The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Reason for Reading:
  • I have had this book pre-ordered for months.  I was SO happy to see it the day it arrived.

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Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Review:

If perfection can be achieved in a book, then The Fault in Our Stars has achieved it.

I am overwhelmed by how much this story affected me. Even more so now that I’m studying many of the techniques used by John Green in writing this book.

I’m not sure why I would ever feel compelled to pick up a story about a teenager who is struggling with terminal cancer, but John Green’s name has carrying power, and so I did. What I did not expect was the bittersweet humor that was injected into every. single. page.

Seriously, for a book that (you would think) has a foregone conclusion (this is exactly what I thought when I picked it up – no spoiler here), would you expect to be laughing while wiping away tears? I expected the tears, but not the laughter.

Hazel’s voice is so genuine that it gives me this pleasant pain in my heart to remember it. I get the pain because I miss her. She is someone I want to know, and I somewhat resent the fact that she is merely a figment of Green’s imagination. It isn’t fair.

What else isn’t fair about this book is the brilliant method in which Green puts a book into the book, and the idea.. well, read the book. I was astonished. My jaw literally dropped. So, so brilliant.

Filled with twists and turns – you cannot take any moment for granted in this beautiful book. I highly recommend you check it out as soon as possible.

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7 Responses to “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. I just bought this book and can’t wait to read it. I haven’t read any of John Green’s books but the premise for this one just interested me. I am glad to hear that you loved it.

  2. Oh my gosh!!! I had seen this but apparently had no idea what it was about! Now I want to read this so bad!!!

  3. Sigh, this book. I was expecting a lot from it (I also pre-ordered months in advance), and it not only met but exceeded all those expectations. Laugh, cry, repeat. Then cry some more.

  4. God, this had been sitting on my shelf since I got it at one of his tour events. I call myself a John Green fan and I haven’t even read it yet! I’ve got to get to that book!

    Great review. I’m so glad it’s getting received so well.

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