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READER ð DOC The Fault in Our Stars ã Despite the tumor shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years Hazel has never been anything but terminal her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group Hazel's story is about to be completely rewriOur Stars is award winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet brilliantly exploring the funny thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love As seen on The ReadventurerThe Fault in Our Stars currently has a rating of 474 on Goodreads almost everyone I know has given it 5 stars therefore I'm certain no one would want to read my sour musings except me and maybe a couple of other like minded and unimpressedWhat I'd love to know is this what makes a writer undertake the topic of cancer So much has already been written about it so many Lifetime movies filmed so many tears shed It literally has been done to death What new did John Green have to bring to the cancer tableThe way I see it nothing Having your terminally sick characters be ironic about their illnesses and swap cancer jokes isn't groundbreakingThe Fault in Our Stars isn't a bad book but it's a standard cancer book and sadly a standard John Green book with standard John Green humor and standard John Green characters speaking in the very same John Green voice You have a witty and intelligent protagonist this time 2 Hazel and Augustus a female and male versions of MilesuentinColin a funny slightly pathetic sidekick Isaac another version of HassanChipMarcus a mysterious unhinged girl Gus's dead ex AlaskaMargo clone and of course the signature ROAD TRIP I can't help but recognize these people and this plot I've read all of Green's novelsI understand why so many readers would have such an emotional response to the book Nothing will get the ladies crying uicker than a kid dying of cancer Add in some long farewells painkillers eulogies and funerals you can collect buckets of tears But IMO here Green aims for the most obvious the most easily accessible emotions for the most typical life lessons And for all Green's attempts to be subversive and to make fun of cancer cliches inspirational uotes heroic cancer survivors etc he ended up writing about exactly the same things Frankly I think The Fault in Our Stars is Green's weakest work to date weaker even than half baked Zombicorns Because this unlike his earlier works feels commercial and intentionally tearjerky and insincere It will probably sell the most copies

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Ous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group Hazel's story is about to be completely rewrittenInsightful bold irreverent and raw The Fault in At age twenty two John Green worked as a student chaplain in a children's hospital Let's take a moment and consider all the implications of that and why he is making a colossal understatement when he described the experience as devastating That was about twelve years ago and Green has said in interviews that because of this experience he's spent twelve years trying to write a book about kids with cancer not poster children of strength and courage and illness granted wisdom but real kids and their families and friends who have to cope with the fact that they will die young All novels are personal but Green's novels seem to me to be especially so But this one is personal in a different way With this novel Green isn't trying to exorcize the memory of the girl who stomped on his heart in high school This goes deeper than high school romance and Manic Pixie Dream Girl angst This is about life death illness love heroism and how a sixteen year old is supposed to deal with the fact that she will die and leave everyone she loves behind Maybe it's just because I've been watching vlogbrothers videos for four years and feel like I'm actually acuainted with John Green but this is the most deeply personal novel I've ever read This is not as Hazel Lancaster might say a Cancer Book None of the cancer patients in this story have a wisdom beyond their years and they do not stoically accept the fact that they will die or fight heroically Hazel Lancaster a terminal sixteen year old who has to carry an oxygen tank everywhere because my lungs suck at being lungs is refreshingly real not manic not a pixie not a dream girl She reads Great Books and watches America's Next Top Model marathons Augustus Waters her amputee friend wants desperately to leave a lasting impression on the world and philosophizes about heroism and his favorite book is a novelization of a video game can I say how much I love that an author can establish a character's intelligence without telling us that they love reading Austen yes Stephenie Meyer I'm looking at you Everything here is real especially the diseases There isn't any bullshit about dying gracefully here because cancer is ugly and unpleasant and Green makes you feel Hazel's lungs struggling to breathe and the pain and see the vomit and urine Remember how in A Walk to Remember Mandy Moore has been secretly dying of leukemia the whole time but looks great even on her deathbed Nicholas Sparks can fuck right off for that insult to real cancer patients Most importantly Hazel and Augustus are not defined by their cancer It consumes their lives but it doesn't define them On every page it's clear this is a story told by someone who hasn't known just one person with cancer but has seen a multitude of children with terminal diseases and has tried to find some way to comfort them and their families It's for that reason that I don't feel like I can review this like a normal book John Green didn't write this story for me and so I don't feel like I have any place saying that it's amazing and beautiful and heartbreaking And I certainly can't criticize any of its minor faults All I can say really is that you have to read this for yourself and go from there Okay you guys know me better than that I have one big complaint which I will describe here and all I ask is that you remember that I still gave this five stars Augustus Waters in the first few chapters comes off as a pretentious douche When Hazel first meets him at a cancer support group they're talking afterwards and Augustus takes out a cigarette and puts it in his mouth Hazel who you'll recall is dying because her lungs cannot function freaks out even though you HAD FREAKING CANCER you give money to a company in exchange for the chance to acuire YET MORE CANCER Augustus explains that he doesn't smoke