Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsHow did I get it? Waterstones in Uxbridge

Genre: YA, Romance

Summary: 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.

Review: It’s a bit difficult to summarize how I feel about The Fault in Our Stars. I can say that it without a doubt deserves the hype it’s gotten; it’s an incredible book with an incredible message. And I loved John Green before I read it, so I was thrilled to see his voice shine through so clearly. The writing felt pure, honest, and genuine, which in the end made me laugh and cry with alarming regularity.

My only disappointment was that John Green did not do what I expected him to. I don’t want to give away anything, so I’ll put it this way. Hazel’s favorite book ends in a peculiar way. I expected—as John Green is a clever man—for The Fault in Our Stars to end in a similar way, which I feel would’ve been not only stronger, but less ordinary. The ending as it is comes dangerously close to being unoriginal, which bothers me considering what a unique book this is. But that is my only real complaint.

Did this book change my life? No, but it is an exceptionally rare thing for any book or work of art to do that for me, so I wasn’t really let down by that. And while I did not find anything particularly enlightening or profound in this story, I know that a great many other readers have and will. So my opinion of this book, while slightly more detached, is that it should be read, if only for the reason that it is a beautiful story.

Rating:

Four Stars

Recommend it?

Yes.

Purchase it:

Amazon | Book Depository

Other books by the author:

Looking for Alaska Paper Towns Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Update Chat

So, the month of October has been general insanity, especially with college applications, senior project, midterms, deadlines, and general mayhem.

Shockingly, this has resulted in very little writing time.

I have, however, had the chance to hone my editing skills as my BFF and partner in madness, Ms. Julia Debski, asked me to be the butcher—er, editor—of her debut novel, The Hazel Tree. That book is now published (*quiet flailing*) so I would love for you go check it out. It’s on Kindle for $1.99 and you can also get it in paperback for $9.50, so seriously, go take a look. It’s awesome and full of werewolves and romance and super-creepy Alphas and super-sexy cousins (*cough*ROB*cough*). As soon as the gods bless me with $10, I will be reading and reviewing this beauty, so stay tuned.

In other news, I am doing my best to write while still clinging to the last vestiges of my sanity (which never existed in the first place according to my loved ones). I’m taking my own advice and writing the best bullshit I can, but I’ll be honest—my personality does not deal well with imperfection, so I’m not chucking out as much nonsense as I’d like. Still, progress.

This coming week is also my fall break (THANK YOU JESUS) so I’ll hopefully have a lot more time for writing, reading, stressing over college, and obsessing over CW’s new TV show “Reign”. Seriously, ridiculous historical inaccuracies aside, it is my most delicious guilty pleasure show this season. But, yes, writing is hopefully happening, along with chipping away at my positively gargantuan TBR pile, starting with a book about the Mongol Queens and John Green’s The Fault in Our Starsas well as finishing “‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore” and The Tao of Pooh. I decided to join this year’s Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon mostly because Halloween is fantastic and this is great motivation for me to put more effort into reading.

As part of this update post, I’d like to include a list of things I’m doing/obsessing over that I’d love for you to check out, which I may or may not have already mentioned above, but we’ll ignore that because I like to make lists. It soothes me.

1. The Hazel Tree

2. Emma Approved (a vlog series by Hank Green)

3. Reign, CW’s new supermegafoxyawesomehot TV show

4. Composing a SSAATB choral piece based on Secret Garden’s Sleepsong

5. New theme which I can’t remember the name of but love purely because a chubby, smiling apple is involved.

6. Einstein Bros. Bagels

7. Beautiful fall weather, nice and cool and fantastic. Absolute favorite season ever because sweaters and hot cider and pretty colors and Halloween.

8. Is anyone else emotionally traumatized by that bizarre “Girls Don’t Poop” ad with the ’50s redhead with a British accent posing on a toilet and referring to her poop at least a dozen times in the space of 20 seconds? That poor actress will probably never have another job offer EVER AGAIN.

That concludes this little post. If you are reading/watching/being traumatized by anything I’ve mentioned, please comment so I can join in your joy/pleasure/horror. And don’t forget to check out the fabulous Julia Debski’s new novel The Hazel Tree!