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Vika's YA Fiction Review: The Fault in Ours Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Synopsis from Goodreads

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 rewritten.

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I’m sure that The Fault in Our Stars needs no introduction. It made a big splash a few years back when it was first published, won a bunch of awards and lots more praising reviews from many of its readers. Furthermore, it is now going to be a major motion picture event which will increase its audience exponentially. So, excuse me if I’m trying to “sell” you on a book that’s been pushed at you so many times before, but I would be wrong if I didn’t tell you how truly terrific it was.

In fact, The Fault in Our Stars surprised me. I didn’t expect or thought I would enjoy it as much as I had, but I was curious enough to give it a chance, of which I’m glad. John Green delivers a beautifully poignant tale of teenage love, existentialism, and so much more. So don’t discount it simply as another tearjerker, about two cancer-stricken kids in love. The Fault in Our Stars is more than that; it is about living and experiencing life, even if only for a short moment, but then isn’t it always just a matter of time?

“What a slut time is. She screws everybody."

The Fault in our Stars tells a story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient. While attending her Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player, who’ve battled a cancer of his own, and is now in remission. Augustus is honest and open; he wants to experience life, to live and feel, while Hazel, seeing herself as a ticking time bomb, shelters herself, minimizing the impact of the impending outcome of her disease. But, with charm and persistence, Augustus slowly wins Hazel’s attention and later love; their love story begins to unfold with a shared passion for a book…

I wish I could come up with something profound and grand to tell you, but words escape me. I’m floored and touched by the emotional impact this book delivers. By it’s simple beauty. It is sad, angry, romantic, and cheerful, humorous, courageous, desperate and maybe even corny at times, but perfect in so many ways. The Fault in Our Stars doesn’t shy away from the ugly side of the disease, but also manages to find humor and light – excelling at this intricate balancing act.

But as much as I loved this story and want to praise John Green’s writing talent, I don’t think this book is for everyone. Don’t expect a HEA – you have to embrace the eventuality of Hazel’s condition, even if it happens outside the “world” of The Fault in Our Stars. I know that many readers, myself included, yearn to know and want to be assured that the accepted Hollywood HEA comes, but there is a different lesson to learn here, and perhaps it’s more honest and important, than any “fairytale” could be…


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Я уверена, что Виноваты Звезды не нуждается в представлении. Это достаточно нашумевшая и популярная книга. Кроме того, уже этим летом она будет экранизирована, что, без сомнения, привлечет новую публику. Так что, спешу принести свои извинения если вы устали слушать многочисленные рекомендации на этот счет. Но я сама себе не простила если бы не рассказала вам насколько замечателен и трогателен этот роман и что его без сомнения стоит прежде всего читать.

Честно признаюсь, я сама удивлена тем, насколько мне понравился роман Виноваты Звезды. Он меня удивил, так как я редко читаю подобные книги. Но Джон Грин поистине мастер своего дела, сумевший создать трогательную историю, совмещающую в себе опыт первой любви и вопросы экзистенциализма.
Виноваты Звезды рассказывает о Хейзел Грейс Ланкастер, шестнадцатилетней девушке, неизлечимо больной раком. Хейзел предпочитает уединение, но ее родители настаивают что Хейзел нужно общение и поддержка сверстников. По их просьбе Хейзел посещает группу поддержки детей больных раком, где она знакомится с Августом Уотерсом, симпатичным экс- баскетболистом, который тоже перенес рак и теперь находится в стадии ремиссии. Августа привлекает Хейзел, и у них возникает дружба, постепенно перерастающая в любовь...

Что вам сказать? Эта книга полна эмоций: тут есть печаль, и гнев, романтика, и юмор, отчаяние и даже немного банальности - но все эти эмоции в прекрасном балансе. Джон Грин бесстрашно описывает уродливую сторону болезни, которая безразборчива в выборе своих жертв. В то же время роман пронизан юмором и светом любви - опять же превосходный баланс. В общем, читайте! Не пожалеете.

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