reread on may 3, 2017
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
please, please don’t kill me
i just didn’t really like this book. maybe it was the fact that my opinion of it was influenced by so many other opinions for high expectations, and i was just let down all over again.
the fault in our stars ( we’ll just say tfios ) attempts to be a contemporary novel/ tearjerker. and it also falls short at doing so. although there were just a few quotes that tugged my heartstrings, there were many unnecessary scenes and so much dialogue that wasn’t needed. in fact, if i took out the lines that i didn’t need, i could have shortened the book to 150 pages from 318. that’s how boring it was.
for the first half of this novel, i found myself expecting to give it about a 4 star rating. as i continued, literally, i found it extremely difficult to continue to read on, and at some point, i even wanted to just stop reading and give up. as the book dragged on, so much unnecessary words were added, and it made a book that was half rambling.
another issue i had with this novel, why do teenagers sound like dumbledore??? i did not understand. hazel and gus’s words were so old-school and unrealistic. although it’s nice to see complicated dialogue here and there, please make it realistic. i’m an occasional contemporary reader, and the one thing that i only appreciate is the realistic feel of love and longing that differs from fantasy. and this book disappoints me in that way. these kids are teenagers. they have not been living for hundreds of years. please stop making it seem like they have.
i think that john green tried to make this book to wise, and appeal to adult readers. i understand the urge, but this is a young adult book. unless you are trying to make it an adult book, stick to the humor. don’t try to be a wise-guy author.
i think that most people would agree that me, along others, are in the minority of the readers. i’ve seen reviews and newspapers all raving about this book, but maybe it’s because i had a stressful day or it’s just my brain, i didn’t enjoy this novel.
overall rating: 2.1/5 stars
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
^now you see what i mean
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