Published: January 10, 2012.

“Very original and memorable. A must read.”


What Is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ About?

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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Why Did I Read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’?

A little while ago I stumbled across a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers, I think it was after I watched a video on the best books of 2014 or something like that. The channel looked well run and full of interesting topics so it got a subscribe from me.
A few months later I read a review on ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ from a blogger and realised that the author, John Green, was one of the brothers from the vlogbrothers channel.
There’s a lot of positivity about this book on the internet as well as some endearing interviews from John Green talking about his experience writing the novel.

What Did I Like About ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

I really enjoyed the honesty of this book and the way it ridicules the cliché of how people with cancer have to be ‘brave’ and ‘fight to the end’.
The characters are interesting and clever, and the sentimental elements are handled well. Also it doesn’t follow an obvious formula for a young adult ‘boy meets girl’ type story. Very original and memorable.
I loved that when I googled “Is Imperial Affliction a real book?” I got as far as “Is Imperial A…” and google guessed the rest for me. Nice to know I’m not alone.
As luck had it I spent a weekend in Amsterdam whilst I was reading this book, not that I read much of it whilst I was out there, but it was a funny coincidence that Hazel and Augustus travel to Amsterdam in the story.


What I Didn’t Like About ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

The dialogue between the younger characters is witty, however at times it feels like they are speaking beyond their years. Maybe that’s the point, I’m sure cancer has the ability to make a teenager grow up fast, but occasionally it tripped me up – especially knowing how the author talks (from his videos). At times I could literally hear his voice instead of the characters.
The twist in this story can be seen from a mile away if you’re paying attention, though it feels cruel to even refer to it as a twist.

Good Or Bad?

Was it any good? Yes, a great novel – and enough to make me want to check out John Green’s other books.
Would I recommend it? Definitely, you’d need to have a heart of stone to pass on this.
Would I read it again? Yes, I get the impression I’ll get even more from a second reading.

I also watched the film after finishing the book, and that’s well worth watching. Here’s the trailer:

It was also fun to catch the cameo of John Green in this film.
Here are some other book reviews:

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On Writing (A Memoir Of The Craft) by Stephen King
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

What’s on the list?
The Lafayette Campaign by Andrew Updegrove
Ask The Dust by John Fante
The Hidden Legacy by GJ Minett
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Any suggestions?

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