26 September 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Published: 10 January 2012 by Dutton

Pages: 313 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Realistic, Contemporary

Source: Own Library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts

I bought this book a few months ago, but it took me a while to build up the courage to read it. Reading about cancer is a difficult thing for me to do, as cancer has touched my own life several times and the subject hits pretty close to home. But upon seeing nothing but glowing reviews for The Fault in Our Stars, I knew that I had to read it.

Both Hazel and Augustus are fantastic characters - perfectly suited to each other, their personalities are both smart and sarcastic, a combination that I love. Hazel's negativity is sympathetically portrayed - in a girl that isn't living on borrowed time it would be irritating, but for someone that has lived with a spectre over their head for years, it's understandable and refreshing - anyone that lives with a ticking clock would struggle to be positive and sunny all the time.

I particularly enjoyed the trip to Amsterdam that they took (the mention of the town that I live in had me tickled pink), because I knew the places they went to and the experiences they had were pretty close to reality. Those trees in autumn really screw with my allergies.

John Green writes a simple story, but keeps the focus on the characters and their experiences, both good and bad. The Fault in Our Stars is nothing if not a page turner, and I challenge anyone not to care deeply for the characters, and to keep their emotions in check whilst reading this.

As a book about battling cancer, it's not all fun times and puppies, but even the sadder moments are written sympathetically, without being condescending. And although this was a difficult book for me to read, I'm so glad I overcame my fears and took the plunge.


  1. Oh wow! I'm a John Green fan myself, but I haven't read this one yet. I'm afraid that it would not reach my high expectations. Also- the story would probably break my heart! I'm so glad that you took the plunge though. I hope I can get the courage to do the same myself :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

    1. It was actually my first ever John Green read!

  2. I have heard nothing but great things about The Fault in Our Stars. I may have to overcome my fears about it, too.

    1. Just stock up on tissues and you'll be fine :)

  3. They mentioned your hometown? That's so awesome. I'm glad John Green got Amsterdam about right, and I'm sorry the trees try to make you die. That's so rude of them!

    Yay! You loved this one too! *high fives*

    1. I read the part where it was mentioned like three times I was so excited. Damn trees *gives them evils*.

  4. I keep hearing nothing but rave reviews for this book and I'm like you--a little hesitant to read it because cancer has touched my life in a very real way too. Let me just be frank here... I will totally cry. And I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that. I do like how you said Green keeps it real with his characters and it's not always rainbows and roses. I have an immense appreciation for that style of writing, for sure. Great review!

    1. I won't lie, it wasn't easy to read. And my own experiences did make it much more intense, but also more appreciative of the way that John Green didn't pull any punches and try and make it too lighthearted. But it was kind of a release to overcome my hesitation.

  5. I just loved this book. John Green wrote it so perfectly, it would have been so easy for it to have fallen completely flat, but it didn't. It's one of the more difficult books I've read in terms of the subject matter, but I'm so pleased that I did. Great review!

  6. I have this book - I even have it signed but I haven't read it yet for two reasons.

    One - I don't wanna cry lol

    Two - I'm afraid I'm expecting too much from all the awesome reviews and it won't live up to it.

    It hunk I'm going to wait until I have forgotten what everyone has said about and pick it up out of the blue.

  7. I loved this book so much. It's not my favorite of John Green's novels, but it didn't disappoint either. I love his writing and his ability to inject humor into a serious subject but not in a way that makes you feel like he's making light of, or taking anything away from the story that he's trying to tell.

  8. I totally understand you. But I'm glad you gave it a chance! The Fault in Our Stars was amazing :)



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