If you've been under a rock, you may have missed the book/movie of the summer. And if you have missed out, it's time to play catch up. If you're a reader, you may want to pick up or download a copy of John Green's New York Times #1 Best Seller, The Fault in Our Stars. The book is very well-written and is definitely a quick read, even if you're a slow reader. You may even have time to read this novel before the movie leaves theaters!
The writer jumps right into the story and doesn't doddle with it. The pace of the love story is pretty quick almost alluding to the time the two main characters do not have. At first glance, the book/movie is about cancer, but that's not really the case. Cancer is just a part of their back story - a big part, but still just a part. Ultimately, it is a love story about a boy and a girl who meet and fall in love and change each other's lives forever.
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once." - John Green's The Fault in Our Stars
The movie has the same quick pace and moves the story along as the book does. Augustus "Gus" Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, bumps into Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) at a cancer support group and the two are almost inseparable from that moment on. It takes you on this journey of falling in love as a young and adventurous teenager, while battling some pretty adult life challenges.
Overall, the movie is a very good movie and an excellent adaptation of the book. It definitely had it's cheesy, teenage love story moments, but only a few sprinkled in. Of course they changed and omitted things in the movie that were included in the book, but for a movie based on a book, it was pretty darn close!
This movie, while sad, is definitely worth seeing, but don't forget your tissues.
What did you think of the book? What did you think of the movie?
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