Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: January 10th 2012
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs…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.

You’re going to read many things about this book, many reviews. But it’s impossible for me not to say a few things about it….

John Green has become one of my favorite authors. I only just discovered (and fell in love with) his books in 2010, so I was really excited about this one.

Everything I love about his writing is present; his sense of humor and his intelligence. I honestly feel smarter after reading his books. He makes me think about things in ways I never considered. It’s one of the reasons I love reading so much. I’m happy I can depend on John Green to deliver.

The Fault in our Stars gives us such an honest and realistic view into the world of people suffering and living with cancer. But in the middle of all that, two teens–star-crossed lovers–showed me just how true love can bring happiness in the face of anything. To cherish the people in our lives while they are in our lives. That life is sometimes not fair; it’s not a wish-granting factory after all.

”As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – pg. 125

I must also mention just how much Augustus Waters stole my heart. Stolen so. completely. Oh, and I can’t stop reading this quote… *happy sigh*

”I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – pg. 153

While I didn’t bawl as some people have, I did shed my share of tears the last third of this book. However, I was not left shattered or left feeling heavy, though it’s not a book to read if you’re looking for happily ever afters. It left me thoughtful and thankful.

 

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32 Responses to “Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

  1. Erin W.

    Great review! I have the feeling this book is going to make all sad inside . . . so I can’t wait to read this one! John Green is a great author.

  2. Giselleco

    Great review I’m hearing so much about this book I’m getting extremely curious about it. It’d be my first John Green book too! :D

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

  3. Molli

    That quote.  I have TEARS in my eyes.  If i didn’t already know that I need to read this book, now I am absolutely sure.  Oh my goodness.  Thank for for this review!

  4. forloveandbooks

    Oh how I loved this book, and I could not agree with you more. I didn’t bawl like many, but I did have a fwe tears. And I will definitely never be the same after my time with Augustus Waters.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. MaganBlasig

    I have this book, too, but haven’t read it yet. I feel like John Green books need special time to be set aside for them. I need to be able to focus and savor them. I loved your review, and I’m even more anxious to read the book now. :) 

    • Sash and Em

      GIRL. If you were worried about what to read after Shatter Me then I don’t even know what to tell you after TFiOS. I had NO IDEA how to follow it up. So, naturally I followed it up with MORE JOHN GREEN. Paper Towns and then An Abundance of Katherines. It’s the only way. 

  6. Sash and Em

    “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” I feel my heart rip open every single time I think about that quote. I loved this book so much and I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jess!

  7. Melanie

    I’ve got a copy of Paper Towns on my shelf that I’m planning to read.  It’s been there for awhile, lol.  I definitely want to read this one now, though.  That quote is amazing.

  8. kathy

    Great review! That’s definitely how I felt after reading this. And I agree that his books feel very smart. I think this is the best of all the books John Green’s written.

  9. Katie @ BlookGirl

    Were you at the signing last month? That’s where I bought my first John Green book (The Fault in Our Stars, of course) and caught a bit of the Nerdfighter fever ;-)

    Great review! I love meeting fellow Houstonian bloggers, so rock on, my dear! :) Will you be at any of the book signings this month for the Pitch Dark Days or Breathless Reads Tours? 

  10. April Haug

    I haven’t ready anything by John green yet. Im thinking this might end up being my first. I’m still new to reading contemporary, so I’m slowly working my way up to the deeper stuff.

    Love that first quote. <3

    In other none related news,  I found a dollar bill in the register at work today that had Boner written on it!

  11. Bookgoonie

    Excellente. You’ve got me chomping at the bit. I must read this…this month. OMgosh he really makes love sound like poetry.

  12. Estelle @ Rather Be Reading

    I am absolutely dying to get to this book. (Probably a terrible choice of words.) Loved your review & you picked out some great quotes. I think J Green is so so so so quote worthy. It makes me want to cry. In a good way.

  13. elena

    oh Augustus! I think about the line where he says I love you for the first time a lot. I am pretty sure I swooned in real life, it was so quiet and so perfect. I didn’t bawl like people either but I definitely cried! I think this is a cathartic book in a way and it’s so interesting to see how people feel after they read it. It really left me thoughtful and thankful too. 

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