Book Review: A Fault in our Stars by John Green

May 23, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: A Fault in our Stars by  John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Dutton Books on January 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 337 pages
Source: Purchase
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

my thoughts doneHoly… forgive me while I cry all over my keyboard! This book is fraught with so many ups and downs that I felt completely emotionally drained while reading it! Instead of fangirling all over the place I’m going to share the quotes that had me in such a turmoil.

These made me cry! (I really cannot imagine having tears left)

– And yet still I worried. I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it. Worry is yet another side effect of dying.

– I’m like a grenade.

– “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”

– They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents’ suffering.

– “The world,” he said, “is not a wish-granting factory.”

– Some infinities are bigger than other infinities — oh my god… this quote!!! CRY!

And these made me laugh out loud!

– A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessy and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy… well.

– Broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate.

– “Yes,” Augustus said. “Get it. Kick the shit out of that chair!”

Then the quotes where I couldn’t figure out whether to laugh or cry!

– “Qualities of a Good Nurse: Go,” I said.

“1. Doesn’t pun on your disability,” Isaac said.

“2. Gets blood on the first try,” I said.

“Seriously, that is huge. I mean is this my freaking arm or a dartboard? 3. No condescending voice.”

– What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

– “Bravo!”

The characters… oh the characters!!

– “Oh, I’m grand.” Augustus Waters smiled with a corner of his mouth. “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”

– “You know how we make a Scotch and water in this home?”

“No, sir,” Gus said.

“We pour Scotch into a glass and then call to mind thoughts of water, and then we mix the actual Scotch with the abstracted idea of water.”

– “Sometimes it seems the universe wants to be noticed.”

Without having read this book maybe these do not make much sense but as a reader and a new fan of John Green’s I can tell you they have impact. And there are so many more I wanted to share but couldn’t due to spoilers but man… if you have yet to read this book just do yourself and read it but have tissues!

the authorJohn Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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