Half a Life by Darin Strauss and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

life fault

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


About gwenamon

bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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