Nov 23, 2013

~REVIEW~ The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsTitle: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre:YA Contemporary


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.


“That’s the thing about pain,” Augustus said, and then glanced back at me.
“It demands to be felt.”

The Fault in our stars has been a book that I’ve been hearing wonderful things about. When I finally had the chance to actually read for leisure I quickly brought this one up. After reading it I must say that although a wonderful story I was not blown away.

Hazel is a 16 year old girl who has been living with lung cancer for three years. Since she is not able to attend school her mother insist that she join a support group with other children that have cancer. But Hazel despises the idea of having to sit in the sessions and hear over and over the same stories from their leader.

The day that Augustus accompanies one of the group members to session, Hazel is captivated by him. When she finds out that Gus is actually one of the few that is survived the “illness”, she admires his courage and charisma. But most of all, his determination not to let his situation make him bitter and angry.

The two quickly find a friendship and love in their relationship that none thought possible.

But then tragedy strikes for one of them.
“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
Hazel and Augustus aren’t two normal teenagers. No matter how much they want it, they both are battling a sickness that is incurable. Experiencing the POV of a teenager suffering through this sickness makes this a heartbreaking read. No matter how much you want to fall in love with the characters and for them to live HEA you know that this story just doesn’t end that way. Nonetheless, The Fault in Our Stars does make you fall in love with the characters and takes you on a sad but beautiful journey. There were parts that had me tearing up and many that had me smiling.

Now there is the argument that the theme of this book has been done many times over and didn't have anything unique in storyline. Sadly, I agree, only because at the end of the book it just didn't feel like a book that I would read again. Although I liked it, I was bored after a certain part and couldn't connect with Hazel on any level throughout the book. The other characters I did connect with, particularly Augustus. I loved everything about him and his character was the easiest to connect with. 

Overall, a wonderful read. I would recommend that you read it and experience it for yourself.
Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. Though the ending was sad, the writing really impressed me. But some readers think the subject matter is too maudlin. Glad you loved Augustus…me too!