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A Review in Three Parts,
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This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
Part one: The Book.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. The silly boycrushes and superficial gossip that most writers think makes up 99% of high school steps aside for a beautiful, honest, heartrending story of life, death, and love. I can only compare this book to Markus Zuzak's award-winning "The Book Thief" in terms of sophistication and depth.
Hazel and Augustus are two of the most fleshed-out characters, particularly teenagers, that I have ever read. Their story is a joy and a privilege to read. Furthermore, their love is more real than anything else you will ever find on the Young Adult shelves.
Note- Read it alone if you can. People give you weird looks when you aren't sure if you're laughing or crying.
Part Two: A Response to Several Reviews
This bit is written in response to those who find the dialogue unrealistic, particularly for wee little teenagers. To them, I'd firstly like to request that you stop being condescending. Does every teenager speak like that? No, of course not. But please don't assume that means all teenagers are incapable of using words with more than two syllables, or lack the brainpower to be witty, insightful, and existential in conversation.
Having spent the last five or so years in this nebulous "teenagerdom", I believe I may be qualified enough to judge the "teenageriness" of Green's dialogue. Do the characters sound like teenagers? No. They don't sound like iCarly, or Bella Swan, or Troy Bolton or the majority of teens in pop culture.
But they do sound like me, and my best friends, and the people I surround myself with in high school. They sound like people, people I'd like to meet. Like the books defiance of the Young Adult Genre, Hazel and Augustus defy the conventional teenager model, resulting in some of the most honest and real characters I have read.
Part Three: A Letter
Dear John Green,
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Initial post: Jan 28, 2012 9:06:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2012 9:07:31 PM PST
R. Ann says:
Yes! This. All of it.
While reading through reviews, I was slightly irked to see that so many people assumed teenagers are incapable of holding intelligent and witty conversations.
Yours was the first I've read that stuck up for today's youth.
Posted on Aug 17, 2012 12:36:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2012 12:37:44 PM PDT
E. Smyth says:
I love part two of your review. As a high school teacher, I completely agree on all counts.
Yes, the average teenager uses poor English to say things of mostly very little interest to adults. Does this mean there are no other sorts of teenagers? Of course not! Every graduation class of 100 or more has at least a couple of Hazels, Gusses and Isaacs mixed into the crowd. Such kids were often lonely in elementary school but by their late teens have found their tribe and have learned the fine art of skewering their intellectual inferiors (like the perhaps-not-entirely altruistic eunuch who runs the book's support group for terminal teens) for fun, if not profit.
I strongly suspect those objecting to Green's characters are the very types who obliviously provide sport for the Hazels, Gusses and Isaacs of the world.
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