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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Read in Years, January 10, 2012
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I've read a lot of books, but this is one of my all time favorites; that's not something I can say about very many books. I'll make it simple; I'm a fifteen year old teenage boy. When I usually read a book, I toss it aside and move on to the next one. And, like most teenage boys, I am not very emotional. At the end of this book, I cried. Not just a few tears either; I was full on bawling my eyes out. That's how good this book is. I promise you, unless you have a heart of stone, you will love this book.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2012 4:16:10 AM PST
You seem like a wise young man, Alex (and even though I had already purchased the book and was planning to read it soon, your review made me even more excited to do so!).

As a 41 yr old woman, I (obviously) been 15 yrs old (yet, as a girl, unlike you fellas, I was pretty emotional and still am!), plus, I've dated 15/16 yr old boys (my first "real boyfriend" was sophomore yr of HS) - we were both 15 going on 16, when we started dating. And besides the personal experience of being able to relate to you, I also taught Middle/HS Health Ed to 8th, 10th and 12th Graders for about 5 yrs. So I've also gotten to know and like tons of "kids" your age (or perhaps I should say,
"young men and women" your age, though "kid" is just an expression, as I call all of my under 30 yr old friends "kids" :) , and, of course, dislike a few.

I just want to say that while I don't expect you to cry at every "chick-flick" or even other things that trigger more women to cry than men, the fact that a book moved you so much that you actually "bawled your eyes out" says A LOT about this book, not to mention how incredibly refreshing it is to hear. So as a 41 yr old woman who grew up with a father who NEVER cried (well, unless you count the 3 or so tears I saw him shed at his father's funeral) and several boyfriends, who all cried very little, except for one of them (the one I was closest to and was a "soulmate" of sorts, even though we didn't end up together) I just want to encourage you to keep crying if you "feel like it" - in other words, don't hold back, just because you were told your whole young life that "big boys don't cry." Being able to cry makes you a real man in the eyes of many women - it's sexy. Yet, with that said, you probably might not hear the following a lot: while many women claim to want a "sensitive" man, most of us probably don't want chronic criers, or those who cry more often than we do, as we like to feel "protected" (yikes - a bunch of feminists just dropped to the floor, lol; however, crying at sad movies books can be extremely cathartic, and it's mentally, as well as physiclly keep it up, and don't ever suprress that part of yourself, even if society pressures you to do so. It will most likely make you a better husband and father; in other words, a better man in most every way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 3:57:29 PM PDT
Mrs.Wade says:
I think out of all of the reviews I have just read, yours is the one that has made me decide to try out this book. Thanks Alex F.!

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 9:54:17 AM PDT
Magpie says:
Your review makes me now want to read this book! Although i am a girl, i read most books boys would read; therefore your review was very helpful

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 1:10:44 PM PDT
Capricorn says:
This was the best review ever! Short and said all I needed to hear. I'll start reading it tonight. :) Thanks Alex!

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 5:11:22 PM PDT
Vin Joseph says:
Read the first few parts here in Amazon (using their "Look Inside" feature). Then I scrolled down and saw your review, this makes me want to download the ebook version. Thanks Alex!

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 7:41:30 PM PST
Christina H. says:
I didn't like this book. So does that mean i have a heart of stone? Btw I'm a 13 year old girl.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:20:47 PM PST
No, not at all. You have a rebellious nature, as did I, when I was your age, and as did my daughter 12 years ago. It's okay; you're entitled. As for your heart, I'm sure it melts at the sight of a puppy or kitten or any other baby animal. You're probably a softie but for different reasons. Cheers!

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Posted on Dec 15, 2013 8:01:50 PM PST
The Fault In Our Stars is by far one of my favorite novels as well. It is extremely heartfelt and thoughtful. The story leaves readers with a new perspective on teen romances and truly touches others. The novel is unlike any other teen love story and keep readers on the edge of their seats. Alex, when you said, "Unless you have a heart of stone, you will love this book," I completely agree with you. The book brings out the emotional side of readers and actually makes them feel something. John Green has definitely raised the bar high for more teen romances I will read in the future. The Fault In Our Stars is honestly one of the best books I have ever read.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 7:21:39 PM PST
Amy says:
Just bought it today, this makes me want to start reading it ASAP :)
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