Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary | Inspirational
Released: January 10th 2012
Review Source: Purchased
Publisher: Dutton Children's

Despite the tumor-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.

I must begin by saying that my 17 year old daughter Meghan, requested this book for Christmas. She started reading it as soon as she unwrapped it, and finished in a day and a half. Surprisingly, my 13 year old non-reader daughter Payton, read it after her sister, in 2 days. WOW!! That in itself was a HUGE feat and I just knew that I had to read it. I am extremely happy that I did.

The two young characters in this book are Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. These children both have life threatening, although different types of cancer. Hazel and Augustus are beyond wise, beyond their time, although down to earth, normal life living teens.

The two start off as friends and that friendship turns into one amazing, phenomenal love story. Augustus would do anything for Hazel Grace. He would give his life for her. Augustus knows that the one thing at the top of her list, her dying wish is to meet her favorite author. What Augustus does to make her wish come true is exuberant. It's extraordinary and he thinks of it as just making her happy.

Augustus does what every man who is on love would do. That is to make Hazel Grace happy and to see her smile. I am not going to lie ... This story is heart breaking, yet a heart felt read. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone read it. After you have read it, pass it onto a friend and let them read this beautiful, feel good love story.

If I was able to, this book would be rated a 10 by me. Please read this book, you will be very pleasantly surprised by the intelligence of these children and the incredible love that they feel toward one another. I know that it has been out for quite some time, but I am glad that I finally broke down and read it. I dare say this is my favorite book of 2014. Even though the year has just begun, I must say it's going to be very hard to beat. Well done Mr. Green!!

The Fault In Our Stars is a tear jerking story that involves two brilliant teenagers, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Hazel and Grace met in a support group meeting for cancer patients. It was the illness that brought them together and it then grew into a beautiful and powerful romance. Hazel doesn't like to be called Hazel Grace, but accepts it as long as it is Augustus that is saying it.

One of their lives were deprived due to the illness that took control of their body. Augustus's love for Hazel Grace is so strong that he used his only wish to fulfill her life long dream. His wish took them on an adventure to Amsterdam, where they had their first kiss. This is where they realize that what they feel for each other is true love.

Author John Green is brilliant. He writes his characters as very intelligent teenagers. He incorporates real life dilemmas that most people can relate to. The message that John Green portrays is to love the people in your life and not take life too seriously, or for granted. You just never know what tomorrow holds.

This story is so great that I didn't want to put it down and I hated that it was over. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I needed closure and didn't feel that I received that.

I recommend this book to anyone, young or old. It will capture your heart. Be prepared with a box if tissues because you will need it!!


  1. I have never read anything by John Green, but I have had this book on my shelf for a year and a half! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and somehow I haven't gotten to it. I think I must move it on a shelf closer to my bed because I have to read it before the movie comes out. I think it is awesome that you and your daughters read it. I have a feeling I will love it too!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. What great reviews! I keep eyeballing this book and one of these days, I will end up reading it!

  3. I loved The Fault in Our Stars, too! I enjoyed reading it more than Looking for Alaska. I can't wait to see the movie. I would have liked to see Joshua Anthony Brand play Augustus Waters, but they had someone else play the role instead. =)


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