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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars By John Green

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars By John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: 3rd Jan 2013
Goodreads 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.

The Fault in Our Stars Review

Usually after I’ve read a book, I immediately try to throw some thoughts down on a page so writing the review is easier, but I couldn’t do that with this book because I was too busy rolling around on my bed wailing.

I’ve seen so much hype about The Fault in Our Stars on the blogosphere and well, in life, but to be honest, if it hadn’t come through my letter box, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. That said, when it did come through my letter box I was ecstatic. I texted all my friends and ran around the house for a bit, a feat I don’t think any other review copy has managed.

The Fault in Our Stars follows the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a lung cancer patient – though, she probably wouldn’t be very happy if she heard me defining her by her disease like that. After she is diagnosed with depression, she is forced to attend a support group where she meets Augustus Walters, a gorgeous and muscly boy who for some unknown reason (to her) is interested in her. They develop a close relationship and I can’t really tell you much more without ruining parts of the story.

The Fault in Our Stars is written from the perspective of Hazel and her narrative is really witty and funny. I love that both Hazel and Augustus are so accepting of the disease that is such a huge part of their lives. Neither of them are self-pitying but nor are they unrealistically ok with what’s obviously a highly traumatic thing to go through. Both of them are determined to live their lives as normal teenagers and it’s really saddening to watch them struggle to this. These characters are so inspirational and if I ever met anyone like them I would be completely blown away.

The romance between Augustus and Hazel was one of the most beautiful relationships I’ve ever seen develop. This wasn’t insta-love and there aren’t many PDAs or anything like that but you can see a real connection between the pair of them. I also can’t imagine any other couple making ‘okay’ a flirty word. These two kids really care about each other and for lack of a better phrase, they have such banter together. There aren’t that many huge romantic gestures or anything silly like that in this book and to them hanging out and playing video games is just as good a past time as any which I really loved (and not just because I love video games).

I’ve read other people’s reviews of The Fault in Our Stars and they said that they could see the end coming, but I couldn’t. I think perhaps I was in a state of self denial and was convinced that things would all turn out the way they had in my head, but they most certainly did not. The ending to this story was one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read, ever.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I expected a sad story but not one that would make me want to rip my heart out of my chest. I can’t tell you how many times I cried whilst reading this book. There is a certain point in this book where I just couldn’t contain myself anymore and full on sobbing ensued. This must be one of the most painful stories to read if you’ve had any experience with sick relatives and I honestly can’t imagine what state I would’ve been in if I had.

I’ve never read any John Green books before but the general consensus seems to be that The Fault in Our Stars is his best novel yet. This is such an emotional rollercoaster and it is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve ever read. This book is just so real and raw and the writing itself is just so darn brilliant. I tried to write some sort of coherent review and reign the fan-girl in but I think she’s about to pop out. Basically, all I really wanted to say is… akhkahfbkafhgkhsdjbahlkhfahAMAZINGakghkafhahjdhfgksdhfgkdfjhgkhd.

Thanks again to whoever sent me this review copy. There wasn’t a note, but I’m assuming it was Puffin!

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  1. Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian
    10th February 2013 / 10:37 PM

    Amazing review, Laura!! I cannot believe I haven't had the chance to read this one yet because it sounds so mind-blowing (even though it's a weeper). Love the sound of the realistic, yet strong characters and the romance too! Aren't there always those books that makes us want to go sdlifjlw3ijflkj at the end <3 Thanks for sharing your lovely review with us, and thanks for stopping by too!

    ~ Vivian

    • Laura Hartley
      12th February 2013 / 10:18 PM

      Thanks so much Viv 🙂 I'd definitely recommend that you read it ASAP!

  2. Sel
    11th February 2013 / 4:04 AM

    Oh, wow! I'm one of those who put off reading this book for the longest of times, and it's still sitting quietly on my shelf, waiting to be picked up. I think I'm probably going to read it soon (I bought it after seeing it on so many top ten lists for 2012) because I think I would love a book that will make me feel so emotionally invested in its characters, inspire me and make me bawl my eyes out 🙂

    Thank you for the great review! I loved it and I think I will be reading it so much sooner than expected *grins*

    • Laura Hartley
      12th February 2013 / 10:17 PM

      Me too! I always leave things on my shelf convinced that they're not as good as people say they are and then they turn out to be better!
      Read it read it reaaaad it! I'll be looking for your review ;P

  3. Sarah Elizabeth
    11th February 2013 / 9:01 AM

    I still haven't read this one, not sure I can handle it!

    • Laura Hartley
      12th February 2013 / 10:19 PM

      To be honest, I didn't think I would be able to either, but it's just too good not to read!

  4. Brandi Kosiner
    11th February 2013 / 7:43 PM

    The relationship sounds beautiful… and the emotional aspect sound so well done.
    Great review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    • Laura Hartley
      12th February 2013 / 10:20 PM

      It really is 🙂 I don't understand how such a funny man can write such emotional stories!

  5. Megan K.
    12th February 2013 / 2:25 AM

    Huh, I put off reading this for a LONG time, despite all the rave reviews it had been getting. But now I'm sure I'd really like to read it! I'm a huge fan of emotional books (I mean, who doesn't love a good cry, right?), so I think THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I will hit off pretty well!

    Great review, Laura!

    • Laura Hartley
      12th February 2013 / 10:18 PM

      Read it!! I always put things off too but this should not be one of those books! I love books that make me cry too – is it weird to WANT to cry? haha

  6. CK
    18th March 2013 / 10:43 PM

    OMG. This book made me cry so hard! I had cried over only one book ever before this, and that was top-notch drama! I guess, this one was, too, 'cause I cried non-stop towards the end.

  7. Ashfa
    7th June 2013 / 12:22 PM

    I don't cry when I read books, but this one made me cry buckets. Great book and I'm a fan for life now. Reading Paper towns now.

    • Laura Hartley
      14th April 2014 / 6:14 PM

      Ahh I really want to read his other books! I currently own Will Grayson, Will Grayson, An Abundance of Katherines and Let It Snow but I've only read the latter and it was awesome! Hope you enjoyed Paper Towns 🙂

  8. Veronika
    2nd October 2013 / 4:57 PM

    The Fault in Our Stars was my first John Green book as well and I cried like a baby! I loved it so much! The book is really unique and honest, and I loved how strong Hazel and Gus were!

  9. karin
    21st March 2014 / 4:57 PM

    I loved that book ! it was amazing!

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