Review – The Fault in Our Stars

Posted August 23, 2013 by Emz Chang in review / 2 Comments

Okay, so I received this book from one of my best friends for my birthday back in June.
But I haven’t gotten the chance to read and review until now.
So here we are.
AUTHOR: John Green
SOURCE: Gift from friend
TYPE: Hardcover, Collector’s Edition

SYNOPSIS: 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: The Fault in Our Stars is… there are so many words to describe it. Humorous. Sad. Sweet. Emotional. Interesting. I could keep listing adjectives. It is unlike any book I have read for more than one reason. The Fault in Our Stars told a totally new story, one that I haven’t read before. And I don’t think I have ever read a book that can be described by so many different adjectives. In fact, I don’t think I have read a book that me laugh AND cry (of sadness). The Fault in Our Stars was written so beautifully that laughing and crying during it was possible (and reasonable). It was so well written that it was not hard to feel the emotions of the characters and connect to them.

The main character of The Fault in Our Stars is a 16 year old girl named Hazel who has thyroid cancer. Interesting enough, her cancer did not make it hard to connect with her. There were a lot to times where she just appeared and acted like a normal girl. She was very likable, intelligent, and at times funny. Not once did I have any bad feelings toward her. At a support group for kids that have cancer, Hazel meets Augustus, also known as Gus. Gus had/has a cancer osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Hazel and Gus instantly make a connection. Like Hazel, Gus was also very likable and easy to connect to despite his cancer. Hazel and Gus make a perfect couple. They really do. Their romance was sweet, but not cliche and cheesy.

The Fault in Our Stars was a very grounded read. John Green did a fantastic job capturing the emotions of the characters and conveying them to the reader. It was very emotional, and it successfully made me cry. By the end of the book, there were multiple pages stained with teardrops. And let me tell you, it’s been awhile since a book made me cry. But even with the crying, The Fault in Our Stars was not overly depressing. Like I mentioned above, there were a few funny moments too. In fact, there were also some inspirational moments in the book as well. All in all, The Fault in Our Stars is mainly about two kids with cancer that fall in love. However, that doesn’t make it a “cancer book”. Well, at least not according to Hazel…

RECOMMENDATION: For fans of John Green and for people that want an emotional and inspirational read.

Emz Chang

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2 responses to “Review – The Fault in Our Stars

  1. I really need to get to this one, I keep putting it off because I just know I’m going to need like a day or two after I read it before I start another book 🙂 It’s so awesome that it made you feel so many emotions! Great review!

    • A day or two to reflect on it would be a good idea. But what I really recommend is a box of tissues… Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked the review! 🙂