Mon, March 12, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green book cover

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

Publication date: Jan. 10, 2012
Dutton Books, 318 pages
Source: A lovely gift from Sash and Em

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I got 3/4 through The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and was all, “Why did everyone say this made them sob?!”

Well, I just finished. And my face is very wet.

And my book is a hot mess. I mean, pages and pages are dog-earred. The sweet moments, the beautiful turns of phrase, the achey breaky heart moments. They kept coming and coming and soon most of the book was comprised of pages and passages I wanted to come back to.

I mean, I always loved John Green. We all did. But, sweet book gods, this is Green at his best. Who would have thought we hadn’t seen it till now?!

Word after word, he just sucked me in to the world of Hazel and Augustus and proceeded to just emotionally stun and slay me.

Green put it best himself:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Set aside a few hours, stock up your Kleenexes and lock yourself in the house, far away from any human beings you’d prefer not see you in a state of emotional disarray, and get reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. You won’t regret it.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. katie said:

    YES. Oh my gosh, this book BLEW MY MIND. I was fully expecting it to be awesome, but it completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been telling everyone I know to read it! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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  2. Lauren said:

    So excited about this, John Green is possibly my favourite author right now; just cannot get enough of his style and character development.

    You say we haven’t seen his best until now… I can’t wait!!

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  3. Beth said:

    Those last two sentences definitely summed it up for me. I had a PILE of tissues next to me by the time I finished the book.

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  4. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I marked that quote (among MANY!) in my copy as well :) Such a fantastic job & you’re right.. who knew he could get better?!

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  5. Tara said:

    If John Green keeps this up, we are in for more out-of-this-world books in the future.

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  6. Em @ sash and em said:

    I just bought this book this past weekend…I am so excited to get to it, but I’m freaking out as well. I know it’s a sob-fest. I’m working up the courage to read it! :) (Especially before I see him at the BEA breakfast!!)

    Thanks for the review!!

    -Em

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  7. Lori said:

    YES! His quote does sum up the book perfectly. I loved every second of it even the heartbreaking ones. I just want to reread it over and over…Great review!

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  8. A. Knight said:

    I’m reading this this week, thankfully, so the wait won’t be too bad! But, oh, boy, you’ve made me want to start now! Gosh, I’m so happy that it effected you so deeply, because that’s what I’m hoping for myself, and now I don’t feel wary at all.

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  9. reut said:

    I’m so glad you liked it! Didn’t 100% live up to my expectations but I’m glad so many people are loving it.

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  10. We Heart YA said:

    What is there to say except… DITTO.

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  11. Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives said:

    I’m going to ignore that you dog-eared the book..I really hope it isn’t a signed copy, lol.

    My favorite John Green book is this one! I’m happy you loved it and it made you cry!

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  12. Anna said:

    Sorry to tell you Jacinda…but…IT IS A SIGNED COPY! AHAHAHAHA

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  13. Sarah said:

    It’s such a great book! I admit I read the end real quick so that helped prepare me…but I did still cry!

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  14. Beatriz said:

    Omg, I’ve been wanting to read this for so long, but I don’t want to cry while doing it D: Anyway, awesome review. I still can’t wait to read The Fault in Our Stars …
    Love,
    Beatriz

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  15. Katie said:

    I read and reviewed this book back in August and I LOVED it. The end is so unexpected. It’s definitely my favorite John Green book – and that’s saying something!

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  16. Kernel’s Corner said:

    Don’t take me for a sexist, but I am just happy every time girls like to read a book written by a guy author.

    I am delighted, because I know a few local male writers that struggle on how to attract female readers.
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  17. Ptarmigan Hunts in Alaska said:

    Oh, I so want to read this one! My copy got lost somewhere in the mailing process, so I still need to go buy a new one…and you are tempting me into doing so today! :)

    Fabulous review.

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