The Fault in Our Stars – Review

I did NOT cry reading this book.
I did get that big lump you get in your throat right before you cry.
Yes, I had a hard time functioning while I was reading this book. I would answer the phone and find myself choking on my first few words.
Yes, I will go see the movie, and hopefully, maybe, cry during it.
I can, without a doubt say, that I haven’t read something this moving, and this inspiring in a while. I’m baffled and exceptionally surprised that this is a YA novel. With its serious themes and unique voice, The Fault in our Stars brings to readers a little insight about living your life, not for yourself but for others.

Sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster is living with an incurable cancer. The rest of her life has been decided for her and plays out in its little routine. All of that changes when she meets cancer survivor Augustus Waters at a support group, and he shows her how different her life can be, even when living with cancer.

I can’t understand how this book is for young adults. If teenage me read this book I don’t know that I’d understand the concepts, themes and underlying meanings half as well as I do now. This book was just SO DEEP, the kind of deep that speaks to you on emotional levels – the kind that causes grown men and women to cry from this literary masterpiece. And I mean UGLY CRY.

Hazel Grace, (because I can’t just call her Hazel), is an extremely unique and interesting character. She has a very odd, and intelligent way of speaking, far more superior to any sixteen year old I’ve ever met or have known. It’s even more strange that she and Augustus “Gus” Waters share such similar interests and similar way of looking at the world and communicating through their odd intellectual banters. It’s the kind of conversations you wish you could have with someone, who is the same intellectual level as you – that’s sexy.


Author John Green

One thing that I noticed, and I did discuss this with another author who also read the book, is that the book feels manipulative. Green has this method of writing and directing a story that makes it so the reader will feel a certain feeling WHEN HE WANTS THEM TO FEEL IT and not as a suggestion. The story seems to be presented in a way that, in a certain section he wants you to feel something here, but not in this chapter, in the next one. The writing seems to manipulate your feelings, almost forcing you to feel something. Other novels I’ve found have presented their writing and material to you and say, “here’s my writing, do you feel anything while reading this?”, giving the reader the option of having that particular piece of writing affect them emotionally or not. Not saying that this is a negative criticism, only something that I noticed while reading.

There isn’t much to say about Augustus, or there’s too much to say about him. I found him a very confusing character at first, wondering what his motives were, wondering if he was just crazy, or if this was some evil ploy to get close to Hazel. The further I got into the book the more I realized their relationship was more than companionship and friendship. We got to watch as these two teenagers fell in love, even though the most unlikely of circumstances, and have each touched each other’s souls just by loving one another.

“He smiled. Gallows humor. “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up,” he said.
“And it is my privilege and my responsibility to ride all the way up with you.” I said.
“Would it be absolutely ludicrous to try to make it out?”
“There is no try,” I said. “There is only do.”

Comparable to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, The Fault in Our Stars is a truly wonderful novel and such a powerful read. Readers will find nothing but enjoyment and have their eyes opened to the world through the eyes of teenager living with cancer. This book not only touched me, but made me see the world just a little bit different.

“My favourite book, by a wide margin, was An Imperial Affliction, but I didn’t like to tell people about it. 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.”

4/5 Hearts of Love

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