Note: I am not discussing the plot details of this book.
If we ever need a robot detector to detect evil robots that look like us and walk among us then The Fault in Our Stars would be our test. Forget Gaius Balter and his magic Cylon detector. No. We take those mechanical bastards, we strap them into chairs, and we force them to read a book about cancer patients to provoke an emotional response.
Clearly, I am not a robot because I experienced several emotions while reading TFiOS. One of them was crying. This wasn't a heavy sob, or a snotty cry or red puffy eyed cry: this was The Brave Little Toaster just sacrificed himself crying.* Or Marley & Me the dog just died crying.**
|Don't be a Dwight. Read the book.|
I had one problem with TFiOS. It being that this novel contains John Green's standard book formula. The Quirky Unrealistic Teenage Girl meets a Quirky Unrealistic Teenage Boy and go on a Quirky Adventure in which there is self-discovery and ocean deep conversations and witty dialogue. They even discuss poetry.
I'm giving John Green a pass on using his Standard Formula for two reasons: 1) this is book is superior to anything else he has written and 2) I've never had such an emotional response to a book before.
I want to get into the spirit of discussing the plot but I don't want to. You'll have to read the damn book to find out what it's about. Don't be afraid to read this book. You will not cry the entire time. You will walk away satisfied with a lighthearted feeling that will last all day. I think that makes it worth a few sniffles.
Full Disclosure: I purchased this book from Amazon.com.
*Also, Bamibi's mom, WALL-E, and the very last episode of Battlestar Galactica.
**I realized today that there's about 50 different Levels of Crying.