The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Goodreads Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My views: Here’s my first February read. I started and finished this yesterday in a 4:30 hours reading marathon that kept me awake till wee hours of the morning.

And what do I have to say? A deep, deep *sigh*. Nothing else? No. Not yet.

This book reminded me so much of Looking for Alaska. Isn’t it just like that? No, it isn’t.

Although I did fell in love with Hazel like I did with Alaska. John Green sure has strong female characters in his book and speaks through them (in the first person, I mean).

The book is kind of sad, it made me cry in the end (no, I don’t usually end up crying while reading a book. A movie makes me cry but a book, not often).

But like his other book (pardon me, for I have only read Looking for Alaska till now), this one’s cute too. However, I always wonder why every hero/female hero in the book is always so gorgeous, good looking and hot. I mean not all people are good looking. Do only good looking people get place in stories and books? What about real, normal looking people? Anyway, I am digressing from the topic.

The book was good but not the Looking for Alaska kind of good. I didn’t not want it to end, or got addicted or couldn’t stop reading. None of those. It was OK.

The plot was new, John Green style. The characters were marvelous and you fall in love with them. Gus, too. (another character).

The theme is a bit sad but it’s part of the book, the good part.

The John Green philosophy is all there.

I didn’t relish so much some part of the letter writing because it simply exceeded my meager understanding capacity.

A good read but don’t read when you are sad. The book itself is sad but not the writing, just the theme. 😉

In all, the book is a 3.5/5 – somewhere between ‘I liked it’ and ‘I really liked it’.

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Month Update: January 2012

Books I read in January

 



 





Books I started but couldn’t finish

 

 

 

 


 



Total Books read in January : 13

Pages read: 3226

Books carried over to February: 10

Book reviews in January: 12

Cover reveals : 4

Author interview : 1 (my first ever!)

Giveaway: 1 (winners: 3)

NetGalley Challenge: 2 books read

Book of the month: Without any doubt, it is

 

 

Well, January was a great month. Over to February now. 🙂

Fairy Tales: Love, Hate And Hubris by Manoj Kewalramani

Goodreads Summary: If you caught up with the wolf that hounded little Red Riding Hood, can you image what he would tell you? What did the wicked and vain queen really want from Snow White? Is Beauty and the Beast a tale of love or a story on the shackles of idealisation?

‘Fairy Tales: Love, Hate and Hubris’ is a poetic recap of 16 such timeless fairy tales. Delving into the lives of the antagonists and other characters that have been forever ignored, each poem is an adaptation that sheds new light on their predicaments and motivations.

The collection dwells on wide-ranging unexplored themes – from age and youth, the trappings of power, God and faith, narcissism, self-loathing, and unbridled desire, arrogance and lust, idealisation and love.

My views: Perhaps I wouldn’t have picked up this book had I not won it in Goodreads first-reads. Perhaps I wouldn’t have gone past the first page had I not had the book in my hands. But since I had won it and had it in my hands, I decided to read it. And that turned out to be a good thing.

The book is a retelling of fairy tales and starts so aptly with the quote “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

Good things

I enjoyed the retelling of tales that I had already read.

I especially enjoyed reading “Just a kiss”. I laughed out loud at the end.

I appreciate the effort of the author in this rendition of fairy tales, making us see it from a completely different perspective.

I enjoyed the poetry conversion of these fairy tales.

There are lessons to be learned from each poem.

Not so good

In order to enjoy each poem, you should have read the original fairy tale. I hadn’t read so many of them, so couldn’t appreciate the book in its totality.

I wish the author had named the original fairy tales, either in the start or end of the book, so that I could find and read them before reading his take on the story.

The words ‘honey’ and ‘darling’ were repeated too often for my taste.

In all, the book is a short, sweet tale that leaves you with lessons of life. It is not a children’s book (as my Mom perceived when she saw the book). These are fairytales for adults and also for those children who think beyond their ages.

3/5 stars – I liked it.