The Fault in Our Stars became a "must read" for me when Husband and I stumbled upon the MTV Movie Awards a few months ago and the film based on the book basically swept that whole program. What a sad statement to write. I'll fluff it up a bit to say that I also wanted to read it because my niece, Deirdre (along with everyone else in America her age), sort of loved the ever living heck out of it.
A couple of my friends who have read or seen Stars said that they cried a lot and that I would likely just die from crying because of the sad. I mean, the book is about kids with cancer falling in love. Perhaps I should have cried more but I didn't much. I only really found myself welling up on two occasions. The first occasion was when I thought of how awful the parents of these sick children had it. My parents watched their first-born struggle with and succumb to cancer so that plus the experience of actually being a parent myself made that suffering hit close to home. The second occasion was prompted by Hazel and Augustus speaking of the love they had found in one another. Whenever a love like that is spoken of, my mind immediately wanders to thoughts of Husband. I imagined losing him to cancer and how that would affect me. Maybe I shouldn't try to personalize and internalize the books I read or the shows I watch but I am definitely guilty of this offense.
Young, high-school love is a genre I'm quite fond of but I didn't really feel the anticipated teenage angst in this one despite all the ... well, cancer and dying. It was not difficult to get swept up in Green's story-telling and I was finished reading within a few days. His description of Amsterdam certainly nudged me into wanting to travel there. I guess I would have liked a little more explanation as to why Augustus and Hazel felt such a deep love because I didn't quite feel the connection on the level I should have. The primary connection I grasped was that they both happened to have cancer but why was he so immediately drawn to her? One more tiny gripe: I'm not sure I can say I have ever heard young people using the advanced vocabulary featured in the dialogue. More than once I found myself, a well-read adult, wishing I'd had a dictionary nearby. Other than that, Stars absolutely seems to warrant its popularity amongst the younguns.