Book 43 is a book that many people know, especially if you are under the age of 25 or work with teenager. Fault in Our Stars is a book by John Green and is famous among teenage girls because it is a tragic love story. It has also been made into a movie, which I watched last year so I kind of knew what was going to happen in the book. So my thoughts and feelings on this book…does everyone know what the book is about? The book is about Hazel, a teen girl who is dying slowly because her lungs don’t work right (she actually has cancer that cause her lungs not to work correctly). One day Hazel meets Augustus and they go on this journey together to love. But the universe as the last word, and tragedy strikes. Now if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, I don’t want to spoil what happens. It isn’t what you think, that is for sure.
Now for my thoughts on the book. I have a small problem with how the teens talk in the book. It is a little mature for a teen in this age and day. Not saying that there aren’t teens out there that are super smart and do talk with a maturity that sadly many adult don’t talk with, but in Green’s book all the teens talk with a higher vocabulary then teens today. I am a teacher, I teach high school English and some of the most intelligent of my students (and I have taught higher level students) do not talk like this on a regular basis. This just really bugged me as a teacher. Not only that but a lot of the things brought up by characters such a mathematical equations and the philosophical questions I do believe are beyond a lot of teens thought process. Again, I am not saying that teens aren’t smart, but these kinds of things are not in the spectrum of teen consciousness and I feel like a good amount of it would go over their heads. Heck, some of it went over my head, mostly the mathematical stuff.
Now the characters themselves. Augustus was a little much for me in the way that he acts. I say that as my teenager self. If I was a teen and I met him, then I would’ve been insulted by some of his behavior. As an adult and my husband having some of the same boldness that Augustus has and I find it endearing now. I will say I wish I got a surprise trip to Amsterdam. Hazel, for me, was so realistic. What she feels and how she deals with everything around her, yeah she was my favorite.
Now, speaking of Amsterdam, my last book was about two friends trip around Europe. They did visit Amsterdam and it was filled with pot and sex. This book shows the city as something more historic and beautiful, which I really like.
Now, final thought about my pick. This was a quick read for me and a cute read. It was also a really sad read. Yes, I did cry, even though I tried to fight it because I didn’t want a book to get the best of me again. I am a sucker for good books even if they make me cry. All in all, good book. Now one to the next book for me.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.