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2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 27 July 2014
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This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars (Paperback)
Just didn't do much for me at all. I've read a couple of John Green's books (who, as a person, I am a personal fan of) and I feel the same dissatisfaction whenever I finish one of his novels, that "is that it?" feeling. It's a tear baiter. But the bait sucks. The protagonists, I find to be obnoxious and, sorry to say it, very two-dimensional. They're too self-aware, I guess some people like that, and they hold themselves in very high esteem. Give me a reason to hold you in some esteem too. I read the book through intermittent rolls of my eyes. Hazel watches America's Next Top Model. Wow, how fascinating that she dumbs herself down to watch shows that millions of people enjoy. She's so human. Augustus walks around with an unlit cigarette in his mouth for crying out loud. Oh my God that's so ironic and deep. I can't remember his ridiculous reason for why, but all I know is that is some pretentious bullsh*t.

For a book that is so consciously trying to avoid being overtly sentimental, it all came across as crazily melodramatic and a more uptight version of Nicholas Sparks "A Walk to Remember". I was just really, really unimpressed. I'd still like to see the movie, because these kinds of stories play out pretty well on the screen. With a sappy soundtrack and a few heart-wrenching performances it may even get the tears it begging for. However, as I said, I like John Green and I'm glad for his success I will keep reading his books and hoping for better.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2014 11:01:54 BDT
I have not yet finished the book but so far I would tend to agree with your analysis. The characters don't seem to have been fully developed. They are very clichéd and "two dimensional" as you say. But I must withhold judgement until I finish the book!

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 05:19:23 BDT
I totally agree with your review, I found the book difficult to get into, and at the end, I too thought ''is this it, what was all the hype about, very disappointed.

Posted on 1 Feb 2015 14:22:01 GMT
I really didn't like this book; I only read it because my daughter bought it for me and I felt obliged to do so! I found the writing of John Green very cynical and pretentious (never read anything else of his) and his use of such sensitive subject matter, while apparently reveling in the horrors of the final days of this young man, quite unacceptable. I don't know who this book was aimed at and I don't understand how so many people enjoyed it but I must assume that these people have never been confronted with the truth of death from cancer or any other death for that matter. I CERTAINLY have no intention of seeing the film and all I can say is, what a horrid story.
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