Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published:  January 10, 2012
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My Rating: ★ ★ ★  

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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 tumors 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.

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“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me,
 because there was no longer anyone to remember with.”

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are the kind of characters that make you appreciate an author tenfold for introducing you to them and allowing you to have them in your life. The repartee among the characters in The Fault in Our Stars is so clever and extremely enjoyable that I was surprised at how much laughing I was doing having heard this book would break my heart... which, yes, it ultimately did, but I don’t think enough attention has been given to the humor shared between these characters. And if one thinks teenagers don’t talk in such a manner... well, I can attest to the fact that some most definitely do.

When Hazel meets Gus at a support group meeting, they are quick to form a friendship; and I absolutely loved being able to tag along and watch their friendship grow into such a beautiful bond.

“‘You are fairly smart,’ I said after a while.
‘You are fairly good at compliments,’ he answered.”


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“‘Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace.
  It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.’”
 
It was refreshing that both Hazel and Augustus had the amazing families they had. I can only imagine the heartache these parents suffered on a daily basis, but they were so good to their children and so supportive. The endearing relationship between Hazel and her father never failed to make me smile:

“My old man. He always knew just what to say.”

As far as friendships blooming into romance go, this is hands-down one of my favorites. Every moment these characters spent together was nothing short of beautiful:

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: 
slowly, and then all at once.”

There are no huge shocks or unexpected twists in this story. You pretty much know where things are headed and, yes, there will be crying, but I promise you this -- there will also be smiling.  What I'm trying to say is... the journey along the way is certainly worth the tears at the end. 

“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.”


chelesiggy




25 comments:

  1. I am so happy to hear you loved this one. It's one of my all-time favorites and I totally agree - the journey is worth the heartache!

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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    1. It will definitely remain one of my favorites, too, Brandy! So beautiful!

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  2. I've seen reviews stating that real teenagers don't talk that way. that's about the only thing negative Ive read in regards to this book. I shrug it off though. I didn't talk that way as a teenager. You could find me in the lunchroom shouting VAGINA! across the tables.

    I think the key here is, (even though I didn't read the book yet), Hazel and Augustus aren't normal teenagers. It's fairly realistic to believe that two young cancer patients who have been faced with the prospect of death, would be a little more mature then your average young adult.

    wow, that last paragraph sounded so smart. I've moved up in the world from vagina talk. lol.

    Love your review, and I can tell you adored this one. I set up a reading buddy to start this one soon! :)

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    1. I haven't seen any, but I figured some might feel that way. I know some, I was one, and I have one -- teens can have quite the witty banter ;) You're absolutely right - when faced with something so sobering, it would mature anyone.

      From vaginas to words of wisdom - look at you! LMAO!

      I can't wait for you to read this one! xoxo

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  3. So we have discussed this book at length, but I think I need to reiterate that I AM TERRIFIED TO READ THIS BOOK! I just know it is going to hurt, yes I know it will probably be worth it, but I just dont feel like being destroyed at the moment. One day I will work up the courage and read this one.

    Awesome review lovely lady!

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    1. I promise to hold your hand and send you virtual hugs! It is sooooo worth it, and you will look back on this one fondly. When you get ready to read it, I'll read it again with you. Deal? Thank you, sweets!

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  4. Lovely review as always, my friend. I promised myself I would read this one after it came up repeatedly on my poll for best of 2012 books. I scheduled it in I think in April or May so I will be reading it. I know it will shred me, but I am happy to hear that you laughed a lot along the way. I just found out there are making a movie of it as well.

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! I'm so happy you are going to read this one - yes, it will shred you, but I think you will fall in love with these characters and be happy you read it.
      Hmmmmm... Once upon a time, I was happy to hear my favorite books were being made into movies. After several faves have been ruined, though, that news makes me nervous! I hope the author will have a lot of input!

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  5. Oh, Michele, what a fantastic review! It's taken a good few months for people to convince me to read this book, but I'm certain if I had read your review a while back, I wouldn't have needed that. I can imagine how this book ends, but I like the thought of a sweet journey to reaching that inevitable moment. I'm really looking forward to this now. :)

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    1. Awwww, Sam! Thank you SO much - that truly made my day! I'm very excited for you to read this, and I can't wait to hear what you think. *hugs*

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  6. how wonderful that they both had good families that never happens. I love your review, do you know I've never read a Green book *gasps* This justs sounds so lovely..i need to add it to my list. Would you recommend this as my first intro to his work?

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    1. Thank you, Kimba! I've been reading so many stories about neglectful and abusive parents lately that this aspect was refreshing and very welcome!
      Don't feel bad - this was my first, but I can assure you it won't be my last. Definitely start with this one - it's absolutely beautiful. <3

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  7. for some reason I can`t see your raiting...
    I love, love this book! I think it`s the best from John Green yet.

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    1. Aw, well there are five big ol' stars up there ;) It is such a fabulous book! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Wonderful review! I couldn't agree more about Hazel and Augustus. They had such amazing chemistry and they made me laugh, and I am so thankful to John Green for bringing them into my life. So glad you enjoyed this one too! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! They were amazing - I just love them, and I know I'll be re-reading this one just so I can visit them ;) So happy you loved it and that you stopped by <3

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  9. Ugh .. I have not read one John Green book. He's one of those authors that I always hear such great things about, but never get around to his books. I need to!!

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    1. Christy. Doooo it. Read this one and then you can hit me for all the sobbing it makes you do, but I promise you'll think it's a beautiful read. :D

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  10. I loved loved loved this book! I stayed up ALL NIGHT to finish it. I couldnt put it down. It had me feeling so many emotions I didnt know a book could do this to me. I always love seeing reviews from others who loved it too. Have you read any of his other books? I am considering Looking for Alaska next.
    Thanks for the review :)

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    1. So many emotions - just a beautiful, beautiful story! I haven't - this was my first John Green book. I've been eyeing Looking for Alaska, too! I think I will read that soon. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  11. I know I need to read this, I just haven't been ready yet. And I think I've just heard too much about it. I'm so happy you loved TFioS. I'm sure it's wonderful.
    Great review!

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    1. I understand that - I think it's why I put this one off for a year. I tend not to read books that I feel everyone else is reading. However, had I known then what I know now... I wouldn't have wasted another minute ;)

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  12. This sounds so good, and so sad. I know I would cry my eyes out. Wonderful review!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! Yeah, I ugly sobbed. Totally worth it though - promise! :)

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  13. I love that you highlighted an aspect of the book that most people overlook! It’s one of the many things that make your reviews so unique and must-reads!!! This one sounds like a tear-jerker, but LOVE that last quote about zealous books that all of humanity should read! (You are my source for those!! Keep them coming!) :) xoxo

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