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2.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing special, 4 Mar 2012
TFIOS is not the first John Green book I have read, I have previously read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.
I found TFIOS to be very similar to both these books, as in boy meets girl, they fall in love, they don't end up together. My problem was TFIOS was that I found Hazel to be very similar to Margo and Alaska. I also found it unrealistic, Hazel tried to be much deeper and profound than most adults, which seemed a tad silly to me, as well as the fact that this occured very often in the book.
As a medical student, I was not expecting this to be hugely science based but I would liked to have read more by cancer. In some reviews I read, people cried yet I remained unemotional throughout this book and had no attachment to either of the main characters. I also felt some of the characters reactions to events were not particularly accurate, with teenagers accepting their fate and making light of the situation when realistically this does not occur.
There were some good moments in the book, particularly meeting a certain man whilst away from home (trying to avoid spoilers) and the narrative when you discover the meaning behind the book's title was good. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I had not previously read Green's work and avoided the obvious comparison to his other characters. I would have liked to have read more about cancer and the effect on Hazel's family.
I also struggled with the storyline. There was one stand out moment in the plot that surprised me but otherwise it was quite plain. Also, the acceptance of death is hugely unrealistic. This is not a book I would reccomend, but obviously this makes me a minority.