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May's Reading Power Book Club: The Fault In Our Stars

Posted by Reading Power from Cardiff - Published on 01/05/2013 at 09:39
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  • Fault In Our Stars

We are very pleased to announce that May 2013's Reading Power Book Club selection is the New York Times bestseller The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

Here's the blurb:

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault In Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

And it looks like this year the film will be made with Josh Boone in place as director and the casting process in full-flow as Shailene Woodley has been confirmed as Hazel and Hollywood is abuzz with rumours about who will play Augustus.

Stay ahead of the curve and the hype and get involved with this month's Reading Power Book Club. You don't have to buy the book, just take a trip to your local library and borrow one for free. If you have already read it, please share your views on the book and let's get the discussion going.

The Reading Power Book Club is an online book club for young people in Cardiff and involves Reading PowerCardiff LibrariesCardiff CouncilTheSprout and you!

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If you have any suggestions for future selections or would simply like to share what you're reading at the moment then click below.

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Tom_Bevan

Tom_Bevan

Commented 37 months ago - 1st May 2013 - 09:46am

At times very pretentious but at other's really moving and actually quite insightful. Well worth a read, I couldn't put it down.

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 37 months ago - 1st May 2013 - 15:52pm

My friend has just read this book, I really want to read it!! I would also love to read another of John Green's books, looking for Alaska. It sounds amazing!

emb789

emb789

Commented 37 months ago - 1st May 2013 - 17:31pm

I completely agree with Tommy B (because that is still your name "Tom_Bevan," you're not fooling anyone). A lot of people thought the end was very beautiful and heartbreaking but I found it a little nothingy. My friend Cassidy, who is a big John Green fan, thinks that I am heartless for that reason (and also because I said that a woman shouldn't marry a terminally ill man because it would be a waste of money - but that's just common sense!).

Looking for Alaska is an absolutely superb book, it's by far my favourite of his. Unfortunately, by the time you've read more than two of John Green's books, you begin to notice patterns in his characters, much like Tony Parsons' books. Still, if you can get over reading what is essentially the same story again and again of boy meeting enigmatic girl and pursuing a relationship with her (up until The Fault In Our Stars where girl meets enigmatic boy and pursues relationship with him), his books are quite brilliant.

And he does come up with some wonderfully quote-worthy phrases.

Snoo

Snoo

Commented 36 months ago - 4th May 2013 - 11:36am

The amount of times I found myself curled into a ball crying "My feelings...." while reading this book was definitely a record for me! Such an emotional story that is truly unforgettable! Read it in a day after borrowing it from the library then had to go buy my own copy because it's so amazing!

Also read it twice because the first time you read it, you don't notice all the foreshadowing. John Green is a fantastic writer! If you enjoy this, be sure to check out his other titles. "Looking For Alaska" is another beautiful story that rips your emotions straight from your heart but you love every minute of it!

layzdude

Commented 36 months ago - 24th May 2013 - 09:14am

really great book. hope that all his other books are as good

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 36 months ago - 24th May 2013 - 18:00pm

I have read this a couple of weeks ago, absolutely amazing!

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 34 months ago - 19th July 2013 - 18:05pm

This book is really touching, such a great read. John Green told this story so well, it was so emotional to read. Great, great book!

BookFanatic99

Commented 34 months ago - 20th July 2013 - 13:32pm

I really enjoyed reading this book and thought that it touched a subject that is very common. I loved the relationship that the two main characters Hazel and Augustus had together. I also liked the fact that they stuck by each other through the bad times as well as the good. I think that John Green did a great job of writing about the topic of cancer and it was a very emotional read.

JustNotNormal

JustNotNormal

Commented 34 months ago - 24th July 2013 - 10:11am

I read this book because I watch John Green on YouTube (Vlogbrothers) and it is one of the most emotional and well-written books I have ever read. I need to read more of his books!

Alaska

Commented 33 months ago - 25th August 2013 - 15:27pm

Right. This book. A lot of people have been waiting for me to read this. In the beginning I refused due to the whole fact Looking for Alaska made me cry like a baby.

This book, however. Didn't.

I was promised this book would be worse then Alone on the water, A Sherlock fanfic written by the fabulous Madlori and while I did tear up a little when Augustus promised Hazel he'd fight for her, I didn't cry at his actual death. I guess on another level I had not bonded with the characters as I have so previously did in John Green's books or like I had with Sherlock and John.

Another problem I had with the book? The language used. Now John Green is a writing god. I LOVE his work. The way he writes is so superb and I love him. But the thing is, this book lacked the side characters, the funny ones like The Colonel in LFA or Ben in Paper Towns. It felt far too much like Romeo and Juliet and I agree that Teenagers are not as dumb as people make them out to be, but the way Hazel and Gus spoke to one another was just so full on and full of large words and big proclamations that I felt removed from them. I didn't bond that much with them because they didn't feel real. The language they used was just far too full on for me. Teenagers are smart, but wow if I ever met someone who spoke so fluidly like that it would be a dream.

So without these side characters, it felt flat to be. It also wasn't as funny as I'd thought it be and it did not speak to me like LFA or Paper Towns did.

I do understand we had a side character in Isaac and for me he was a good inclusion. But Kaitlin was a huge annoyance to me.

Also the huge popularity of the book. I understand it.
It's basically like a new modern Romeo and Juliet and basically makes it out like you need this epic romance in your life and stuff. I can totally see why it's so popular due to this alone.

Also how fast the romance took. Bloody hell. I know it's a book but it felt fast to me.

So in conclusion. I am sorry John but I really didn't like this, or love it like I did LFA or Paper Towns.

Secret_Me

Commented 33 months ago - 29th August 2013 - 20:10pm

I read this book a couple of months ago, but despite the many warnings from my friends that it would leave me a blubbering wreak, in dire need of chocolate and a bumper box of tissues I really didn't think it was that good. John Green is a very good writer, and this book contains so many beautiful details that really add to the story line but I just didn't connect with the characters. How many teenagers do you know that finish high school early and are part way through university by the age of 16? How many teenagers do you know that travel to different continents to talk to their favourite reclusive author? The events in this book just seem a little surreal and a little far-fetched. Whilst an excellent book, this just isn't my cup of tea (with milk and two sugars)

obeyonce

Commented 32 months ago - 27th September 2013 - 09:39am

love this book but why did he have to die

joshy 737

Commented 31 months ago - 27th October 2013 - 14:01pm

amazing story line. one of the best books I've read all my life.

Weeping Tudor

Weeping Tudor

Commented 31 months ago - 29th October 2013 - 02:48am

And there's me realising it was THAT John Green from Crash Course. He's a pretty decent YouTube presence, if I say so myself (that can't be said for most of them on there). I shall absolutely read this then!

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 31 months ago - 29th October 2013 - 09:39am

@Weeping Tudor - I would definitely recommend this book, it is beautifully written. I also watch John Green and his brother on Youtube and I watched John Green talking about writing this book before it was published, so this book is quite special to me as I feel like I was there when it was being created. It's such a fantastic book :)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 23 months ago - 4th June 2014 - 09:54am

In the lead up to the release of the movie Soci3tysucks has checked out the book too.

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