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I See No Faults: A Review of John Greens' Book by Alison, Teen Blogger

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Now, John Green is not only one of my favourite vloggers but he happens to be in a very close race with J K Rowling for being my all time favourite author. And I am happy to say that his latest book did not disappoint!

The Fault In Our Stars - book coverI read The Fault in Our Stars back when it first came out in January; I preordered it to ensure that I would get a signed copy. I devoured the novel in one night and was a blubbering mess of emotions at three am as the novel came to a close. That is one of the things I love so much about John’s writing. He is able to create characters and plot lines that not only interest you, but create an emotional attachment between you and the book. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that it has taken me so long to write a review of this book. Even after discussing it with friends and fellow book club members, I still found that I needed more time to absorb the story.  To quote Augustus Waters "my thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations" when it comes to this book. And I am not going to lie --  I sort of like it that way.

Let me give you a brief break down of the plot of the book. It is the classic girl meets boy story and they fall for each other. Only there is a third member in the relationship with Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. Its name is cancer. Before you jump to the conclusion that this is going to be a really depressing book about kids with cancer, I can assure you it is not. Although cancer is a large part of both Hazel’s and Augustus’ lives, this book does not zone in on only that fact. Green works hard to make sure that his characters have quirky personalities and that they are not just shells that showcase the woes of sickness. Each character has dreams, and still worries about little things like the chance of missing an episode of their favourite TV show. Not to discount the presence of sickness in the book. It is always present with Hazel in the form of her oxygen tank that she has to drag around with her at all times. The plot brings both characters together and takes them on a journey all the way across the Atlantic to Amsterdam. (And I must say that after reading this book I really want to go to Amsterdam in the springtime!) At the core, The Fault in Our Stars is a story of young love. Although their definition of "forever" is on a time limit tighter than most of ours', they still mean it with all their hearts and that is what makes it so special.

I have been a huge supporter of this book even before it hit the shelves, but now that I have had the chance to read it and really think about it, I want to recommend it to as many people as I possibly can! I would recommend it to anyone. Boy, girl, adult, teen, senior, dog --  you name it, I would suggest it to them! Be prepared to laugh, cry, think and ‘feel the feels’ when reading this book!

You can find it at your local library! Here.

Alison

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