Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsTitle: The Fault in Our Stars (Amazon
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Sensuality Rating: Mild
Source: won
January 2012 by Dutton Books

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 read this book over a month ago but it’s taken me so long to review it because of all of the feelings that I have for it. The Fault in Our Stars has to have been one of my two favourite reads so far this year. The premise was intriguing and John Green delivered with a novel that made me laugh, scream and sob.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel has managed to be granted a miracle in her life. When she was twelve, she was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer and was prepared to die, but thanks to a drug trial, her tumors shrunk and she was allowed to live on with her life; a miracle! But then she meets Augustus Waters and the world that she’s been living in starts to completely change around her.

Oh gosh, I don’t even know where to begin. I initially had no intention to read this until I could get a copy from the library, but I won a copy of this book from a giveaway and couldn’t resist the urge to start reading the second I got it. I finished this book the day I started it, refusing to set it down throughout the first half and constantly setting it down through the rest of it.

I wasn’t sure how John Green was going to handle writing a novel in a female point of view, especially since all of his previous novels have featured males as the main characters, but I was so, so impressed with the writing. It’s definitely his best novel yet. Between the way he wrote Hazel’s character (her personality was wonderful) and Augustus Waters’s characterization as a whole (not only did he sound adorable, but he had such a kind, caring, wonderful personality) the novel was one of the best reads I’ve had the pleasure to read.

The beginning of the novel was so entertaining and funny. Being in Hazel’s mind was so fun because you could tell that she was a well-planned character that was developed and likeable. Once she met Augustus, that was it. I was hooked completely, and I sat for hours, just reading every bit of the way. Of course, when I reached the point that John Green is infamous for, it broke my heart. While reading from that point on, I was crying the entire time. Sobbing, even.

The Fault in Our Stars hit me so hard that I almost fear rereading it in the future because of all of the feelings that will appear when I reread it. I can’t imagine going into this again while knowing what’s going to happen in the novel. In fact, I think I would start crying upon reading the first page. This novel has hurt my heart in so many ways but it’s also made me so happy, and if you’re looking for a novel that you’ll want to declare your new favourite novel, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of TFioS and read it. Even though it’s heartbreaking, you won’t regret it.

Rhee’s Rating:
5 Frogs

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  1. TFiOS is one I don't think I could re-read (despite it having an honored space on my shelf) because of all those emotions. I adored the characters and was so sad to leave them (or for them to leave me in some cases;) ) but I just don't think I'm emotionally strong enough to re-read it. I cried like a baby.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

    1. I second everything you've said. There were so many emotions that were just so overwhelming, but I don't regret reading it because I loved it more than most of the books I've read this year. Maybe someday in the far future, when I've had time to process all of the emotions there will be a re-read. Maybe.

  2. I love your review of this book. This was my first John Green book (have since read two more of his) and it is definitely one of my favorites of this year and a favorite overall. So many laughs and so many tears, but SO worth the read.

    1. Which others have you read? I agree about the favourites. It's so worth the read but it's so heartbreaking that a reread is almost out of the question.

    2. I've read "Looking for Alaska" & "Will Grayson Will Grayson". I liked both of those, but Will Grayson a little bit more of the two. TFiOS is still my favorite though. I will be ordering Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines soon :-)

    3. I wrote you back a couple days ago, but I'm not sure where my response went :( Just wanted to let you know that the other books I read of his were "Looking for Alaska" & Will Grayson Will Grayson". I liked both of them (Will Grayson a little bit more of the two), but TFiOS is still my favorite. I will be ordering "An Abundance of Katherines" & "Paper Towns" too :-)

    4. I agree - Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a great read. Loved it! I need to read more of this author's books.

  3. This sounds like a good read. I'll have to prepare myself though. I need boxes of tissues to get through this one.

  4. I can hardly wait to read this book. LOVED your review!

    1. Get on it! It'll shatter your heart but it'll be so worth it!

      And thank you! (:

  5. This book was so, so amazing...I hardly had enough coherent words to write my review.

  6. I still haven't read any of John Green's books but everyone says they are tearjerkers. It's not my typical type of read but I'm really tempted to pick it up. Thanks for the heartfelt review.

  7. I loved TFiOS! I read the book in one day, then passed it on to my cousin. I picked this up immediately after finishing Looking for Alaska - talk about a double whammy! These two books have become my two favorite books. I have yet to review them on my lil' book blog, but hope to add them this weekend.



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