the cigarettes he just puts them in his mouth no really because They don't kill you unless you light themAnd I've never lit one It's a metaphor see you put the killing thing right between your teeth but you don't give it the power to do its killing Augustus I love you but you're full of shit right there Notice how he didn't address Hazel's perfectly valid point that by buying cigarettes Augustus is giving money to the people who cause cancer Because here's the thing you can say to a cigarette company I'm buying your cigarettes as a metaphor but I won't light them so I'm taking away their power and they'll stop listening at I'm buying your cigarettes because that's all they care about And it's a shit metaphor in any case you can walk around a mall with a shotgun and explain to people that because it's unloaded you've taken away its power but you're still going to get arrested So that was annoying as was Augustus's general air of overly charming pretentious skeeziness in the beginning But I forgive him for it because lest we forget he is seventeen If his character was twenty two he'd be the most obnoxious jackass on the planet but because he's just a kid I was willing to forgive him Still hate the cigarette thing though

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The Fault in Our StarsDespite the tumor shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years Hazel has never been anything but terminal her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis But when a gorge EMOTIONAL BLACKMAILYou will cry because this is VERY sadSo a discussion occurred in my head after I rated the book view spoilerA voice in my head Come on You can't post that on Goodreads Me glares Why not A voice in my head aka VH Please don't You will ruin your reputation Me weary Not that again VH Well it's true You can't post that It's just not okay Do you have any idea how popular this book is Hint YOU CAN'T EVEN GUESSMe Why should I care Maybe some people think like meVH You don't understand It's not just random book that you can critize like you do all the time and just get away with it This is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS And it's John Green Believe me you do NOT want to get in the way of those crazy fans nerdfighters or whatever it is they call themselves Me Really what the fuck do I care I want to give this 3 stars It's not like I'm giving it 1 star or something VH But why would you even do that in the first place EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE in your friend list gave it 5 stars And they used so many sobbing gifs Really it made me cry a little just looking at them Me staresVH It won the Goodreads award for best YAMe So Fifty Shades won Best Romance VH It's got one of the highest general ratings for a book on GoodreadsMe Nobody but the Goodreads community actually cares And wait I'm not even sure the Goodreads community actually cares I know I don'tVH You're such a cold hearted bitch Why would you give it only 3 stars anyway Don't you have a heart And why 3 stars I know you really loved the book deep down Me I didn't I mean I liked it it was okay but I didn't love it It's I mean Oh fuck it It's overrated There I said it Sue me VH seethes You did NOT just say that Me I did Because it is Come on did you read the dialogues in this Can we talk about the dialogues I want to talk about the dialoguesVH crosses arms Go ahead I want examplesMe Fine I'll start with the popular uotes You know what I'm talking about The uotes which are totally overrated and everyone loves them and they create pics and stuff when really if you think about the uote in itself Well you realize that it just you know sucks VH mumbles How 'bout you suckMe What was that Actually forget it I don't give a shit Listen to this “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations” VH So It's beautifulMe Welltries really hard to refrain from laughing I mean Seriously Like fails miserably HAHAHAHA how pretentious can you get Comparing your thoughts to stars REALLYVH You're so shallow Some of us have deep thoughts you know Like thoughts so deep they actually deserve to be compared to the firmament I don't even want to explain to you how poetic this is because I'd waste my time Me Save yourself the effort I don't mind And I've got another example Probably my favoriteThat's the thing about pain It demands to be felt VH What now You're gonna say that it's so pretentious it made you cryMe Precisely nods wisely Because that's the thing about tears They demand to be wet Or that's the thing about food It demands to be eaten Or that's the thing aboutVH SHUT UP I get it There's no discussion with you How am I supposed to discuss with someone who's got the intellectual depth of an empty oysterMe But come on I'm not finished yet What about Augustus and his unlit cigarette“They don’t kill you unless you light them” he said “And I’ve never lit one It’s a metaphor see You put the killing thing right between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing” Me Is this supposed to be smart This is pathetic It's terrible it's not funny and it's not deep VH hisses It's a metaphorMe I know“It’s a metaphor” I said dubious “It’s a metaphor” he said“You choose your behaviors based on their metaphorical resonances” I said“Oh yes” He smiled “I’m a big believer in metaphor Hazel Grace” Me Can you say metaphor again Say metaphor one time Go ahead say it I think John Green hasn't totally forced it down my throat yet hysterical yelling LET'S SAY IT AGAIN Metaphor Everything is a METAPHORVH What's your point you freakMe My point is the dialogues are horrible It made my eyes burn It's pretentious and unbelievable AND besides you can totally see that John Green loves the charactersVH What author doesn't like the characters of their own bookMe It's not the same With John Green It's like he adores himself I bet you anything he re reads his own books Just to see exactly how awesome they are VH What You don't know that You cannot possibly say that How dare you talk about him like you know himMe You know in the audio version of The Fault in Our Stars at the end there's an interview with him And he explicitly says that he just LOVES listening to the audio versions of his books So thereVH What No You're wrong He doesn't mean like he loves it when someone reads him his own books That's not what he meant AT ALL It's a misunderstanding What he meant was he loves listening to the the reading lady Because she has such a sweet voice and everything Me Are you kidding me He's in love