Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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. (From Goodreads.)
A Little Background…
I LOVE John Green. So let me just get that out there before I talk about this book. I’ve read several of his books and my favorites before reading The Fault in Our Stars were Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
But before I loved his books, I loved the vlogs he and his brother, Hank, made (and continue to make). Seriously, these guys are funny, smart, and my kind of nerdy. Check out their YouTube site, Vlogbrothers, and if you’re not sure where to start, search for “Fitness for Nerds” and “Make-Up Tutorial: Katniss Everdeen Look,” and you’ll find the first two videos of theirs that I ever watched, which still happen to be some of my favorite videos.
My love for John, of course, had an affect on my thoughts on this book. But don’t worry – if I hadn’t liked it I wouldn’t say that I had just because I love John Green. But guess what – I loved it!
This book is so beautifully written, as are all of John’s books. It’s kind of funny, actually, because normally when I read books that I am in awe of, I’m like, “Man, I wish I had come up with that idea,” and I kind of get envious. But with John’s writing, I just kind of recognize that I will never write the way he does. I think it’s something that you’re born with. Some people just know how to play the piano. Some can come up with fantastically epic stories about a boy wizard. And some can just write one sentence that makes you chuckle, then get teary eyed, then just sit back and stare as your mouth falls open at the beauty of the arrangement of the words. I’m not saying he doesn’t work hard at it – I’m just saying the man has a gift.
For example, here are a few of my favorite quotes (some are serious, some are funny, all are awesome):
Some of the side characters were really brilliant, as well. Like Isaac, and Hazel’s parents, and Peter Van Houten, the author of Hazel’s favorite novel. Peter Van Houten wrote a really beautiful letter in the middle of the book, which made me understand why Hazel loved him and his writing. And, of course, the letter was actually written by John Green, which just makes me love him more. (Am I gushing yet? I’m gushing, aren’t I? Well, that’s what happens when I read a book like this one.)
I don’t want to go into too much more, because I don’t like spoilers. But I will say that even though I LOVED this book, I still think that Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are even with it as far as my favorite John Green books go. This book was different than John’s other books, but it still very much had his stamp on it. By that I mean that if I had opened it up and read it and not known who the author was, I would have been able to recognize John’s eloquent writing and wonderful humor within the first couple of paragraphs.
And, if you weren’t sure yet, here’s my rating for The Fault in Our Stars:
Five big stars. A wonderful read, and something that I will most definitely pick up again and again.
Disclosure: I purchased this book myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review.