Friday, March 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars: A Review

Blurb from Goodreads: (I not own but am using them for review purposes only.)

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

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Source: The Library

Genre: A Cancer YA Contemporary Romance that isn’t a cancer story (i.e. isn’t just about the main characters having cancer). Hint: DON’T shy away from this because of the cancer element. I almost did, and that would have been a HUGE mistake.

Cover: It’s okay. I wasn’t as impressed with it at first, but I can’t really think of anything that would work better--> and so by that reasoning, it’s successful. I like the color choices.

Plot: It may feel oh-so-slightly slow moving at the beginning, but it’s necessary, and the payoff is worth it. This book is kind of amazing, and it is definitely awesome possum. The trouble with reviewing it? I don’t want to give anything away. I’m not going to rob you of its greatness. Just know, it really starts to move, and you get super invested in the characters, whether or not you realize it. 

Romantic Element: LOVE. I am officially fictionally in love with Augustus Waters. Note: I didn’t even have to Google his last name. I knew it. Why? Because I. Am. In. Love. How often have you heard me say that here? Not very, that’s for true.

Overall: Genius. Love. Hearts and hearts and hearts. I made people read it so that I could talk to them about it. I reacted like I haven’t reacted to a book in my recollection. I didn’t think I was a John Green reader. I had tried and failed to read his stuff before (not his fault. circumstances outside of my control usually---like due dates), but this one stuck, and I am SO glad it did. My recommendation? Read it and come back here and talk about it because I want to talk about it more!

And here’s a song to write by, one of my favorites by Panic! At the Disco, "There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought of It Yet," just because...

Happy Reading and Writing, y'all!


  1. Hi, Kelley! I've heard so many wonderful things about this book recently. I'm definitely going to be reading it!

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  2. Great review. I'll have to pick this one up. I've been avoiding it because of the cancer thing, but also because I'm pretty over emotional with pregnancy hormones and I've heard crying is inevitable.

  3. That sounds like a great book! I'll have to check it out!!

  4. Okay, so, I read this book last night. In one sitting. And it gutted me, in the best possible way. Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace are now two of my favorite characters ever, and I think I have a new favorite book, one I have to recommend to everyone I meet. Love your review!

  5. I don't think I've heard a single negative thing about this book yet!