Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Genres: Young Adult
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

Now a Major Motion Picture TODAY Book Club pick TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012 "The greatest romance story of this decade." —Entertainment Weekly -Millions of copies sold- #1 New York Times Bestseller #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller #1 USA Today Bestseller #1 International Bestseller #1 Indie Bestseller 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 brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Review

I am sure that you have either read or decided not to read The Fault in our Stars by now, so I’m just going to tell you that I loved it and let you know what I loved.

The first thing I loved was Gus. Augustus Waters is one of those characters that just makes you smile from the outside in. His humor is sarcastic but never cruel, and he is always the first one to make fun of himself in an effort to give his friends a laugh. He also doesn’t hesitate to say the most wonderfully romantic and poetic  things to the girl he loves, and the mushy female in me can’t help but melt because of that.

 Hazel Grace was just as likable as Gus. She was a bit more jaded because of her illness, but where you may expect her to be angry because she was sick, her cynicism came more from being gawked at and treated differently because she was sick.

both characters were stronger and wiser than they should have had to be at their age, but that strength and wisdom coupled with the innocence and joy that only people of a certain age can seem to experience, was just beautiful to read. The kids in this novel may be dying of cancer, but the story isn’t about them dying, it’s about how they lived.

Whenever I talk to anyone about this book, I always say, “I cried so hard towards the end of the book that I had a headache for two days, but it was worth every tear” and that is still the truth. I also laughed a lot more than I cried and learned a little bit about myself too. No, this book does not have a happy ending, but it is a very happy journey. I could never recommend anyone read this because it’s just not the type of book that everyone will enjoy. You have to be in a certain head space when you read it too. If you decide you want to find out what all the fuss is about, then all I can say is make sure you are ready to fall in love with every single character in this story, have lots and lots of tissues handy once you get close to the end, and give yourself time to read it at your own pace. You can’t rush through this book and get the most out of it, you have to slow down and enjoy the smallest details, not because it is difficult to read, but because you will miss something beautiful if you rush. In fact, this is a very easy book to read, and that is part of its charm. It is effortlessly beautiful.

I would recommend this book to–well no one and everyone. You know about the book, and you know if you would like it or not. If you are afraid that this book is depressing, then I can ease your mind. This is a Joyful and romantic with a sad yet lovely ending. Read it, and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Because of language and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.

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Author Biography

About John Green

John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.

In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload two videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. He is also an active Twitter user with more than 1.2 million followers.

Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.

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

  1. Augustus made me smile too and halfway through the book, I was already in love with him. Your review truly captures every emotion and moment every reader must have felt while reading this amazing book. Though I didn’t like Hazel very much, I still liked her stubbornness in some parts and yes, I did cry for two days as well.

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