The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

‘The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…’ William Shakespeare – Julius Caeser

I dedicate this post to @caoimhetracey for pressing the book upon me ๐Ÿ™‚

This is not going to be a review. It would be too hard to review it without telling you too much, so I will just discuss some of the many things I liked aboutย  this book.

I feared that, at 23, I had well and truly ‘grown out’ of YA. But I follow the blogs of so many adults who blog about and love YA that I didn’t really want to admit this. I had returned to it for a while, anyway. So I was dubious when Caoimhe gave me the book, I was mostly afraid I wouldn’t like it, as she loves it. She even has the tshirt. I’m not kidding:

I was reading a review of TFIOS as it has come to be known by Keris and she said that his teen characters don’t really sound like teens. I hadn’t noticed this but it IS true, and maybe that’s why John Green’s books are that little more universal?ย  Anyway, I liked it very much. And it made me cry. Even though my sister was watching Friends very loudly in the same room.

It wasn’t what I expected, his writing really is something. As E.Lockhart writes on the dust-jacket:

John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale.

The book sounds depressing. It’s about a girl with cancer falling in love.ย  To quote Hazel, the protagonist – ‘But it’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck.’

I am impressed with how well John Green wrote a 16 year old girl who has cancer. Especially how Augustus appeared to her, all the things that were attractive to her. (Ah, Augustus Waters. What a babe.) It was funny and cute how they met at an awful support group in the Literal Heart of Jesus.ย  Both Hazel and Augustus and their good friend Isaac are all very lighthearted and blase about their cancer when they are together, it’s sad and funny at the same time.

There was a whole discussion about literature which I really enjoyed. An author argues that characters cease to exist the moment a novel ends. Nothing happens to them. They’re fictions. Hazel’s favourite book ends in the middle of a

With one in three people developing cancer in their lifetime it’s something that I think about. John Green has dealt with this terrible human fear and illness in a beautiful, equally funny and heart-breaking way, much like life itself.

Hazel and Augustus could teach us all something about love and life.

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8 thoughts on “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

  1. I’ve been afraid to pick up this book, even though I’ve heard it’s good, for the same reason: I’m afraid I’ve outgrown YA. But now maybe this will be my next summer read! Great post!

  2. Lovely review.

    I feel like whenever I tell people John Green is a YA author, I have to blurt out, “But it’s not like normal young adult! It’s good! I swear!” So I understand why you were hesitant to pick it up. Have you read other books by him? Because they are fantastic and I recommend them a million and one times.

    Also, your friend’s shirt is the coolest thing I’ve seen all day.

    1. Ha! Yes lots of people seem to be saying he isn’t ‘normal’ young adult. Um, I have read ‘Looking for Alaska’ but it was so long ago. I don’t think it had the impression on me it did on everyone else. Also I thoroughly enjoyed ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ and took to calling my flatmate ‘sitzpinkler’ most of the year. I will seek out more. What is ‘Paper Towns’ like?
      Oh I will tell her. Her boyfriend had it made for her birthday, cuteness. He also cried reading it.
      Thank you!

      1. Paper Towns was better than Katherines, I think. So if you liked that, you’ll love Paper Towns. He also partnered with David Levithan and wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson, in which the two authors write about characters with the same name and switch off narration each chapter. It’s different, but still good.

  3. Canโ€™t believe I\โ€™m just seeing this now!! So, so glad you enjoyed it. (and thanks to Ashley for my teeshirt appreciation!). I was afraid my John Green obsession would have come between our friendship if you didn’t like the book or something! Hahaha.

    He genuinely has the most beautiful way of expressing even the most mundane of things, and even though his characters donโ€™t sound like teenagers, he still has a way of making them feel like theyโ€™re your best friends โ€“ no matter what your age. I still miss Hazel and Augustus!! I think the most important bit of the book is the message that sick people don’t become different when they get sick … they can still retain their heart and their humour.

    Iโ€™m making myself make this comment short โ€™cause I could talk foreverrrr about it. We shall discuss it at length when I next see you lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    p.s. will lend you his other books haha x

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