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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

March 9, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen year old Hazel has terminal cancer but her parents want her to live as normal a life as possible.  She attends community college and a support group for cancer patients.  She only goes to support group to make her parents happy and gets out of it when she can.  Then, at support group one night, she meets Augustus and her life is changed forever.

I feel totally inadequate to write about The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.  Everything you’ve read about this book is true.  It ripped out my heart and tore it into little pieces, but in a good way, if that makes sense.  I literally sobbed as I read it.

The story in this book is wonderful but I think the thing that makes it truly special is the characters of Hazel and Augustus.  Oh, how I loved them!  Their stories may be tragic but they’re brave and live the best life they can.  They will make you believe in the goodness of humanity and think about how you want to live your life.  I hated for this book to end because I didn’t want to be parted from Hazel and Augustus.

I’ve heard a lot about Green’s writing and I can see why – in case you can’t tell, I adored  The Fault in Our Stars – it is sure to make my best of 2013 list.  It’s one of those books I want to thrust into the hands of everyone I meet – if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?

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  1. March 9, 2013 6:25 am

    Even though I thought this was one of the best books I read EVER, I didn’t cry at all during it. And I am the type to cry while watching commercials! Weird, huh?

  2. March 9, 2013 7:42 am

    I’ve been avoiding this — not sure I want to read it. But then I read a review like this, and I think I should.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    March 9, 2013 7:52 am

    “It would be my honor to have my heart broken by you.” I will never forget that line. This was one of the best YA books I have ever read. If people don’t want to read it because it involved kids with cancer, then they are missing out on something truly amazing, and that makes me sad. I am so glad you decided to pick this up!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:12 am

    Great review. You conveyed exactly how I felt!

  5. March 9, 2013 8:18 am

    Wow, I have to read The Fault in Our Stars. Glad you enjoyed it so much too.

  6. therelentlessreader permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:22 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I wanted the book to go on and on and on and I think everyone in the world should read it :) Simply lovely

  7. March 9, 2013 8:30 am

    I’m glad you loved this one. It’s such a different kind of book. I bawled too, and I thought, how do parents who have children with cancer live through their child’s suffering and eventual death?

  8. Jayme permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:30 am

    Loved, loved, loved this book, too. FYI – It made the first round in the Tournament Of Books beating out The Round House. Let’s hear it for great YA books!!

  9. March 9, 2013 8:50 am

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book, that it became a must read. I still need to find a copy in the bookstore, but when I do I’m buying it.

    I only have read one book written by John Green & I didn’t like it, but I really want to give his writing another chance. :) Sounds like this book might be it.

    Great review.

  10. March 9, 2013 8:59 am

    I don’t like all of Green’s stuff, but I did really like this one. Glad you enjoyed!

  11. March 9, 2013 9:53 am

    Oh! I have been waiting for you to review this one! Someone once said your first John Green will be your favorite and this was my first John Green as well. I remember I was on the back of Al’s motorcycle last 4th of July, tears running down my face as I finished it. I have read all of his books now and loved them, but this one is still my favorite.

  12. March 9, 2013 9:54 am

    Oh… I should mention I listened to it on audio…. I had ear buds in, I was not reading a book on the back of a moving motorcycle. :)

  13. March 9, 2013 10:18 am

    I loved this one too, made me sob like a baby.

  14. March 9, 2013 10:47 am

    I am listening to this one right now and know I will need a few tissues before I am finished. I have loved every John Green book!

  15. March 9, 2013 11:00 am

    I thought this one was splendid too. I didn’t love it as much as you did but it was certainly moving and it moved me to tears a lot.

  16. March 9, 2013 12:01 pm

    I really should pick it up from the library

  17. March 9, 2013 12:10 pm

    Oh good I was hoping you’d like this one! I just listened to the audiobook and it’s just as effective in that format and still made me cry. Lovely review!

  18. March 9, 2013 1:50 pm

    My favourite read of 2012 wasn’t even a contest, so far ahead was The Fault in Our Stars! I’ve read or listened to it a couple of times since (i have both).

  19. redladysreadingroom permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:28 pm

    I was putting off reading this one as it sounded sad but your thoughts and review have convinced me that I need to read this Kathy!!

  20. debbierodgers permalink
    March 9, 2013 3:02 pm

    I don’t usually read YA but have had this book reserved at the library for a couple of months now. I am slowly moving up the list. (I’m 4th in line now!) I’m looking forward to finally getting my hands on it!

  21. March 9, 2013 3:44 pm

    Hear, Hear!!!! I listened to it in 2012 and it is my favorite for last year. I recommend to everyone, though some do not like it. It is such a personal thing.

  22. March 9, 2013 4:09 pm

    All right all right, I can’t put it off any longer. I’ll buy myself a jumbo box of Kleenex and read this one.

  23. March 9, 2013 4:10 pm

    I have just added it to the “To Be Purchased” pile. Debbie mentioned YA. The only YA I have read came from a local (Northern California) author by the name of R.A. Silverberry. His book, Wyndano’s Cloak, which is YA and fantasy, is fantastic!

  24. March 9, 2013 4:23 pm

    I’ve yet to read a bad thing about this one. So glad you liked it.

  25. March 9, 2013 6:26 pm

    I loved this book and the spunky characters. John Green is such a “given” in literature these days! Love him!

  26. March 9, 2013 7:10 pm

    I am not a YA fan but I loved this also Kathy, it was on my top list last year. I think it will pass the test of time and our children and grandchildren will read it also.

  27. March 9, 2013 10:58 pm

    Loved this book!

  28. March 10, 2013 12:04 am

    This is one YA book I’ve recommended to readers who usually don’t read YA. this was one of those books I both read and listened to…THAT good.

  29. March 10, 2013 5:33 pm

    Haven’t read/listened to this one yet, but it’s cued up on my iPod.

  30. March 10, 2013 11:19 pm

    Now is not the time to test my heart, but I do want to read this someday. I still haven’t read Green!

  31. March 11, 2013 6:40 pm

    You must read his other books!!! Lovely review!

  32. March 12, 2013 9:54 am

    The only time I cried, was right at the end. I finished it at 11 pm on a weeknight and I remember thinking, wow…what poor timing on my part because I was thinking about it for hours before I could fall asleep.

    I loved that the parents were there, but not intrusive. I loved Hazel and Augustus. It’s just such a great read. I want everyone to read it.

  33. March 15, 2013 4:23 am

    I was a bit apprehensive about this one, high expectations and all, but it’s obviously not a book to be missed. Glad you liked it!

  34. March 15, 2013 5:53 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. I’m off to see if it’s available on audio through my library. Great review!

  35. March 15, 2013 10:51 pm

    I am so glad to hear that you loved this as much as I did. This is definitely now one of my absolute all time favorite books. I’m a huge John Green fan. After reading this, I have been eagerly consuming more and more of his work. At my school we are considering this book for summer reading for our freshmen. Unfortunately, it looks like it isn’t going to happen because of the sex scene, but I am still encouraging students that love to read to grab this book. I’m going to try to finish up my review of the book. I hope you’ll check it out!

  36. March 16, 2013 8:58 pm

    Wasn’t this the best? I miss them!!!

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