Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once she went, “When surprised and excited and innocent Gus emerged from grand gesture Metaphorically Inclined Augustus, I literally could not resist,” I have to admit that I was equally charmed. When she said something along the line of falling for him as slow moving at first then sudden, I felt the same... only a something more because the same thing can be said for what I felt for her.

Both of them are different from conventional leads: a little more clever than the norm maybe, but definitely more thoughtful, given their differing opinion on how they saw things and what their roles ought to be. And this might be what I loved in Fault: that they’re basically polar opposites because where one wanted to leave a mark on the world, thought it necessary that a mark be made and that some noticing take place, the other deemed it best to go through life without leaving a dent in it or on others.  AND the other that I might indeed love in it is: how each recognized what the other believed. And polar opposites or not,  they recognized the other’s points, applauded the same even, but still held to what made them them. There’s a recognition (a little applause too) but no real change with both stating and not really arguing how they saw things.

It’s not perfect though. Their combined knowledge of Cancer Kid Conventions made for hilarious observations. Yet, they each fell into their own descriptions at one point or another: her with her resilient survival; him with his glad to be alive version. What’s made it OK though were the moments when they jumped out of those conventions and just were who they were, as when she was with her mother or when he was with Isaac. 

Speak of, I’d have loved more of Isaac. Bromance? Maybe, because with him and Gus together, you see how each held the other up, mocked the other, joked around, but really there’s a genuine connection there. Yup, bromance, indeed. Except, Isaac is barely there, his part in the story felt like a backdrop to emphasize how larger than life Gus/Augustus could be, (Gus and his game playing of needing to save the day; Gus and his little tidbits of what to do and how to do it.) Again, the both of them are different and each with their quirky thing. Him with his hot boy easy confidence, then her with her random scrambled egg observations etc. But given what they were living with, a little quirky felt just right.

Two more things:

I thought nothing would top what she had to say on their infinity. I LOVED, simple loved, her what she had to say and how she said it. Only later… later, it’s what Augustus said about who we choose to hurt, that got me a little more.


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