The Fault in Our Stars (review)

Confession:  I wouldn’t say I’ve fallen into the whole “young adult fiction” craze just yet.  It’s not that I’m opposed to it.  Nor do I fail to see the appeal.  I guess I just haven’t jumped on board.  (Also?  I am utterly and completely uninterested in vampires or supernatural things, so that has ruled out some, ahem, more well-known young adult novels/series… )

 

I read The Fault in Our Stars ,by John Green, and the whole entire time I was reading it somehow never even realized that it was, really, young adult fiction.  And I?  Am not exactly a “young adult.”  Quite frankly, when *I* was choosing books from the “young adult” section of our library, they were more likely Sweet Valley High books than deep, engaging stories such as this.

 

I was captivated by Hazel’s story.  Yes, she’s only a teenager.  Somehow, I think that just added another layer for me.  Not only did I feel like I could appreciate some of Hazel’s struggles and insecurities (I was, after all, once a teenage girl myself), but I also felt like I could empathize with her mother.  I loved that added dimension.  It is a perk of “young adult” fiction that I simply hadn’t considered– that ability to relate to multiple characters in engaging ways.

 

I’m not going to go into great detail here– but I will tell you that I LOVED this novel.  Loved it.  It’s far and away one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

 

And here’s what I’d love to know from you…

 

Do you read Young Adult Fiction?  Why do you like it?  Do you have a favorite?  Do share!

 

For more discussion of The Fault in Our Stars, be sure to visit the BlogHer Book Club page.
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9 comments to The Fault in Our Stars (review)

  • mlearley

    If you consider Harry Potter young adult fiction, then yes I read it and I love this series. I have read book 1 of the Hunger Games only b/c I got a lot of back slash on facebook for saying kids shouldn’t read this book based on what I read about it. I was told “how dare you make that statement without reading it and basing your opinion on others?” So I figured I should read it. It’s ok but I don’t understand why it’s targeted to middle school students since it’s so violent. Even as an adult I had a hard time with some of the stuff.

    • Does the Hunger Games series have a bunch of magic/fantasy stuff in it? I struggle with getting engaged in those sorts of stories (hence why Harry Potter and Twilight hold no appeal for me)… but I’ve heard wonderful things about those books!

  • I’ve jumped on late, but I’m officially on the bandwagon I guess. I’ve read Harry and Twilight. I will read HUnger Games too. And to Mlearly I don’t know anyone who thing Hunger Games is appropriate for the less pre-High School set, so she can tell her detractors to stuff it.

  • mlearley

    Thanks Heather B, it’s great hearing this from someone else. Everyone just thinks it’s so great and that as long as kids are reading why worry what it’s about. WHAT?!?! An educator of our youth told me this and I was floored.

    • Oh, I agree with you– that’s a scary thing for an educator to say! I firmly believe that we need to be flexible about medium (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, magazines, comics, etc.), but I think we absolutely MUST be involved in screening content.

  • mlearley

    The books are about a society that exists in the future there are 12 districts. The people rebelled against the government, so in order to keep the people from doing it again they have the yearly Hunger Games. 1 boy and 1 girl ranging from 12-18 from each district is selected through a drawing to compete in the games. Basically 24 go in, one comes out alive and it is telecasted for all the districts to see. The rich people/corrupt government view this as entertainment. I have a HUGE problem with middle school kids reading a book about kids killing kids since there is so much violence to begin with. Sure there are lots of lessons that can be learned from the books but I don’t think kids that young are getting these lessons…it’s more entertainment. Not sure how the movie that just came out is going to depict the violence that’s in the books.

    • I think I’m going to have to read at least the first one. Honestly, it sounds incredibly disturbing to me, but I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve actually read it. I greatly dislike when people take strong stances without being fully informed. So I’d better read it before I get all worked up! ;)

  • SO I just read my barely legible comment and am so happy you got my point from that gobbledy gook! I am going to see the Hunger Games movie first then go back and read the books. Movies are always such a disappointment if you loved the book, so I figure this way I could love both.
    It is pretty shocking to me reading about the Hunger Games how many people do think it’s perfectly fine. Before this post I just had no idea.

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