Sunday, 20 April 2014

bookworm #25

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A little while ago I was signed off work for a few days and needed something to take my mind off things - my current read just wasn't hooking me (Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - anyone read?) and when buying a few bits in Sainsburys I picked up this. I'd seen a bit of a buzz surrounding it, but knew nothing about the story line or even what genre it was. Now I've read the book and know a bit more about it, I keep seeing it everywhere! They've made a film adaptation which will be hitting British cinemas in June this year. 

The Fault in Our Stars is a story about a girl, Hazel, who meets a boy, Gus. The truth is Hazel has cancer, and they meet at a support group. Gus is a cancer survivor with something to show for it - a prosthetic leg. This tells their story, and boy is a rollercoaster of emotions! As always, there are no spoilers here, merely a recommendation. I really enjoyed this read, and whizzed through it in a brief three days, something of a record for me! I loved Hazel's obsession with An Imperial Affliction, a story that somewhat mirrors her own, and her search to find the author to complete the ending for her. This is not a rosy, idealistic account of a cancer-sufferer - it is sad, raw, frustrating... and lovely, all at once. It shows that sometimes life (and its actors) is a bitch. Prepare to shed a little tear, folks.

Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? I'll be interested to see how the film turns out, and whether they Hollywood-ise it at all. It really isn't that kind of story. Let's see!



  1. I thought The Fault In Our Stars was a great read - I sped through it too! Loved how unidealised the story was. Have you seen the movie trailer? It made me shed a tear, I admit...

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  2. I've downloaded it on my kindle ready to be read. Hoping I don't cry too much!

    Cat at OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

  3. I love this book, I read it in about 3 days too! Can't wait for the film to come out
    Daniella x

  4. I loved this book, brought this and 'The Shock of the Fall' together - loved them both - highly recommend xx

  5. I'd heard the buzz around this book and I thought it was going to be another that didn't live up to my expectations at all but I absolutely loved it! I thought the way it was written was so clever and different :)


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