30 Day Book Challenge // 13

A book that disappointed you.

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

I need to say this first. I like John Green. I like the vlogbrothers. But I am not a fan of The Fault In Our Stars. I’m not a fan of any of his books to be honest.

There is just so much hype around John Green’s books. I admit I was part of it when TFIOS was released. Waiting to get my signed copy. Hoping it would have a hanklerfish. Just being excited about the release. And when I read it, it didn’t live up to the hype. Its an okay book. Its just not as amazing as what the internet made it out to be.

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23 Responses to “30 Day Book Challenge // 13”

  1. James Patrick Casey


    To be honest I was a little disappointed too – I liked it a lot but I only read it in the build-up to the film being released for the sake of context, and it was advertised like the greatest contribution to human consciousness since the Bible, Dante’s Inferno and Joyce’s Ulysses put together, which it is sadly not.

    • bluchickenninja

      To be honest I was more worried about Tumblr’s reaction to this post. Tumblr is one of those places where John Green is seen as a god who can do no wrong.

      The weird thing about the movie is people went in to it expecting to cry. Like dftba.com was selling a TFIOS preparedness kit that included tissues because if you go see this movie you will cry. I mean yeah it was sad. But not that sad.

      • James Patrick Casey

        I was quite proud of not crying when I saw it – I know ’emotion’ isn’t really my thing, but I thought I’d cry at least a little. Take that, empathy!

        And yeah, I avoid Tumblr because you can’t have opinions on there. And I like to have opinions on things.

  2. kedavis99

    Thank you for this. I haven’t read it yet for the exact reason that I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. If and when I get around to it I’ll be going in with some lower expectations, maybe that will help 🙂

  3. Project Easier

    I read The Fault… Before the hype or before I knew about the hype, and loved it. Haven’t seen the movie, haven’t read his other books. I wonder how much do hype and expectation play in our reactions to books? I know it happens for me with movies that when everyone tells me a movie’s great, I’m usually disappointed. It seems like with books it’s more personal somehow though. Like with movies my expectations effect whether I connect with it, but with books it’s more my mood, whether the words, story, theme, etc. resonantly deep down. It’s more personal.

    • bluchickenninja

      I think hype around books is definitely different than movies. But the thing with TFIOS is you can watch John Green from your laptop. So he feels closer than any regular celebrity. And for at least 6 months before the book was released he was making weekly videos about the book and about signing every copy and I think that really increased the hype surrounding it.

  4. Dora Argh

    TFIOS is John Green’s most celebrated book, by far. I also think it was only ok. But I did enjoy Looking For Alaska. Which is a far greater book than TFIOS in my opinion.

  5. amommasview

    Interesting… I found the movie pretty sad. Maybe because I am a mom as well and this aspect plays into it too. You kind of relate to the mothers in the story as well, not just the two kids.

  6. curiousdaisies

    I agree there was too much hype around TFIOS, especially before/when the movie came out. I read it and expected to be blown away. But I wasn’t. Probably because I expected to much. It was still a good book. Neither the book now movie made me cry.

    I recently read Paper Towns. I hated that book. There’s like no plot at all. But, trust my word, as the movie release comes near everyone will talk about how great it is. And John Green fans now want to kill me. Anyways, I admit I like his videos more than his books 🙂

  7. tararebeccaox

    I agree – there was so much hype about it I figured I should read it to see what it was all about but it wasn’t that great. I mean, I liked that he wrote about something that happens to people, and I felt it was good in that sense, but otherwise it was just an okay book. Not particularly brilliant.

  8. Toddler_Mama

    You know, reading it as a new parent I actually found it really moving. Not so much from the perspective of the incredibly (unbelievably) well spoken teenagers, but because of how he represented the parents, and their grief. I can say there is nothing I fear more than losing my daughter, especially to a disease as unpredictable and unpreventable as cancer. To hear the message “it will hurt, but we will survive”… wow. It was very powerful and resonated as true. But of course everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I applaud you for going up against main stream sappy ‘Merica.

  9. Dream Menagerie

    Completely agree with you!! I was disappointed with it as well – I hadn’t read any of Green’s books but always wanted to, so I thought of giving TFiOS a try… It would probably make my list as the book that has disappointed me the most, too!

  10. Snoskred

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I did love the book for the most part. I am presently going through all my e-books and sorting them into “to read” and “read” – there are 14 thousand or so to go through and I know there were more John Green ones in there. I’ll make sure Paper Towns gets into the to read category. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!

  11. Forbidden Books Club

    I’ve heard both sides. I purchased the book with all the movie hype and decided to wait until it died (no pun intended) down. I’m going to put it on my 2015 reading list. I do think I’m going to have to suspend belief a bit but I’m still anxious to read it.

  12. Eli

    It’s so refreshing to read an opinion of John Green’s books from a Vlogbrothers fan who doesn’t worship all his work (I too am a Vlogbrothers fan and like John immensely as a person/youtuber). Because honestly, I also don’t find any of his books compelling enough to warrant this-book-will-change-your-life status. The only one I actually really liked was Will Grayson Will Grayson but it had more to do with David Levithan’s involvement than John’s.

  13. myfashionandbeautytales

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but read this book and loved it.


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