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The Fault In Our Stars: A Special Guest Review

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014 PG-13) is based on the popular young-adult book by John Green.  Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two teens who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  If you are young and dying, should you be falling in love?

My teenage daughters and their friends have all read the book.  While reading, some sob, some shed a few tears, and some just choke up a bit.  I asked them how the movie stands up to the book.

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How was the movie different from the book?  

It left a few things out, but they weren’t crucial to the story.

Some of the things they left out were important-ish, not really needed, but would have made the movie better.

There were a couple book parts that were left out in the movie, but it was nothing major.

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Is it better to read the book first?  All of the teens seemed to think either way was fine.

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Who would like this movie?

Non-emotional people – so sad!

If someone enjoyed the book, they’d probably like the movie.

Anyone who read the book, or anyone who likes sad movies.

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My daughters said that I should not see the movie, and they are in disagreement as to whether I should read the book or not.  I’m going to skip both, knowing how much Kleenex I’d probably need.

Thanks for the special guest review, girls!

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