Hello my lovely lovebirds, welcome to a special Valentine’s Day themed book review.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and since we all need a little love in our lives, I thought I’d review one of the few romance books I have ever read.
Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Rating: 3.5 / 5
I read this book as a suggestion from a friend, and the only thing they really told me, other than it was good, was that I would cry.
I’m not an emotional reader, so I didn’t think I would cry at all when I first started the book, buy did I ever lose that bet to myself.
I don’t think the book was particularly well written, and the plot wasn’t overly complicated, but it did strike me in the feelings.
The plot is straightforward. We follow a couple of teenagers that have various life-threatening illnesses as the lose loved ones, fall in love, and struggle with their painful realities.
Again, not an overly hard plot, but for some reason it really hit home with me.
I’m not sure why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that it is loosely based off a real story. Having that knowledge that someone went through these things (I repeat loosely based) made it that much more emotional to me.
Maybe that’s the point of romance books. They’re not supposed to be difficult to follow, but instead they connect with you on a personal level.
I’m no expert, but maybe I am on to something (he says with a heavy dose of sarcasm).
I never expected myself to cry, but I started feeling for the characters, and I think that is what was my downfall. I fell prey to Green’s every word, until they attached themselves to my very soul, before being ripped out.
I think Green did the best job of any author I can think of in that aspect. Plenty of authors that I read do a good job of putting you in a story, right beside the characters, but I can’t think of any that made me feel quite so emotionally connected with the characters.
Thinking back on my time reading the book, I don’t know why I gave up on romance novels.
I never read a lot of them, but the limited few that I have read have left a positive impact on me. I think I might make that a self goal in the next year, to read a handful more, but I don’t mind sticking with fantasy for now.