Joe Bliven

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green


November 23rd, 2020

Been wanting to read this for years and finally got around to it. It was a real page turner, very entertaining and easy to digest. It pulled at my heart strings pretty well and the romance was easy to get swept up in. This book probably isn't going to be very profound for most adults though it may be for some teens and I could see it being cathartic for someone struggling with a terminal illness either first or second hand. After reading Looking For Alaska I read a damning review of that book which accused John Green's characters of being super homogeneous. After reading The Fault in Our Stars I'm inclined to agree with that hot take. Every character is a bit snarky which is a writing rut a lot of authors get into, I don't mind it but sometimes it can go a little overboard. Every primary and secondary character in both books has the same super power of extreme intelligence, mostly in their vocabulary and literary/historical references. The only time a John Green character doesn't have supreme knowledge of all things is when either a)you're supposed to see that character as beneath another character/as an outsider or b)for the purposes of the informed party to exposit to the uninformed party and thus to the reader at the same time. Overall watching these human wikipedias interact isn't annoying, it's actually very entertaining. It's like the way you would like to see yourself and your friends, quick, witty, extremely knowledgeable. It's a lot more fun to read the interactions of a bunch of unrealistically smart/mature teenagers than the interactions of a bunch of realistically bored unenlightened teenagers.