Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Published January 10, 2012 by Dutton Books
336 pages

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die, until at age 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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 tumors 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 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.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is by far one of my absolute favorite books. Not to mention that John Green is my favorite author! This book follows Hazel Grace, who is a teenage girl with terminal cancer. Her mom forces her to go to cancer support group where she meets Augustus. Now Augustus is in remission, and instantly wants to be Hazel's friend. However, Hazel wants to minimize the damage and pain she inflicts on the world since she sees that there is no other way her story ends except in death.

Hazel is also obsessed with a book called An Imperial Affliction which is a book John Green has made up for the purpose of the story with a fake author. The story deals with very heavy concepts, especially for teenagers since they are dealing with cancer but it touches your heart or at least it did mine. John Green is amazing with his ability to add humor into the pages of such a heart heavy tale and you go on a journey with Hazel and Augustus and it's one that you won't ever forget. You may sprout some tears by the end, but it's well worth it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would not mind a little bit of sadness.

Hazel, I think, is a relatable character because cancer has touched so many people's lives. Whether you have it, a family member has it, or someone you know has/had it, you are in someway connected to the disease. I thought it was interesting to be able to see it from Hazel's perspective -- the patient -- instead of someone else (a parent, a friend, a partner, etc.). It was amazingly beautiful and I loved all the quotes I could pull from this book.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once."
Not only is that how Hazel felt about Augustus, but it's how I felt about Augustus and this book!

My rating: 5/5
Buy it:   Barnes & Noble  or   Amazon

Let me know what you think of TFIOS!

Happy Reading!


  1. Hello!
    Can you please tell me what imperial affliction means?

    1. An Imperial Affliction is the made up book that is Hazel's favorite book in the story. It doesn't really exist!!

  2. Hi again-
    Aside from the title, do you know what it means? What is an imperial affliction?