The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review: Love is undying

February 15, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review: Love is undyingThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Penguin Australia on January 3, 2013
Source: Purchased
Genres: Young Adult
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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.

To my dear literary friends, there was never a doubt about it, but I understand why The Fault in Our Stars is a favourite novel of all time. It made me laugh with its dry humour, made me cry with its heart-breaking ending, fall in love with its young characters and most importantly, made me recognise the meaning of life in general.

When health is not an issue, it’s easy to watch the days pass by, doing things out of habit or because we are simply going through the motions. How often we have a dream, only to never pursue it. How often we leave loose ends hanging, ending the day after an argument, or never telling our nearest and dearest that we love them.

The Fault in Our Stars serves as a reminder that life is fleeting, and that death is a very real and major part of it, able to strike us at any time. The Fault In The Stars isn’t simply about cancer at its heart, it’s about two incredible young people who relish and enjoy life as it is, who just so happen to be affected by cancer.

Hazel and Gus, being cancer sufferers, know that they do not have long to live. They devote their time telling their parents everyday that they love them, doing what they want and importantly, following their lifelong dreams. For Hazel, this is getting in touch with her favourite author, Peter Van Houlton and finding out what happens at the end of her favourite novel. Augustus Waters, known fondly as Gus, helps her achieve this dream with everything in his power to do so.

The two love each other madly and unconditionally. Seeing them in their darkest moments was heart-wrenching and incredibly scary because its real. With unnerving strength of living with cancer, they help get through with having each other to lean on. I just loved how Hazel and Gus just chose to enjoy each others company and focus on their happiness, rather than creating unnecessary emotional drama that we see so often in novels these days….and in real life.

Rather, they have enough going on with their health that they’re not going to sweat the small stuff, and do what they have to do to survive. That’s why when their cancer survivor – now blind friend Isaac deals with his pain by trashing all the trophies in Gus’s room, they just let him do it and egg him on. These characters are suffering in a very real way that we could only dream of understanding, and John Green captures it within the pages beautifully.

Like so many others, I found Hazel and Gus to be very real, their strength, humour, and their charm to be riveting and touching. The story of meeting each other at a very fragile point in their lives and living and loving each other is heartbreaking and beautiful.

There were Peter Van Houtens – miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically, doing whatever they had to do to keep walking around…Neither of these futures struck me as particularly desirable, It seemed to me that I had already seen everything pure and good in the world.

The Fault in Our Stars is not a novel about cancer. It’s about a mutual love of literature, young love at its brightest, family support, chasing after your dreams, letting others in and giving them your whole heart and self – about the greatest parts of life itself.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE! Whether you are celebrating with a loved one or it’s just another quiet day at home, I hope you take the time to realise that you are an important part in this world. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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36 responses to “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review: Love is undying

  1. Jeann, your review has made me want to read this book, even if I know it's gonna be heartbreaking and it's gonna make me cry and I'm gonna hate it and love it and generally stab me in the feels. I don't usually read books about cancer, because of my line of work (being an oncology nurse and all) but I so agree with the general message of the book. Life is too short to waste it, love more, laugh more and live more!
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  2. I've been holding off reading the book… I know I'm going to love it but I'm afraid I'll get too emotional. Anyway, I liked what you shared about how this book was so much more than a story about cancer. I think it's wonderful that this story reminds us all to cherish those who are with us every day. Thank you for sharing how much you've enjoyed the story!
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  3. Wow. This review captures perfectly what this book really is. It's not only about cancer, as you mentioned, but so much more and not everyone knows that. I loved this books tons and am looking forward to watching the movie on June. I know I will cry oceans with it. I love how Gus fangirls with the book Hazel gives him <3 So many loveable things here and teachings of how life can be, and how to not let the drama bring you down, sick or not. Great review and happy belated Valentine's day! 😀

    • Thanks Jennifer, haha it's so cute how he fangirls over the book, I loved that part! Good memories 🙂 I think this is the type of book you could read over and over. Hope you had a lovely V day!

  4. I'm generally not a "cancer book" kind of reader, but I'll have to agree that this one just wasn't a random cancer book. It had depth, and character, and feelings. I have to admit that I cried quite a lot in this one, but I still thought it wasn't as great as everyone says… Still, I'll give props to John Green for giving us two perfectly imperfect (and very lovable) characters who'll stick with us for life.
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  5. Great review! I read it sometime around August of last year… it was pretty depressing to read but for some reason I'm that oddball who didn't cry or get remotely close to crying. O_O

    *still feels odd*
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    • Yeah, the words were forming in my head even while I was reading the book. I know what you mean about not being able to do a book justice, I still haven't reviewed Angelfall yet. Thanks for visiting Bec!

  6. Beautiful review Jeann, I really need to read this book. Just reading your review made me teary eyed about the characters and what they're going through! I love what you said that this is not a book about cancer, I love books that focuses on the beauty of things even when everything is so bleak. Thank you for the loveliest review!
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  7. What a gorgeous review Jeann! You brought tears to my eyes. I confess I've been putting off reading this one since I watched my Best Friend's niece fight and ultimately lose her battle to cancer just after she turned 18 so it's always seemed too painful to read Hazel and Gus's story but it sounds like they live their lives just as Amy did, with a lot of heart, bravery and smiles so I think I'm going to finally give this one a go. x
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  8. Ohh, this brings back memories Jeann, memorising review. I can't believe you haven't read this before now, it's one of those books that everyone needs to read. I might do a reread soon. It's definitely John Green at his best.

  9. This has been in my list since last year but until now, I still don't have the time to read it. YA contemporary is not my usual read. It's going to be a movie soon and I have to read it before I watch it.
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