Obsessed: The Fault In Our Stars (Spoiler Alert)

Monday, June 2, 2014

I know everyone's been talking about it recently, but I am just in love with The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. When I first heard that there was a movie being made of it, I thought I would read it (I hate seeing movies when I haven't read the book). It's a pretty quick read, I read it in two days over spring break. It is seriously engrossing, once you get hooked it's hard to put down. It's the perfect coffee shop book. Grab your favorite drink, find a comfy chair, and hunker down for a while.
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The storyline is pretty simple. My one-sentence summary (SPOILER ALERT): Hazel Grace meets Augustus at a support group, and they hit it off and end up developing a really deep relationship where they have a whirlwind adventure and romance, then he gets cancer again and dies. Obviously that's missing a lot of the details, but that's basically what happens.

I love Hazel Grace. She's unapologetically herself, and pretty honest, which I love in characters. She's skeptical of Augustus at first, and definitely does not try to change for him. Augustus is incredibly cocky, attractive, but also deeply sentimental and caring. I just loved their relationship for its beautiful simplicity, although at the same time it was intricate in the same way all of our relationships are intricate and unique. Basically, I don't think we can understand it.

But let's talk about the real part of the book that scarred me: The death of Augustus Waters. I, for one, did not see that one coming. Definitely thought it would be Hazel Grace. But anyways, I think his death provides an interesting look at the human condition. I've never lost anyone close to me, so I have not experienced it first hand. But it gives the reader an interesting perspective on death and life, and how we deal with both.

I loved John Green's writing style. It was funny, sarcastic, didactic, and depressing all at the same time. I appreciate how it was written simply, but also smart enough that I learned a lot, and it challenged me to think in new ways.

Also, I'm obsessed with the soundtrack to the movie. I just bought it on iTunes, and I've been listening to it in a pattern, alternating between Coldplay's Ghost Stories and this soundtrack. Ed Sheeran, M83, Grouplove, Ray LaMontagne - I CAN'T EVEN. Also, it's a good mix of more pop tracks, there is a rap track (interestingly enough), and some slower, folksy tracks.
from here

Anyways, the movie also looks really good. I know I'm going to be sad, because they always change the movies from the books, but in all of the trailers it has looked absolutely amazing. Plus, I think Shailene Woodley is one of the best actresses of my generation, even for getting her start on an annoying ABC Family drama and the fact that she doesn't know what feminism is (but that's a different blog post).

I know I will go see it when it comes out on June 6! Maybe as a post-spring-finals gift to myself? :)

Always, thank you for reading.

Zoe

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