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Not bad, not great, not my favorite John Green novel,
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This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
I have been a fan of Green's novels since I read Looking for Alaska when I was 19, and had just graduated from high school the year before. Then I read An Abundance of Katherines (my favorite novel of his) and have since watched his videos and read every book he has written, including short stories and collaborations with other authors. Of course I was excited for this book and preordered a copy so I could finally have a book signed by him. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I feel like the older I get (I am now 25), the less I can believe Green's writing. I used to love the dialogue in his books but it has progressively gotten more and more obscure and less realistic. I understand style, I am educated and have of course taken many lit classes when I was in college, but he took a few too many liberties in this novel. I just couldn't believe in much of any of the conversations between Hazel and Augustus, I really didn't like the smoking as a metaphor. There were just too many things that were unrealistic. It is unfortunate because I wanted to love this book for so many reasons: my own health battles with my thyroid, my experience in high school when I lived in the Netherlands and traveled many times to Amsterdamm with my friends...there were so many things that I should have been able to relate to, but unfortunately I could not.