Book Review – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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Facts:

  •    Book: The Fault in Our Stars
  •    Author: John Green
  •    Genre: Fiction
  •    Year of Release: 2012
  •    Read 318-page paperback edition in April 2015.

Book Description:

Hazel has been suffering from a serious form of cancer for some time, and a miracle drug has bought her some additional time to be with her parents and friends.  Although how much time she has, from her terminal cancer, is anyone’s guess.  Hazel doesn’t really like to go out, but her mom insists she try and act like a normal teenager.  Her regular outings to a cancer support group drive her to some annoyance, but when she meets a boy named Augustus, things change for her immensely, and her life will not be the same from here on out, as the two of them have a magical adventure, and relationship, together.

Book Review:

This novel by bestselling author John Green was a phenomenal success, and it is easy to see why.  The novel is written in such a way that you quite easily latch on to the two main characters in the story, Hazel and Augustus.  These are loveable, unique teenagers, who are suffering from cancer no less, and as such you have to feel for them, and at the same time feel inspired by their energy, creativity, and uniqueness.  The way they develop in their relationship together in some ways is similar to any two teenagers, but then they throw in jarring statements like “we don’t have time to waste” and it really makes the reader realize how different these kids are, and how mature in many ways.  So many of the quotes, ideas, and sentiments from these two teenagers really opens the eyes for readers, seeing the world from the perspective of young people who don’t have the luxury of time to waste.

Green does a fantastic job of bringing together serious and emotionally evocative lines and ideas, with some strong characters and an adventurous, romantic plot, and creating a great novel that sticks with the reader after completion.  Overall, this was an enjoyable, thoughtful read.

Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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