Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

April 1, 2013 5 Stars, Reviews 3


Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 5 Stars
"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."

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

You know how you read a book that you find so absolutely incredible that once you’ve finished reading it, you just kind of stare blankly at the last page, the last sentence, and you’re both completely amazed by what you read and distraught by the fact that the book is over. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is that book. This book was so real, so undeniably true, and perfectly composed that I can’t help fawning over every single word. 

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars is beautiful, raw, and witty; the most intelligent and insightful book I’ve read in a long time, if not ever. I was constantly stunned by how humorous and honest the characters are. Hazel is so typical yet at the same time extraordinary. She is always a delight and I found it difficult not to identify with her. There are so many “No way! That’s something I would say or do!” moments where I couldn’t help thinking of how amazing it is that John Green captures realistic and believable characters so perfectly.

This was the type of book where you start off already expecting an ending, yet when it happens you are still shocked. I kept thinking “No! That can’t happen!’ even though I had known that it would happen from the start.green

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Overall: I have never learned so much from a book. Hazel is the type of person you wish you could be and Gus is the type of person you’d want to know and be best friends with. I am awestruck with how this book can be so humorous one moment then painfully heartbreaking the next. 

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About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

3 Responses to “Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green”

  1. kaseygiard

    I have been really wanting to read this book, and I think now I must! 🙂 I have read Looking For Alaska, but haven’t gotten to this one. Can’t wait to check it out!

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