Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Pub. Date: 10th January 2012
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 336
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★
Buy: Hardback
More: Goodreads

If, somehow, you’ve managed to avoid the flurry of excitement about John Green’s latest novel, here is a quick synopsis from Amazon:

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.

I originally wasn’t going to pre-order The Fault in Our Stars when I first heard about it back in July. Shocking huh? But I had good reason: I hadn’t read any of John Green’s books. I decided that enough was enough and hesitantly picked up Paper Towns, which I ended up loving and it’s now one of my favourite books. I’d never particularly been a fan of young adult contemporary literature but Paper Towns changed that. I decided that John Green definitely was worth reading and so quickly bought all his novels, including The Fault in Our Stars.

Six long months later, it’s finally here, and it was worth waiting for. I read it, like everyone else I’ve seen, in less than 24 hours. It’s a book that deserves a big chunk of your precious time (and not only because it’ll drain you emotionally!). It’s very typically John Green in that it’s wonderfully written, occasionally humorous, intelligent, but also very, very sad. John Green once again manages to perfectly capture the essence of being a teenager, but he does it this time through the voice of a female 16-year-old called Hazel Lancaster.

The Fault in Our Star‘s brilliance is mainly due to its characters. I adored Hazel. She’s a fantastic voice and very witty (for example, see this typography quote video by Priscilla @ The Readables, which actually could be interpreted as being very bleak, but I loved its straightforward honesty).  I also loved Hazel’s unrelenting passion for books. Augustus Waters is also a fantastic character, and a perfect match for Hazel. The journey they go on is both a beautiful one and a sad one, although I don’t think it’s depressing. It’s heartbreaking, but not just because it’s a “cancer story”. It’s down to the brutal honesty about the meaning of human experience and human existence.

The Fault in Our Stars is a novel well worth reading. I really, really wish I had ordered the audiobook of John Green reading the book himself because he truly understands the characters he has created.

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

  1. Great review! It really is a fantastic book.

  2. I’ve been looking forward to your review- I’m glad you liked it!

    • I found this review harder to write than most! Like you said in your review, it’s very personal. I don’t think I’m going to post it on Tumblr, but I’m not sure why!

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  11. the Unlocking Key

    Heard so many people talk about it and a movie is coming soon for this book. I haven’t read it yet but have always wanted to get a copy of it. After reading this review, i think i should.

    • You’ll definitely want to read the book before the movie as I imagine it’ll be quite faithful to the book. Apparently they’re using every word of dialogue that’s in the book, in the movie.

      • the Unlocking Key

        Oh wow. Every dialogue that’s in the book, in the movie. That’s really cool and sure, i’ll get the book soon.

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