I am sure that you have either read or decided not to read The Fault in our Stars by now, so I’m just going to tell you that I loved it and let you know what I loved.
The first thing I loved was Gus. Augustus Waters is one of those characters that just makes you smile from the outside in. His humor is sarcastic but never cruel, and he is always the first one to make fun of himself in an effort to give his friends a laugh. He also doesn’t hesitate to say the most wonderfully romantic and poetic things to the girl he loves, and the mushy female in me can’t help but melt because of that.
Hazel Grace was just as likable as Gus. She was a bit more jaded because of her illness, but where you may expect her to be angry because she was sick, her cynicism came more from being gawked at and treated differently because she was sick.
both characters were stronger and wiser than they should have had to be at their age, but that strength and wisdom coupled with the innocence and joy that only people of a certain age can seem to experience, was just beautiful to read. The kids in this novel may be dying of cancer, but the story isn’t about them dying, it’s about how they lived.
Whenever I talk to anyone about this book, I always say, “I cried so hard towards the end of the book that I had a headache for two days, but it was worth every tear” and that is still the truth. I also laughed a lot more than I cried and learned a little bit about myself too. No, this book does not have a happy ending, but it is a very happy journey. I could never recommend anyone read this because it’s just not the type of book that everyone will enjoy. You have to be in a certain head space when you read it too. If you decide you want to find out what all the fuss is about, then all I can say is make sure you are ready to fall in love with every single character in this story, have lots and lots of tissues handy once you get close to the end, and give yourself time to read it at your own pace. You can’t rush through this book and get the most out of it, you have to slow down and enjoy the smallest details, not because it is difficult to read, but because you will miss something beautiful if you rush. In fact, this is a very easy book to read, and that is part of its charm. It is effortlessly beautiful.
I would recommend this book to–well no one and everyone. You know about the book, and you know if you would like it or not. If you are afraid that this book is depressing, then I can ease your mind. This is a Joyful and romantic with a sad yet lovely ending. Read it, and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Because of language and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.