The fault in our stars – review

“The fault in our stars” is a book written by John Green about two teenagers in love who both suffer from cancer.

I really enjoyed this book because it mostly did not fall into cheesiness as one could expect from such a story, and offered a perspective on life and relationships that was really interesting. There were some thoughts and quotes that really struck me in this book and made me rethink myself and my relationships in general. It enlightened me about cancer and offered me the perspective of someone who suffers from it without falling into a self-pitying pattern. Thoughts on death, grief and love were particularly delicate and accurate. This meditation on how to deal with weakness, illness and death as well as addressing vulnerability in relationships was in my opinion the strongest asset of the novel.

However, I believe that some passages were weak, such as the whole trip in Amsterdam the lovers undertake, which I think did not bring much to the story, except for giving young teenagers the pleasure of reading about other teenagers’ passionate romances. This was in my opinion the weakest (and cheesiest) part of the book. It was generally speaking well written, although some situations and words felt a bit unnatural at times.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in romance, and how to address vulnerability and grief in our relationships.

Best quotes: “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”; “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”; “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”; “Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

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