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Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I am on Instagram a lot. Too much. That’s a different story, but through it I get a pretty good idea of what “kids these days” are into. Well, I recently have seen a lot of “Okay? Okay.” and a lot of #tfios going around. So, curious ol’ me asked what TFIOS meant. The Fault in Our Stars, I was told. Apparently it’s being made into a movie coming out this year. I am a bit of a movie geek and searched it on one of my favorite apps, IMDB. Through that I learned the synopsis. The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green who is a vlog brother if you are familiar with them on YouTube.) is about a teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who is fighting lung cancer who meets a teenage boy named Augustus “Gus” Waters who previously fought cancer and lost his leg. They fall in love, as predicted, but there is a whole lot more to the story. So, anyway, I decide it actually looked pretty good and put the book on hold from the library.

It took it’s sweet time getting to me, of course, as it had over 100 holds on it, but the other day, I finally got it. So, what did I think about it? Let me start by mentioning that growing up, I picked books mainly from the children’s section. At that age, they didn’t have to be Christian, as they were usually fine. However, if a book had even one cuss word, I returned it without finishing it. As I got older I ventured in to Christian fiction in the adult section. I rarely went into the young adult area, because the normal fiction was disgusting and the Christian fiction was made for either boys, and was about dragons, or for teen girls and was about shopping and boys. Neither interested me. So I stuck to the adult section. I read mainly historical fiction and some Christian romance. I am not very adventurous in my reading. So to read TFIOS was different. It wasn’t Christian, it was in the young adult category and just not what I read.

I’m not sure it is appropriate for under 18. MAYBE a mature 16-17, but I don’t know. There was too much language for my taste. At least two uses of every word I am aware of. But plenty more than two of several words. I wouldn’t normally finish a book with that much language, but I never felt like I shouldn’t continue. There was a one page risqué “scene.” It wasn’t awful, but again, not PG. It was a cute story, sad too, just more than I was prepared for, having read “safe” books all my life.

Would I read it again? No. Would I let my siblings read it? No. Do I want to see the movie? Yes, I do, but I am positive there will be “stuff” in it. IF I watch it, it will probably be with my mom only, without my siblings around.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Book Review

 

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