Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

YoungAdultReview

Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

# Of Pages: 313

Publisher: Dutton Books

Publication Date: January 10th 2012

Source: Borrowed

Rating: 4 Hearts


Synopsis

(From Goodreads)

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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 tumors 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.

My Verdict

I think I may literally be one of the last people on planet Earth to read A Fault In Our Stars. I’m going to keep this review fairly short because there is nothing I could say that hasn’t already been said.

The characters in this book felt so real it’s insane. The dialogue between Hazel & Augustus is pretty much what made the whole book for me. I felt like the two of them spoke their own language, it was strange, quirky, philosophical, and almost always guaranteed to make you laugh.

After I finished the book, the first thing I did was Google whether or not An Imperial Affliction was a real book. Deep down I knew the answer was no, but I was trying to sustain my disbelief because I really, really wanted it to be real. I wanted to read this spectacular book that meant so much to both Hazel & Augustus. I wanted to connect with them even more through this book they both loved.

My one eensy, weensy, microscopic complaint was that some of the chapters were gargantuously long. The only reason this bothered me is because I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to stop reading in the middle of a chapter. So on nights I only had time for a little reading before bed it always turned into a lot of reading because some of the chapters took like half an hour.

In conclusion, while I am happy I finally read this book and enjoyed it very much, I just didn’t fall head over heals in love with it like most people seemed to. Did I really enjoy it? YES. Do I want to read it over and over and name it my favorite book of 2013? No.

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20 thoughts on “Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

  1. I think everyone googled if An Imperial Affliction was real (;
    I wouldn't say it's a favorite of mine either but I absolutely loved it.
    Hazel and Augustus made the whole book for me too. The way they spoke to each other is very much like the author who I adore. I just wish I could bottle their wit and banter.
    Lovely review (:

  2. I have yet to read a book by John Green but I always read about how amazing his books are. Glad you liked it. I want to try one because of all the great things people say about them but because of that same reason I am hesitant to try it.

  3. Don't worry you are not the last one to read this book… sadly, I still have not read it. I plan to read it this summer. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to finally read it. You wrote a great short and sweet review for this one. 🙂

  4. No worries about being late to the game – the important thing is that you got there eventually. 🙂 I agree that the dialogue was so unrealistic for two teens, but it didn't even matter because it was so great and touching and hilarious. And, like you, I have yet to find a John Green book that I love, although I did think this was good.

  5. I read this book a few months ago, and I had similar thoughts. I really liked it, but it wasn't a favorite and while it was emotional, it didn't quite have the SAME emotional connection I have with all my 5 star reads. Looking for Alaska is the only other John Green book I've read, and THAT one is a 5 star read for sure.

  6. You're not the last! 🙂 I haven't read this one either, or any John Green books for that matter! This one sounds really good though and the characters feeling so real is something that would draw me to this. Great review!

  7. Now I might possibly be the only person left on earth who hasn't read this book yet… And I want to. I've never read any of John Green's books before, but I've always thought he was super funny and smart. Thanks for saying that while you enjoyed it it wasn't quite your favorite book in the whole wide world ever. Too many people act like this book is god's gift. I'm not saying it isn't, maybe it is, but it's setting up impossibly high expectations and I don't want the hype to ruin this books for me, you know? Anyway, thanks for the honest review!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  8. Lol, I also googled An Imperial Affliction….don't worry, I only read the book about 2 weeks before you! I balled like a baby( it doesn't help that I'm always an emotional wreck in books or movies). This was my first John Green books, but I am so excited now to check out his other novels!

    Awesome review!

  9. I was afraid this would happen because everyone's hyped it up so much. It was really great but not a 5 star for me either. I'll have to add Looking for Alaska to my TBR!

  10. Obviously I had heard of him before, but I feel like this book just totally exploded all over the place. It's now impossible not to know who he is. I totally understand your hesitation!

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