Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Posted January 2, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Dutton on January 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 313
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungsโ€ฆ for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

5 Stars

I’m not going to give this book a long review because (a) it doesn’t need it, and (b) no amount of words I type would do it justice. Just know that you should read this book. It’s on so many lists as one of the top books of 2012 and it aptly deserves it.

Reading The Fault in Our Stars is a difficult decision to make, in a way. With all that is written and said about it, you know in advance that there is a love story there that is too beautiful for words, but the inevitability of the plot ensures that tears will be shed. I think the talent of John Green shows in that despite this foreknowledge, the story completely sucks you in and you become part of it yourself. You agree and sympathize with Hazel Grace’s thoughts and views on life (or the many side-effects of death). You melt at every suave and witty comment made by Augustus. When tragedy strikes, your heart is torn into a million little pieces. And still you manage to feel slightly uplifted at the end.

There is little to say. The story is amazing and solid. The characters are brilliant and well-developed. The prose I absolutely adored. It’s a brave and honest portrayal of cancer patients that hits really close to home for me in particular, but to many, many others as well. Extremely thought-provoking, I can tell this is a book that will stay with me for a long time, and I’m confident I can put it on my all-time favorites list.

As to more personal things: I’ve been proud to call myself a nerdfighter for about two months but had not read John’s books before. I’d been itching to of course, not only because of the great reviews they get, but because of his wonderful personality and thoughtfulness. I can now say I absolutely love his writing style and I cannot wait to check out his other books.

And as to the Netherlands! Despite knowing that John loves the country, visited often, and lived there for two months to write the book, I was amazed by how accurate his vision of the country was. Reading it felt like I was right at home. He sure did his research and made a beautiful depiction. (My only question mark was at Hazel’s ability to wear a sundress in May – HA! That sure doesn’t happen in my country too often.)

Summing Up:

I know I’m way behind on this one, but if there is a chance you have not read this yet, you definitely should. There is no real excuse. I have nothing else to say.

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13 responses to “Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. I actually really didn’t get along with this one. I don’t know if I was expecting too much from it or something, but I found it quite generic and a little annoying.

    There are some really nice quotes from it, but I just wasn’t a fan.

    • I guess it’s inevitable that with so much hype some people would be let down. Too bad! For me, personally, with the rich symbolism and layers of meaning, it was the perfect book which I’ll keep thinking about long after I’ve read it.

    • Aww, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, I do know about the movie, but I’m not getting myself too worked up about it because it doesn’t always work out. John says the script is awesome though, so yay ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This part of your review is so beautiful! “When tragedy strikes, your heart is torn into a million little pieces. And still you manage to feel slightly uplifted at the end.”

    I must admit, when I started reading it(after numerous friends told me to) I was warned that it would be totally dramatic and I would cry buckets. Half way through, I was like, PFFFT nothing’s happening that is too dramatic! And then, I get to the tragic part. I WAS WRONG!!!!! I couldn’t even breathe properly when I reached that part and even after going through all that I was just so enamored by it.

    I love how John Green affects his readers that way ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aww thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      John Green has mastered the emotional rollercoaster. It’s amazing, but it makes his books totally memorable and top notch.

  3. I’m really really really nervous to read this book. All my friends have and they said they cried rivers. But your review has made my mind up and I’ve ordered it, so thankyou. ๐Ÿ™‚