Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (5 stars)

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Dutton Books

Pages: 316

Published: January 10th, 2012

Links: Amazon |  Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble

Author Links:  Goodreads  |  Website  |  Twitter

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.

Let me begin by saying that I originally had no intention of reading this book.  But then I had multiple people tell me that it was quite possibly the best book they’ve read all year…or ever.  Okay.  So, when I finally decided to pick up the book (which took several trips to the bookstore, since it always seemed to be out of stock), I was prepared to be disappointed.

I wasn’t.

THE FAULTS OF OUR STARS wasn’t the best book ever, but it deserved the massive hype.

It’s refreshing to read a book where the teenagers aren’t dumbed down into hormonal, whiny, selfish, depressed characters.  In most YA books, the focus is either on survival or romance.  In THE FAULTS OF OUR STARS, the characters already know they’re going to lose the battle against cancer, so all they have to do is wait.

I liked the philosophical debates between Hazel and Augustus.  Considering that they don’t have any of the normal teenage activities to keep them busy like schoolwork, prom, or sports, it makes sense that they’d spend more time pondering the reason for their existence.  My older brother was like that in high school.  He had no interest in “normal” teenage activities and spent most of his time doing calculus for fun and debating scientific theories.  What I’m saying is that there are teenagers out there that do talk like they do in THE FAULTS IN OUR STARS, so I, personally, had no problem with the philosophy or SAT vocabulary.

The author has a unique writing style that implies a lot and ventures into territory that most authors wouldn’t dare.  His characters are politically uncorrect and make jokes that are only funny in inner circles.  If you were to read sections of this book aloud, out of context. people will think you’re a heartless bastard.  How dare you make jokes about a one-legged man or a blind cancer kid!?

The romance between Hazel and Augustus is atypical, yet touching to witness.  They know that when one or both goes that there’s only a handful of people that will remember them.  They don’t have the time or energy to change the world, but I think that the author managed to make these characters immortal in his writing.  People will remember THE FAULTS IN OUR STARS long after the war with cancer is lost.

BTW, I didn’t cry.  I did laugh through parts and the ending made me sad, but it takes a lot to make me cry.

rating A

(I purchased this book from my local bookstore.)

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10 comments

  1. I’m so glad you liked this Lizzy! I loved TFIOS and trust me, I cried enough for both of us, copious amounts of tears. But I am a crier. I cry at Youtube wedding videos, Hallmark commercials, and of course, John Green books. I didn’t have a problem with the vocabulary either, I’ve known several teenagers who talk that way. Awesome review! Have you read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by Green? That’s one of my favorites by him.
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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one, it is one that I have been avoiding, it just sounds so emotional. Great review.
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  3. I’m glad you gave it a chance because I absolutely LOVE this book! I’m glad I read it when it was first released, before the hype started, because I may not have read it after that. I’m ready for a reread!
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  4. I’ve seen so much praise for this book. Unfortunately, I just don’t know if I’ll ever get around to read it but it does seem like a safer bet for enjoyment if I ever do!
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  5. It took me a very long time before I actually read TFioS as well, Lizzy, and it was also because of the hype. I truly loved the story, though, and like you, I found it refreshing to read about teen-agers who acted and talked the way Hazel and Augustus did. I have teenagers myself, and they’re pretty smart; they can have a discussion about most things with us adults and I always go away from those feeling that it was a good exchange.

    Happy reading :)
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  6. I’m really looking forward to reading this one, Lizzy. I’m glad you kinda stepped out of your comfort zone and weren’t disappointed. Thanks for sharing your lovely review. :)
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  7. Tfios hurt my heart in the best way. It’s not my favorite book but I love it nonetheless.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  8. Even though I read this book ages ago, I still love reading other people’s reviews on it. I absolutely loved the Hazel/Augustus dynamic

  9. My friend who introduced me to John Green and I were talking about our responses to his books. I think the first book you read is what sticks with you the most. I read Looking For Alaska first and I felt like TFiOS had nothing on that one. I truly loved LFA, but this one was just flat.

    I HIGHLY recommend A Monster Calls. It’s one of my favourite books of the year!

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