Book Review — The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Someone handed this to me on the plane, and I had heard of it, so I said why the hell not and gave it a go.

It’s a page-turner for sure, which I finished in one sitting since it’s such a short book. An easy read that’s conversational enough in tone and structure that you power right though.

However, it definitely was one of those books like The Hunger Games where you never feel as if anything will more will be gained by a re-read. The author held nothing back, as if they just sat down and wrote the book without thinking about it first or developing any sort of backstory.

I’m used to world-building, and while I wasn’t expecting the same level of it here as in Fantasy, the lack of it was a huge turn-off.

It makes me realize why so many people I know are shocked when I tell them that I re-read books. If I read stuff like this more often, I probably wouldn’t re-read much either.

There were more than a few out-of-character remarks that felt like the author waving his hands and yelling “look how clever I am!” It’s not so much a novel as John Green sitting across from himself and having a conversation.

In conclusion, do it if you have a few hours to kill and someone hands it to you, but don’t run to the bookstore because it’s really not that great of a book.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review — The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. I agree with you on the “look how clever I am” part. I haven’t told any of my friends who are fans of the books my thoughts on it yet. I did enjoy The Hunger Games (save the last book- ending especially) and I have reread it. I also reread books and I too get the same surprised reaction from people.

    • Glad we see eye-to-eye on those things! I didn’t care much for the Hunger Games, for partly the same reasons as here. There wasn’t much depth to the story, especially compared to what I’m used to.

      What have you recently re-read that you enjoyed?

      • I still need to pick up ELLA ENCHANTED. I’m in the middle of re-reading THE HOBBIT by speaking it aloud, a bit every night, as a bedtime story. Quite fun, since it feels like a story meant to be enjoyed that way.

      • Just to let you know the movie Ella Enchanted suck so much. The book was 10, 20 times better.
        The movie sucked so hard.

      • Let’s just put it this way, I have seen lots of book to movie adaptations. I would put this movie in the top 5 worst adaptations.

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