My Thoughts on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenRelease Date: January 10, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
IBSN: 9780525478812
Blurb:

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.

 

I considered not reviewing this book because just about everyone has read it and loved it. But I really want to gush about just how incredible it is. (Just like everyone else) Because WOW it’s incredible. I’m not doing my usual review format…this will be more rambling adoration than anything else. I’m going to keep it short because the main point is I loved it and if you haven’t read it yet do so asap.

I’ve read Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska and while they were wonderfully written, smart books I didn’t love them. They lacked just a tiny bit of something that would have turned me into the devoted, adoring fan of his books. Thanks to Vlogbrothers I was already an adoring fan of John Green as a person. That meant I would definitely read anything he writes–although, I still need to read An Abundance of Katherines. Okay, I’ll just get to my point: This is probably one of the best books I have ever read.

The premise is relatively simple. A girl with terminal cancer meets a boy. But it’s so, so much more than that. I’ve read several books about someone dying or someone with cancer and they were good but The Fault in Our Stars is in a whole other category. Never have I read a book that made me feel so much. I laughed and I cried and I loved every second of it. Hazel and Augustus are the kinds of characters that get stuck in your head. You just think about them for days and weeks.

Nothing I say will come close to doing The Fault in Our Stars justice. It was the kind of book that I want everyone I know to read. I want to read it over and over again. Even though it’s sad and it will break your heart into a million pieces there’s also so much beauty in the book.

 

Comments

  1. Yes! I know RIGHT! The Fault In Our Stars is just… argh!!!! There’s no words to describe it. It’s just AMAZING! I cried until the end! And laugh and just… I never felt emotion that’s so RAW!
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  2. I completely agree. This has moved up to one of my favorite books of all time!
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  3. I fell like I am the only person who hasn’t read this book. I really, really need to. I have heard nothing but amazing things about it.
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  4. I’m with you all the way on this one! An absolutely fantastic book that I wanted to read again as soon as I finished it. :D

  5. Like everyone else I’ve seen this on just about everyone’s blog, but I don’t think I actually knew what it was about until just now. I seriously must try harder to get to it; it sounds wonderful! I’m so happy you enjoyed it so much!
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  6. this book is brilliant. my review for it was like a thank you post for John Green lol
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  7. I completely agree with everything in your review! I really loved this book and it seriously took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. This book was just amazing. Great review :)

  8. I approve of reviews that are full of love and adoration for a book! I know I need to read this, it’s sitting in my to-read pile but I keep putting it off because I cry during so many books so I can’t begin to imagine how much I’m going to cry during this because that’s all I keep reading about!

    And SNAP! We have a review of TFiOS on our blog today too! Great bloggers think alike :p
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  9. I’m reading this one next week. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things so I can’t wait!

  10. I’m a massive John Green fan but can’t quite bring myself to pick this up yet because I know I’ll be a great, slobbery mess. *sigh* I really want to…but I don’t, you know?
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  11. I started Looking for Alaska with the Forbidden Book Club over a month ago and I just didn’t really get into it. I only read 30 pages but it just didn’t really seem to be my style and even though I was only that far into it I was already seeing things I didn’t like. I guess I’m scared to try one of this books even though many people rave.

    Thanks for the great review!
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  12. It IS super hard to come up with what exactly makes the Fault In Our Stars incredible. Like, I just know I was head over heels in love with it and with Augustus and Hazel and Isaac. 

  13. I read this a few weeks ago and really loved it too. It was my first John Green novel and I am nervous to read another, what if it doesn’t hold up compared to this one?
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  14. I loved this book.  And I still find myself saying to my sister (who has also read it) “We are literally in Jesus’ heart.”  I love when a fictional character understands my dislike of the overuse  of the world “literally.”
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  15. YAY YAY YAY! I love this book SO MUCH! I’m like you, I’ve liked John Green’s books before but this one was absolutely unbelievably good. And definitely one that I’ll reread many times. I liked it so much I bought copies for friends and family. SO freaking good!
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  16. Zinedine says:

    This book over deliver on my expectations tenfold. It was a great refreshing after old Dean Koontz books…
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  17. I loved TFiOS too and kept having to remind myself to review properly, not just spout out a stream of babbling nonsense! I think what is so special about TFiOS is just how normal everything is. John Green shows us that these people aren’t somehow different or less normal because they’re suffering from cancer; they still deserve to be treated like humans. They are still people who have the same desires and emotions. And I think that provoked a really heartbreaking, heartwarming, visceral reaction in a lot of readers.
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  18. I started that book and almost finished it, but eventually I lost interest. I heard great reviews, though, so I think it’s just me! The last book I read was Into Thin Air and it was AWESOME. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to read a suspenseful and true story.

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