Book review: The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars- John Green
Warning: Do not read this book! It will smash your heart into a million tiny pieces. Ok, I don't mean it. Please do read it, but just don't read it in public unless you want everyone to see you reduced to a blubbering mess!

The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel, a 17-year-old living with terminal cancer, who falls in love with cancer survivor Augustus after meeting him at a support group. It's pretty obvious how this is going to end, right? Let me tell you: Even though you are prepared well in advance, it's not enough to prepare you for the heartbreak at the end! 

I actually bought this book purely because I'd seen the cover a lot around the internet. I had absolutely no idea what it was about and didn't even read the blurb until I got it home! Normally, this is not a risk that would pay off, but this certainly did!

The story is told through Hazel and is a particularly engaging style. Hazel has a refreshing cynicism that made me laugh out loud in several points. She's not moping and looking for sympathy. Instead, she's very blunt about her situation and speaks to the reader as if they were a close friend. I really fell in love with her.
One thing I had a small problem with is just how articulate all these kids are. They are only in their mid-teens, yet they are insanely verbose and intelligent, discussing deep themes of literature and philosophy at depth. I could get past one character having these traits but when two of them (three, if we include Hazel and Augustus' friend Isaac) have this incredibly mature understanding of language, it becomes a little jarring.

I'm not going to say much more as I don't want to give anything away. The story is simple and it's beauty is in how Green stirs emotions in the reader. I've never read anything like this and, as much as I loved it, I'm not sure if I ever want to again. I don't think I can handle being that upset again!

Just read it, ok?


  1. I've wanted to read this book for ages as LOADS of people have read it and said that they loved it, I haven't yet got around to it! I know I'm going to blub like a baby!
    Danielle xo

  2. I really loved this book, and I think that Emma Watson has been cast to play Hazel in the movie!

  3. I agree. John Green is great author! Great book :)


  4. This book was just EVIL. Thank goodness I was at home to read because I just LOST it!
    I hope when the movie comes out they do it justice!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  5. I'm afraid of reading this because everyone says it's so emotional!! xx

  6. You're spot on about the 'Dawson's Creek Effect' - teenagers talking like 30-year-old academics. Other than that, I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

  7. I love this book so muchies . And I can understand why one shouldn't read it in public.

  8. This book is so good! You should read "Looking for Alaska" too, which is also amazing and an emotional rollercoaster x

  9. Looking for Alaska is quite heart wrenching too so I'd stay away from that, but An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and my favourite - Paper Towns are also brilliant so I'd definitely recommend! :)


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