November 06, 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 315
Publisher: Dutton
Published: January 10, 2012
Source: Chapters




Review

**I have to admit to you, my thoughts are not quite so organized right now. What is happening to me right now is that I loved this book so much, I just do not know where to begin.

I've said this so many times throughout reading this book, and I will say it again: John Green never disappoints. He is a genius who writes the best books ever and I will most likely frame his books in my room in a special glass case. That sounds creepy, but it's the truth.

The thing about John Green's writing is that it's honest and truthful; he doesn't try to sugar coat anything and I think that it's important coming across contemporary books. Not everything in life will go the way you want it to; To quote the book, "The world is not a wish-granting factory". The Fault in Our Stars was amazing in so many ways and it's so hard for me to form it into words without just spewing out all these feelings I'm having as I'm typing this review.

Hazel has a tumour that is currently at bay, but she's a terminal cancer patient. Augustus had osteosarcoma and is currently in remission. I think a major point in this book was of the legacy we leave behind when we die; will anyone remember us? Unbeknownst to them, they began leaving those marks on each other. It was great to just watch them grow on each other that it hurt so much to know that it wouldn't last. No guys, there isn't a miracle in this book besides the time where Hazel pulls through but has to drag around an oxygen tank. No miracles, no rainbows and unicorns, so don't expect one. It's called life, so deal with it. You can't control what happens, but you can make the best of it.

The Fault in Our Stars certainly took a turn I hadn't expected so that when I read it, I almost bawled but I was in the mall at the moment. I cannot quote it without spoiling the book, but my heart just caved in as I read that one phrase over and over again. John Green just has a way of choosing exactly the right words to say that hit the right chords.

If you don't know already, I have a major problem with "insta-love" that continues on without anything other than the guy being "nice" and "caring" and most importantly, sexy. But in this book, I think they fell in love with each other not only because they were both cancer patients and could, in a way, related to each other, but also because both of them actually felt comfortable around each other, trusted each other, and (as cheesy as this sounds) became the other's best friend.

Even after being tortured by the depressing story that filled me with a sadness that I always like in books (that makes me sound weird, but I love books that make me cry), I started looking at the FAQ for this book on his website to furthermore torture myself. It was at that moment that I realized how many foreshadows I freaking missed! I was definitely on the lookout for them, and that was what I loved about this book as well! The Fault in Our Stars was full of symbolism and metaphors that I loved finding, so I was definitely annoyed at myself for missing some of them even though they weren't quite so obvious.

If I read the whole book in my room all by my lonesome, I would have cried even more. But considering that I read some of it in a public place, I had to keep my emotions to myself. Sometimes I almost choked because it was funny but sad at the same time. If you loved John Green's other books, you should undoubtedly read this one as well. I know why I love his books: they are authentic, gritty, and bring out so many emotions that most books usually can`t.

Favourite Quotes


There are seriously WAY TO MANY so I will just link you to my updates on Goodreads.

4 comments:

  1. Montana @ The Book BellesMon Nov 19, 09:07:00 pm

    This sounds amazing! I've heard so many great things about this and I really want to check it out soon. I cry easily, though, so I'll make sure to read it somewhere not public ;) Also, both the symbolism and metaphors used in the story sound amazing! Fantastic review!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE John Green's books, they make me laugh and cry! I'm such a cry baby when it comes to books, haha. This may sound weird but I love books that make me cry, those are the books that I know are good and seriously deserve 5 stars.

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  3. Was it this FAQ you read? http://johngreenbooks.com/questions-about-the-fault-in-our-stars-spoilers/
    I spend like an hour reading through it last night and it's such an amazing resource. There are tons of things I missed too, though I was correct about some of John Green's influences. The one thing that's bothering me is that he says Augustus misuses big words, because he's trying to appear smarter than he really is, and I totally missed that. Now I have to go all the way through and look for the words he used incorrectly!


    I love books that make me cry too. I was actually hoping to cry a little more... I definitely DID, but not a huge ugly cry. But I read it beside a sleeping baby at the end so I had to tone it down.


    I love "the world is not a wish granting factory." That's so something my mom would say to us as teens.

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  4. Yes, that was the one! I really like how John Green says "The book is the reader's, not mine. If they think there is a foreshadow, then there is." Or something along the lines of that. I missed that too, I tried to go back to a couple pages, but couldn't really find any.

    I was actually just aching after I read it, but it wasn't until a whole entire WEEK afterwards when I was just got into bed, that it hit me; The tears came out of nowhere.

    Haha, it's so true though!

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