with himself Augustus is just an hologram An empty shell Seriously his monologues are laughable I couldn't even focus I kept thinking of John Green while reading Because Augustus is just SO witty so smart so perfect cough cough wish fulfillment helloVH I am so not convincedMe There's this whole repetition thing too I cannot believe how all the characters of his books look alike How come it works every SINGLE time How many books are out there now 4 5 More surely It's always the SAME THING Geeky and nerdy narrator geekier and nerdier sidekick mysterious but unbelievable girl random plot that doesn't even make sense road trip Come the fuck on You know what The fact that people aren't getting tired of him and his stupid same characters is the real uestionVH But this book is uniue The way it deals with cancer and death It's so beautiful You cannot possibly say it isn'tMe That's what disturbed me the most Look What I want to say is not every death is glorious Not every death is epic and not every death will glow like a star in the eternal twilight sky Most of the time deaths are random plain and the world is cold and uncaring and that's how it is And that's what's terrible You don't need to be a hero you don't need to defy death the way Augustus pretends to you don't need to lose yourself in unbelievable speeches to have people cry over your death The book is just TOO much VH You know about them being unbelievable when they talk You seem to forget something Augustus and Hazel ARE different They're uniue so they talk different That's what it's all aboutMe They're not different they don't exist They can't exist Honestly I don't think this was a good tribute to the kids who are really sick Because no one talks like that NO ONE and I feel like now there's this messed up hierarchy between the sick kids who are sort of smart ass and those who aren't And I refuse that I can't accept that Being ironic jaded detached and all metaphorical over the disease is a luxury that genuinely sick teenagers cannot afford So fuck this And I'd rather kneel before a kid who has cancer and who doesn't know what a metaphor is than shed a tear over one of Augustus's stupid monologuesVH You liar I know you cried while you read the book You were a sobbing messMe I wasn't I was a sobbing mess at the end of Before I Die And oh my God I couldn't even speak after I finished A Monster Calls because I was crying so hard Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had me in tears too These are all gorgeous books that deal with cancer And I cried like a bitch every single time and they broke my heart But this I didn't cryVH You did and you know it Especially at THIS special momentMe looks away I don't know what you're talking aboutVH You cried when Hazel asked her mom if she would still be a mom after her deathMe Fine okay I cried I know Okay I know But look That's precisely the point That's what I call emotional blackmail Because I DARE YOU not to cry over that discussion Because it's a universal fear Whether you're a mom or a daughter or both if you have a sister even you must have thought about that already and told yourself Okay if I die or if she dies Who will I be If my sister dies and I'm asked whether I have a sibling what should I say Am I still a sister because she existed once Or if you have a child and then one day your baby dies What happens then Are you still a parent Are you still a parent because once you used to be a parent and because there's a room upstairs that used to be your child's I dare you to think about it and not end up crying I took it as a betrayal from John Green because I feel like he didn't play fair OF COURSE talking about a child's death in this peculiar way will make the reader cry But it's so easy It doesn't reuire any talent Just ask anyone to talk about that and they'll be tearing up in 5 seconds Do you understand what I'm trying to say I feel like he was like I'm gonna make them cry and all the while I was reading I swear I could hear him ARE YOU SAD YET ARE YOU HEARTBROKEN YET DO YOU SEE HOW INCREDIBLY UPSETTING MY STORY IS I KNOW RIGHT I AMAZE MYSELF SOMETIMESVH But Me No look Writing like that it's not incredible it's not magical and it's not valuable It's playing with people's weaknesses It's manipulating people into crying And I can't respect him with that the way I respect people who manage to make me cry without using such poor plot devices Like in Me and Earl and The Dying Girl There's a cancer book that really took me by surprise Because Rachel the sick girl is everything but admirable She's young a bit shallow nice shy plain normal really And her neighbor who befriends her he doesn't fall in love with her And her death won't be remembered like something that scarred humanity because it didn't Ultimately it didn't even matter at all And I could relate easily to that to the meaningless dimension of her death to the emptiness of it all than I could ever relate to the ridiculous speeches of Augustus and Hazel's too for that matter Because you know what bothered me too They're indistinct VH That's because they're soul mates That's the whole point of the book They found themselves in each otherMe It doesn't work to say they're soul mates Look I read the book almost a year ago I think And this“I’m in love with you and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things I’m in love with you and I know that love is just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have and I am in love with you” Me This is beautiful granted It's also unrealistic that a teenager would ever say that let alone improvize it but whatever it's pretty But the thing is I am completely unable to say whether it's Augustus or Hazel who says that I don't know I have no idea I try to recognize the style but I can't tell BECAUSE THEY TALK EXACTLY THE SAMEVH Me So yeah I didn't love the book and I am not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things; I didn't love the book and I know this review might be just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable and that we're all doomed to another John Green book about an unbelievable loser and his even loser sidekick loving an unbelievable teenage girl and that there will come a day when maybe he will change his writing formula and maybe that'll come when the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have but then it'll be too late so who cares I didn't love this bookVH suspiciously silentMe Are we doneVH FINE Ugh Okay Waves white flag I surrenderMe Yes clicks save review hide spoiler