Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Title: The Fault in Our Stars
  • Author: John Green
  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover:336 pages
  • Publisher:Dutton Juvenile (January 10, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0525478817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478812


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.


John Green is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world.

I just read this book last weekend because it was thrust into my hands by my 14 year old daughter who said she just cried through the last third of the book so she knew I would like it. I did! I couldn’t put it down and read through it in a day.

She told me I would cry but I did not expect to fall in love. I fell in love with Hazel, Isaac, Augustus, and heck, I fell in love with John Green. The characters in this book, not the story, is what drives it. It is their interaction with each other, their conversations, that kept the book running for me.

Just reading through the jacket synopsis, it is not a book that I would have picked up. I thought it is a book about people sick with cancer. But I’m glad my daughter recommended it and that I actually started reading it, because it is not about cancer at all. The essence of the book is all about how we live life and how we enjoy it no matter the circumstances, and no matter at what stage in life we are at.

My daughter was nice enough not to give me spoilers and waited patiently until I said “DONE!” and dried the tears from my eyes before she talked about the book. She had been itching to talk about it.

You know what my daughter’s first comment was? She said, “I just love how he gets how we [she and her fellow teens] talk”. I had to agree with her. While reading the book, I was always reminded of how she and her sisters are such smart-aleck-know-it-alls sometimes. lol!

But then I started reading some of the reviews on the book and I was surprised to read how many people thought that the tone of the characters are not at all how teenagers talked. I wanted to say so bad, YES, teens really do talk that way 🙂

And if you think that just because this book is labeled for Young Adults that it wouldn’t appeal to grown up readers, then you’d be wrong there too. Just as I have been wrong about many books in this category, don’t miss out on a terrific book, beautifully and masterfully written.

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