, is my favourite John Green novel, overtaking the previous favourite Looking for Alaska. With an outer coating of teenage romance, underneath it deals with questions of guilt and responsibility, love and obligation, and life and death. Hazel wants to minimize the effect that her death will have on the world, so she hides away so that people won't be too sad when she dies. Augustus wants to make a difference in the world, live a meaningful life that people will point to after he's gone. They're both searching for answers from the world, a world that pretty much screwed them over, health-wise. Hazel, in her search for answers, has fixated on an ambiguous novel and is desperate to know what happens to the characters in the end. While I at times grew frustrated with her insistence that something happened to fictional characters after the book has ended, I realized that this child-like approach speaks to her own uncertain life and what happens once it has ended. I don't know if this counts as a spoiler or not, but I was not always dry-eyed while reading this book.
John Green is online. You should check it out.
This is John talking about signing all pre-ordered copies of the book:
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Six Months to Live by Lurlene McDaniel