The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Review

 Title: The Fault in our Stars

 Author: John Green

 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 First Copyright Date: January 10th 2012

 Publisher:  Dutton Books

 Short Summary: 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.

5 Stars All The Way 

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

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A lot of people have probably said that this is the best book ever and that it is beautiful and it is, to be honest. When I first heard about this book I didn’t really know what it was about until a friend of mine had it. I immediately went to buy it and I fell in love all the way. I just loved it. It was different and beautifully written and very realistic. This book is a book that if you read it, it will always be in your heart and will never be forgotten.

Before I start my review, I have to say that this will be a brief review and if you want to read this book you have to be mentally prepared. It will blow you away and amaze you and its a book filled with life lessons.

So this is the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters.

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Hazel has lung cancer and she meets Augustus in a Support Group. They make the best book couple ever. I loved them as a couple.

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Hazel Grace is the main character of this book. She is intelligent, funny, a great daughter and a very strong kid. I loved her sarcastic attitude sometimes. It made me laugh, but in general I just loved her. She was a book worm like me.

“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.”

And then:

“There is only one thing in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer”

The there is Augustus Waters. He was just so amazing. I loved him. He was funny, smart, positive, always happy, and a good friend to Hazel Grace.

“Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence”

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Hazel Grace loves a book called An Imperial Affliction. I have to confess that when I read about this in the book i thought it was a real book. Sadly it isn’t. I wish it was though.

So she tells Augustus about it and he starts reading the book. He immediately loves it and tells Hazel.

“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”

Then there is Isaac. He is Augustus best friend who has cancer in his eyes and he was really funny to me.

These are some topics i thought the book was about: Love, friendship, cancer, hope, life, pain, and infinities.

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So the rest of the story is about how Hazel loves the author of An Imperial Affliction. She decides to send him a letter asking him why he decided to not end the book. His assistant decides to invite them to Amsterdam and Augustus decides to give Hazel his cancer wish, so they can go together.

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.” 

They finally go to Amsterdam where Augustus confesses his love for her while on the plane:

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

They arrive at Amsterdam where something surprising happens. I won’t spoil it for you.

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

I loved this book. I mean LOVED it. I fell so in love with the book. I laughed through the whole book. I know its a sad book that’s supposed to be about cancer but somehow the author made it funny and he made the characters so intelligent and amazing in their own way. This was an awesome book. That will forever be in my heart.

When I read this book i couldn’t stop. It made me realize that there is more to the world. That there is love and pain. That there is sadness and happiness. And that things happen with no explanation at all. And it made me realize many things and that cancer is a real thing.

I had three family members that died of cancer and one right now that has cancer. So I know what this book is talking about and I know what it feels like to loose someone you love so much.

This is the best LOVE story book I have ever read. The BEST book I have ever read. The MOST beautiful book I have ever read. And the most SADDEST book I have ever read. In conclusion it is a must read. It made me laugh and cry and realize things. It also taught me many things. It also left me speechless. I just thought that this author was really intelligent and the best one so far.

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John Green deserves MANY rounds of applause’s and he is a fucking genius. I mean it. :

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Quotes I loved:

“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”

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“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.”

“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”

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37 thoughts on “The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Review

  1. I’m familiar with John Green’s excellent Youtube channel (I really recommend it), but I didn’t know he was a writer too. I must get a copy of this

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  2. I could totally tell what effect this book had one you, reading this review! I admit to not having read this book, but I really want to. I guess I am just afraid that John Green will disappoint…

    Great (and not very short 😛 ) review!

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  6. Hi, I just noticed this review and wondered if you would like to link it in to the current monthly collection of books that people loved on Carole’s Chatter. This is the link There are already over 25 books linked in that you might be interested in. It would be great if you came on over. Cheers

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  7. Just finished it. So, so moved by it. I even used today’s entry for it. I heard this song and it just reminds me so much of my book. http://alexraphael.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/lines-of-the-day-youth/
    I’m not sure whether to lend it to my girlfriend. It’s such a wonderful book with an incredible love, but it it just so sad. It’s lingered with me since finishing it. All the lines you mention are great. I need to find that bit which includes “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” It’s just such an incredible piece of writing.

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    • Wow…great thoughts! I knew you would love it :). I need to hear that song. The lyrics sound great and I think it matches the book. Will you write a review? You should! I think you should lend it to your girlfriend…it is sad but its a book that should be read and known. I have lend it to everyone I know and they love it :D. There’s a movie coming out on June…I am going to write a post about it soon. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. I’ll have a look after I’ve written it up. I find it harder to write reviews than you do so I need extra rewards ha. Look out for Monday’s line of the Day. It’ll be my fave lines from the book.

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  10. Incredible review that does a beautiful book justice. You covered all the many aspects I loved. It’s a gift that keeps giving because it is so layered, you keep thinking about it! And I don’t know why, but I just loved that her name was Hazel Grace. The actors in the movie do the characters justice…young love even in it’s briefest moments…Great job Reading Girl!

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