I’m lumping these two books together because they’re both about extremely hard topics. However, both novels are also over-written in parts, making them harder to digest because of their style.
Strauss’ “Half a Life” is a compelling memoir. He killed a girl in an automobile accident when he was 18-years-old. His account of the accident and living with it for the next half of his life is sometimes hard to read because, I believe, we all can imagine the same horrible thing happening to us. He vacillates through memory, fact, and guilt adroitly…most of the time. But the smoking scene at his high-school reunion was just too much for me. It was like his editor told him that ALL of his writing had to have a new, fresh and, therefore, verbose take.
Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” is a captivating, bittersweet tale of teenage love. Hazel has cancer and meets Augustus, who’s in remission, at a support group. They fall in love and join forces to make contact with Hazel’s favourite author, a recluse. Even if the book’s title is inspired from a line of Shakespeare, it can’t justify how eloquent and witty the two teens are. Their dialogue is so unbelievable that it really annoyed me at times, especially because I liked the book overall.
Gwenamon says: Over-written, but still worth reading