Amber’s Goodreads review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amazing book. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

John Green is a fantastic writer. If this was my copy and not a friend’s I would be highlighting favorite quotes left and right. The characters are so real and witty and say such smart and true things (aside: stop thinking teenagers aren’t this smart or witty. You have no idea). I really came to care for all of them. You have no idea how much. I haven’t cried this much since I read Bridge to Terabithia a few years ago. The difference is this time I was laughing through the tears too. Green will break your heart and then make you laugh and then break it again in the next sentence. I don’t know how a book can feel so goddamn sad and yet so goddamn hopeful but he did it.

And now just a little note to the critics, specifically the ones who ask “is this his story to write?” That is a lazy, fallacious argument and those who use it need to reexamine what is REALLY making them uncomfortable about this book, because the old lie that you can’t write a story unless you’ve lived it is just that, a lie, a damnable lie. Just because John Green isn’t a 16 year old girl with cancer doesn’t mean he can’t write from the perspective of one. The only sin is lack of research and sincerity, not lack of direct experience.

Read this book. My husband refuses: we had a close friend – closer to him than me; I sadly didn’t know him as well – who died in sophomore year of college from osteosarcoma. He says he doesn’t want to relive that. I may not think that we can’t know joy without pain, but sometimes we can’t experience something good without taking the bad with it, and this book is forever worth it. So do it. Read it. Keep a box of tissue with you for the latter half. You’ll need it.

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~ by Amber on April 24, 2013.

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