Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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I’ve just finished reading John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and to be frank: I really enjoyed it!

What it’s 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.

You’ll love it if:

  • You love simple stories laced with richly constructed, beautifully detailed characters. John Green’s protagonist 16 year old cancer patient Hazel is a perfectly created vehicle for telling this story and when she meets Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters, you know that their time together is going to be something special.
  • You know a family with young person who has been touched  by cancer.
  • You enjoy books filled with plenty inter-textual references. The title of this book comes from a famous line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where Cassius says to Brutus, “‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.'” There is reference to the Anne Frank House and story. Central to the story is also Hazel’s favourite book about a girl with a rare blood cancer – An Imperial Affliction, By Peter van Houten.  Although a fictional title by a fictional author of Green’s creation, the story within the story aspect of this text is part of what makes it unique.

It might not be for you if:

  • You aren’t into teen romance or love stories.  Although. to be perfectly honest, Green writes about it so beautifully that you can’t help but embrace the star-crossed characters of Hazel and Gus.

It reminds me of: How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr

For those of you concerned with star ratings: I’d give it four.

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