Monday, June 10, 2013

Kernel's Library: Taking Chance With The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Book 00091: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

- The Fault in Our Stars

First Publication:
- 10th January 2012 by Dutton Books

- The Fault in Our Stars was optioned by 20th Century Fox and is now currently on production, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, with Josh Boone directing.
- This is John Green's fourth solo novel, his other books include Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns.
- Green stated that "the title is inspired by a famous line from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar (Act 1, scene 2). The nobleman Cassius says to Brutus, 'The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.'"

- No. 1 New York Times Bestseller
- No. 1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- No. 9 The Bookseller (UK) Bestseller
- No. 1 Indiebound Bestseller
- New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
- Starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ, Publisher’s Weekly, Horn Book, and Kirkus

I am not much of a love story reader, much less a fan of stories about the devastating side of life. That is why when I picked up John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, I was immediately caught off guard.

I can't imagine how the author could make such a devastating story sound so hilarious, that slight remark would always make me laugh. He doesn't make me cringe while I am reading the story even if it's in the point of view of a very ill girl.

But the author does the opposite in me, he makes me wanna read the story even more with his ingenious writing and superb story telling. At times he is also very effective in making a reader -- meaning me -- teary-eyed even if I deny it to my self. But no matter how I stop the emotions and tears, they're still coming like an avalanche.

This is the phase in my reading life that I am growing tired of reading my grown genre and John Green might have been my savior from the trap of running away from love stories -- not the kind you find in cheap pocket books, but the kind with substance and depth -- and a little of comedy, of course.

Plot Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestseller that Time Magazine called “damn near genius,” The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Grade: A