The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

May 6, 2015 Reviews 6

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Dutton Books on January 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 313
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

INSIGHTFUL, BOLD, IRREVERENT, AND RAW, The Fault in Our Stars is an award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

I’m not intelligent enough to write this review. I say that, despite feeling fairly confident in my own intelligence. But of all the things I thought I’d be saying after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, it wasn’t “that was a damn smart book!” But I’m saying it.

The Fault In Our Stars makes you think, hard, about living and death. In the ways I think everyone who ever gets that terrifying cancer diagnosis does – I assume at least. A cancer survivor myself, I know I thought about it a lot and still do – though never as intelligently as Hazel and Augustus do. And I was – and am – way older than them. But they’re smarter – and not in an annoying, “no way these are teenagers way.” They’re just smart, good people. Which is why knowing from the get-go that they are cursed with the big C totally sucks.

And yet, The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t depressing like I expected. In fact, one of the first things I told my brother when I INSISTED he read it was that it was hilarious. I do think a certain amount of familiarity with existential theory and philosophy in general increased my enjoyment, but it certainly wasn’t necessary.

Of course it wasn’t JUST hilarious. I totally sobbed. Ugly tears. And here’s the best bit though—-> at one point I was crying WHILE laughing.

So yeah, cancer sucks. The Fault In Our Stars totally didn’t. And now I can finally watch the movie and hope it did the book justice. (Update since writing this review: I watched the movie and was happy with it, thought the book was better. Of course!) Oh, and if you haven’t read this yet – hurry up!

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About John Green

John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.


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6 Responses to “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

  1. Terri M., the Director

    I love this book. I love this movie. My husband actually took me to see the movie and I cried…a lot…even though I knew EXACTLY what was coming. My husband asked me why I like to read sad books and watch sad movies. I told him that TFiOS isn’t exactly sad. It’s happy and amazing that two people so young found that once in a life time love and were able to live it to the fullest with the time they had. *sniffs*

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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    My son read this last year and is still on me to read it. He told me “as a mom, you’re going to find it disturbing but you’ll still love it.” He’s even read the book about the girl who inspired TFiOS. I promised to read it this summer. I didn’t know you were a cancer survivor. I can see how that would make this story have quite an effect on you.

    5 more days, Berls!

  3. Ramona

    I didn’t know that about you, Berls. It only makes me love you that much more. You’re amazing, I’ve got that since the first time we started exchanging correspondence! Yes, I laugh-cried through this too. It’s really amazing. Have you read Before I Die by Jenny Downham? You should. It’s life-changing… Hugs <3
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