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This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
I always approach a new book with a sense of trepidation, particularly when the author is one that I am fond of. There's always the fear that this new book won't live up to my expectations, and then what? And, for the first chapter or so, this concern was not completely washed away. Sure, it was good, but was it ~really~ going to be better than Looking for Alaska, the way it had been hyped up to be? It didn't seem so, at first.
Still, it wasn't long before the writing settled into place and the characters began to take on sympathetic lives. I think John Green did what he set out to do--create a book about cancer, but not about cancer; write a story where the characters were not glorified as noble sufferers, but as people who are just as scared and lonely as anyone would be in their place. True to fashion, he wove humor amongst even the darker hours; he presented metaphors that were perhaps not in the grand literary fashion, but were honest to the human condition; he reminded readers that perhaps our heroes are not all we have idealized them to be.
I admit. I cried. I cried hard, but not for the characters in the book---I cried because the story found within it spoke to the reality of life; the reality that this could happen even to the person I care about most. I would confidently recommend this book to anyone, young or old, as a read that will engage both mind and emotion on a journey that leaves you not with a sense of loss, but rather a feeling of personal gain for having read it.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2012 9:42:00 AM PST
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I felt exactly the same way, and agree completely with your review... especially the last paragraph. At the end, I wasn't crying for the characters, I was crying because of the array of emotions, thoughts and concepts this book brought to my mind. DFTBA <3
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