Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Posted January 23, 2014 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 28 Comments

11870085Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books

Publication Date: January 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

 

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book for review.

 

Review:

Hazel, a terminally ill teenager, meets Augustus Waters at a Cancer Support Group. And nothing is the same again.

I was about a quarter way through when I realized two things- 1) I might have also fallen in love with Augustus Waters. 2) I had a strong feeling that I should probably go to bed because I wanted to read uninterrupted and I had a sneaking suspicion about what was going to happen and wanted to be alone when it did. This could, sadly, be due to the fact that a well meaning, but utterly clueless adult spoiled the ending for me early last year. While I reassured him that I totally knew the ending already (I didn’t and had kept clear of any spoilers til that faithful day), and that he should be a little more careful when describing the book to people (he said he would be), I was deeply saddened that I knew the ending and that now the story might not resonate with me as much. Perhaps that is why it took me so long to read it. I have owned the book since January 2012.

In any event, I shouldn’t have worried. Knowing the ending didn’t detract at all.

I won’t say anything different than what others have said before me, so I will summarize.

Hazel’s wonderful. She’s a free thinking, dark individual whose honest and raw narration is heartbreaking and inspiring.
Augustus is marvelous. He is awkward teenage, lyrical prose romance on paper. He is optimistic and a force.

The story is powerful, emotional and well written. This is by far my favorite Green book. His writing is perfection here, able to describe and summarize the essence of teenagers, love and mortality without being preachy. He doesn’t look down on his readers or characters; he instills a sense of realism, allowing the readers to transport themselves back in time when they were teenagers and feeling everything so acute, so rare, for the first time. And then he cuts your heart.

Well done, Mr. Green.

Thankfully I went to bed. I don’t know how I would have faced the world otherwise.

Rating 10 One of The Best

Posted January 23, 2014 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 28 Comments


28 responses to “Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

  1. There really wasn’t a whole lot of ways this book could have ended, but that’s a bummer somebody spoiled it for you. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, too. It’s actually the only JG book I’ve read (I know, I know) so I can’t really compare it to his other books. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too. Great review!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks for stopping by Natalie! :) Yeah, I am just happy that I still enjoyed it so much!

  2. ALY

    I think that Tfios is brilliantly written but I didn’t really feel a personal connection to Agustus. I think he’s really awesome as far as fictional boyfriends go, but I felt like he’s perfect for Hazel but not for me. I mean Tfios made me cry and I can recognize how wonderful it is,

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    • Kimberly

      That’s a great point Aly! I get that way too, where fictional boyfriend isn’t exactly making me swoon but is obviously good for the main character! Glad you liked reading it. And thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wajiha@

    Great review! I love this book and I’m glad you enjoyed it even though you knew how it would end. I’m also very excited for the movie, the trailer was just amazing!

  4. Rima

    Great review! I loved this book even though it was heartbreaking. John Green has a talent for making you laugh out loud one minute and tug at your heart strings the next. Can’t wait to see how they adapt it to the big screen. :)

  5. Amanda B

    What a fantastic review, this book sounds like it pulls a few heart strings, I am looking forward to reading it and comparing to the screen version too. Thank you :-)

  6. Carla Bosch

    Thanks for posting this review! I felt almost the same thing, nobody spoiled it for me, but when I started to reach the end I kind of knew what was coming and had to stop to and read it alone in my room before bed! You summarize it so well and I completely agree with you. It’s such a touching, so beautiful!

  7. Layla

    I’m glad you liked the book! I’ve been interested in reading it for I long time but I always feel I’m not brave enough! :)
    Thank you for your review! :)

    • Kimberly

      Layla! Try it! I put it off for a while too but I’m so glad I finally read it. It’s worth it!

  8. nikki ooi

    I can’t wait for the movie. I don’t have the book yet but I too think this will be a keeper. Thanks for the short, no spoiler review, not that there will be a lot of spoilers.