Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


11870085The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Summer, Cancer, Ilness, Romance, Friendship, Family, Life, Dreams

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BLURB:

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 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.

REVIEW:

I’m just going to sit here, write my review and pretend there aren’t already 100 179 reviews for The Fault in Our Stars posted on this incredible online community (Goodreads).

Let’s start, shall we?

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First of all, I didn’t cry. I know many of you did, and I can understand why, I really can. But, the thing is… this book has a balanced atmosphere. It’s both sad and full of life. During my reading, I concentrated on the joyful parts and the humour. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel crushed by the ‘cancer’ part.

The number of times I laughed out loud or giggled are uncountable.

Of course, there were some times when I felt my eyes burn because what happens in this book is not fair. Then again, is life ALWAYS fair for any of us? Hint: no.

Hazel is such an honest main character. At first, I thought it was impossible she had cancer. Sometimes, I even forgot she had cancer! She accepts it and I began to accept it as well. I rarely read books with diseases or heavy subjects in fact, so loving this book wasn’t in my pre-read expectations.

BUT, I DID.

OH, I DID.

Will I re-read this book?

YES, YES AND YES.

I’m not the queen of re-readings, I know a queen of re-readings and it’s definitely not me. I’m way too excited about newly released books or ones I’m dying to read and haven’t to take the time to re-read books. In fact, I think I only re-read 12 books in my entire life. And that was when I was younger and didn’t know Goodreads existed, hehe.

However, I know that, when I’m going to re-read The Fault in Our Stars, I’ll appreciate it even more than I do now, fall harder in love with Augustus and feel an even greater connection to Hazel.

The originality of this book is beyond amazing. I kept thinking, ”how did John Green manage to invent all of that?” He’s a fantastic author with an impressive writing style and choice of words. I’m so eager to read his other novels, in occurrence Looking for Alaska of which I heard only great things; it has a big amount of raving reviews.

Hazel’s family is adorable and full of love. She’s so lucky to grow up surrounded by such comfortable and loving parents. I rarely see similar families in real life but they do exist so, yes, the story is also a believable one. Even the ‘author’ inside it feels real.

In conclusion to this 100 180th review of The Fault in Our Stars, I recommend this novel to you with all my heart. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did and find it inspiring and beautiful as well.

Note: I read and reviewed this book two years ago. However, since it was one of the first books I had ever reviewed, I decided to take a look at it and update it – properly organize my thoughts.

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12 thoughts on “Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. This is an excellent book. There’s a quote in the book about telling a sad story in a funny way, and Green pulls it off. It’s the bed of his books I’ve read so far.

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  2. Hey Lola,

    I read this perhaps a year, or two, ago. I didn’t cry either, even though I feel like I should because I have experienced family members who battle with cancer. Perhaps I see their fight, and find this fictional one likable but not deeply sorrowful. I do remember enjoying the really smart dialogue between the two protagonists. Great review!

    Lonna @ FLYLēF (www.flylef.com)

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  3. This is the only John Green book I’ve read and I loved it. But I kind of don’t want to read more John Green. I just want to bask in the perfection of this.

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