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The Fault in our Stars
After seeing a discussion a couple months back in the forums, I looked up "The Fault in our Stars" on our library website. They had it, but, there were so many holds on it I had to wait awhile. I started reading the book the day that I checked it out from the library. I was very disappointed in the book when I finished. I was expecting a story about these two kids that loved each other and taught a lesson about what cancer people have to go through. Well, it partly was about that. But, it was mostly centered on death. And what comes after death. The author has a screwed up version of what comes after death. Through the writing in the book, it feels like the author is really searching. Searching spiritually.
The book if also full of cuss words (including one use of the "F" word), there are several sexual references, a lot of taking God's name in vain. I would definitely not recommend that kids under 15 read it. Not because of the cuss words. Or even the sexual references (because those are very brief and do not go into detail), but, because of the heaviness. Throughout the book Hazel is dealing with health and breathing complications due to her thyroid cancer. At one point she wakes in the middle of the night screaming in pain from oxygen deprivation. Towards the end Gus is also dealing with pain and complications. The ending is very heavy. I would say that the last 11 chapters are pretty sad. I can say that I will never read this book again. Because, although it may have a good outline. As far as, dealing with cancer and pain. And showing how hard it would be to constantly worry about your family and what would happen to them if you died. I feel the plot is lacking a little and the end is rather abrupt. I would not recommend reading this book. I considered it a waste of time. Although, the choice is up to you.
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