Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Challenge(s): TBR Pile
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.
I finally—FINALLY— read it! Regular visitors know how much I don’t like contemporary, but this isn’t just contemporary. This is so completely different from anything else I’ve ever experienced. When I finished reading, all I could think was “Why did I read this?” It’s the most painful experience I’ve endured in a very long time.
I don’t think I can really review this properly. The characters weren’t just characters, they were real people. They had such real emotions that I can’t describe them in a single paragraph! Hazel was just…wow. Augustus was just…double wow. Just trust me. If I go into any more detail I might just burst into tears.
The famous quote everyone’s seen at least once sums up my thoughts about the book perfectly:
It was exactly like that for me. I started out just sticking my feet in the water, giving it a little taste. It was good, but not great. Then the next thing I knew I had fallen in, overwhelmed by how incredible it was. Once I reached a certain point (those who have read it know exactly where), I was a wreck. I just started sobbing. Thanks to other bloggy friends I was prepared physically with a giant box of tissues, but nothing could prepare me for the emotional trauma that was suffered that afternoon.
This cover is so simple, but charming at the same time. I like the chalky, hand written font, and the clouds, and, well, everything!
Send Me a SignLooking for AlaskaUnbreak My Heart
Moderate Language and Sexual Content: (Multiple d*** s*** a** f***, kissing, descriptions of making out, Augustus and Hazel do sleep together, but it’s not explicit at all, crude and suggestive humor throughout)


  1. YAYYYY! Strange fact! This was my FIRST YA contemp I ever read [as an adult!] I loved it so so much and I'm glad even though you don't often read contemporary that you found a love for it too! Its a deep emotional story and I think it brings heart to anyone who reads it!

  2. Wow, I've been just passing this book by, and I haven't read any reviews on it, but I had no idea it was an amazing book!! I'll have to pick this up!!! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  3. I've seriously been debating reading this book and after this review I think I must! I'm putting The Fault In Our Stars is on my wish list now.

  4. I'm so glad you finally read it! All of John Green's books are just so much more than novels... He's just such a beautiful and brilliant writer. Great review!


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