I didn’t cry. It took me less than twelve hours to finish, and I didn’t cry. Yes, it was sad, but like I said in my last post, I’m not that emotional. It is a love story, a beautiful, sad, bittersweet, romantic love story. And it is probably one of the best books ever written. It’s right up there with Harry Potter, PJ&O, and HoO. Maybe even higher. Now, to my real review.
The characters are so believable and full of light. By light, I mean the light of life, if that makes any sense. They’re so alive; I was half-expecting Hazel to walk through my door! Hazel is so real. She’s suffering from cancer, but she’s also trying to be a teenager. She wants to be independent, she’s sassy to her parents, she goes to the mall, etc. What I like about her is that she’s not perfect and she feels like people do. John Green did a very good job of making Hazel so imperfect yet somehow relatable, so that I could feel her pain, her joy, all her emotions. Just because I didn’t cry doesn’t mean I’m not empathetic. Hazel actually didn’t cry as much as she could’ve, I think.
Augustus is just as real as Hazel, but more…intense. He says it right out, “I’m in love with you,” while Hazel says (not out loud), “I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.” Gus is a real charmer. He’s sweet, and Hazel says over and over that he’s hot. He’s also really smart and delves into life and the metaphors. He also gets Hazel; they have a special connection. He’s a very real boy. He likes video games, listens to music, used to play basketball. (Not to be sexist.)
Everything about the book is so genuine and perfect, in a way. I give it five stars out of five. (Ha. Fault in our stars. There is no fault in the stars I give it.) I truly loved this book and will cherish it forever. I can’t wait to see the movie!