The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

GUEST REVIEWER – teachergirl73 Editors’ Pick: Best Books of 2012

Despite the tumour-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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

the_fault_in_our_stars_cover_by_kaiasaurus-d3kr6bvWhen I started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I was a little apprehensive because I knew that it would be an emotional read. It is because I am a complete sap when it comes to books, TV shows or movies that revolve around terminal illnesses and loss, I typically avoid such stories for fear of becoming a blubbering mess. After hearing so many good things about The Fault in Our Stars, I decided that this book needed to be an exception to my avoidance rule, and I cannot say enough about how glad I am that I read this book.

Well, thankfully, The Fault in Our Stars is one of those rare books that has managed to break free of the trends, and stand alone. It is a literary novel for adolescents that challenges the mainstream as it takes the reader on the rocky path of teens living with cancer and the realities that they face. The following excerpt from p.15 of The Fault in Our Stars, is a good example of the “irreverent” attitude, hinted at in the novel’s description, that is displayed by Hazel and her support group friends, Augustus and Isaac:


This is also a story about love, not just that of first love, but also the relationships that parents have with their kids, and the strength of friendships in the face of tough circumstances that no child should ever have to face.  The following excerpt is from a conversation that Hazel has with her parents where she tries to explain why she’s afraid to build new friendships:


Despite Hazel’s attempt to “minimize casualties”, she realizes that is just not going to be possible as she discovers soon enough, Augustus is a hard person to shake. As for my earlier fear that I would become a blubbering mess before the book was through, that did happen, (and pathetically, again as I searched for quotes to use in this review) but I also laughed quite a bit. I truly enjoyed the development of the main characters Grace and Augustus as they stumbled along their journey together, it was quite the ride.

My rating: 5 Stars                             

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Reviewer: teachergirl73



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