The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Pages: 336
Source: purchased
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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.--Goodreads

Hazel has a tumor eating up her lungs and was only given a few months.  Miraculously, they found an experimental drug that seemed to be keeping her alive.  She attends a Support Group in the Heart of Jesus and meets Augustus Waters.  Augustus transforms Hazel’s life for good.

Book Blogger Confession: Before The Fault in Our Stars, I have never read a John Green novel.

After finishing this book, I am angry at myself for not reading any of his books before this.  John Green is a genius.  He writes elegantly and poetically.  When I read his work, I felt like a poet myself.  His diction and syntax flowed like a river dancing on pebbles.  (See, I am trying to impress you with my poetic skills… that is a joke; I am not a poet at all, not even close.)  John Green is not only a best-selling author, but also part of Vlogbrothers.  I discovered John and Hank’s Youtube channel the beginning of September 2011.  So I did go into this novel with somewhat high expectations because occasionally John Green shows off his incredible genius skills with videos called “Thoughts from Places.”  (Below is the one he created when he was in Amsterdam.)
When people would ask me what this book was about I would say something like, “It is about this girl.  Her name is Hazel.  She has cancer.”  People would stop me right there.  However, this book is so much more than that.  Hazel is this strong, young girl who is relatable and awesome.  She loves watching marathons of America’s Next Top Model, as do I.  She has an unforgettable attitude that grabs the reader’s attention.

The Fault in our Stars brought me to tears.  Cancer is a big topic these days and as much as this book wasn’t solely about cancer, it still had some reality of what it can do.  Cancer has touched most of our lives.  Still, Green took this topic and created it into a magnificent story that is not focused on cancer, but focused on transformation.

The Fault in our Stars is a beautifully-written piece of magic that belongs on everyone’s bookshelf.  If you haven’t read it yet, please go grab a copy because John Green will just blow you away with a touching story.

First Sentence:
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”
-The Fault in our Stars by John Green, p. 3

Rated PG-13 for brief language and adult content.
Cover: 4
Characters: 5
Plot: 4
Writing Style: 5
Ending: 5


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  1. Many of my friends told me how heart-wrenching this book was and I must hit my head on the wall for not reading it earlier!!! I can almost hear John Green's poetic and elegant writing! Your review made me very tempted to just make a mad dash for the bookstore NOW :D

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  2. Wonderful review of one of my favorite books!

  3. My first John Green novel as well!