BOOK REVIEW: The Fault In Our Stars – by John Green


Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
First published: January 10th 2012
Finished reading: June 29th 2014
Pages: 316
Rating 4,5

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”


I know, I’m probably one of the last persons on earth reading The Fault In Our Stars. This book by John Green has created quite a hype in the past, and now I’ve read it, I can understand why. I’m not sure if it was because of the tragic love story between two cancer-stricken teenagers. I’m not sure if it was because I was crying my eyes out as I was trying to finish the story. I’m not even sure if it was because of their trip to Amsterdam causing me to have a flashback of all the great moments I had in that city. But what I do know is that I loved it. And that I without hesitation would recommend The Fault In Our Stars to anyone that can appreciate well written YA novels and don’t mind getting ready a box of tissues before reading. Great read!


Since most will know exactly what the book is about without me repeating all the details, I will keep the summary short. We start with meeting Hazel Grace, who has been fighting thyroid cancer ever since she was thirteen years old. And although she has been declared terminal ever since she was diagnosed and needs oxygen to help her breathe (since ‘her lungs suck at being lungs’), Hazel is still able to go to certain places. In The Fault In Our Stars, we follow her touching journey which is both about trying to live with cancer and trying to have something close to normal teenage life. Hazel is quite a loner, and most of the time prefers being at home with her favorite book An Imperial Affliction, which is like a personal Bible to her.

One day things change as she meets Augustus (or Gus) at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Augustus is currently in remission after having lost a leg to cancer, and goes to the meeting mostly to support his friend Isaac. When he meets Hazel, Augustus decides he has to get to know the girl better… And what starts as a simple friendship bound together by books, soon grows to something more intense. Hazel thinks ‘she’s a grenade’ and wants to ‘minimize the casualties’.  But Augustus doesn’t want to forget her and ignore his feelings, and even spends his wish on making hers come true: a trip to Amsterdam to finally meet the author of her favorite book. But life isn’t perfect and has some nasty surprises ready for both already suffering teenagers. Because ‘the world is not a wish-granting factory’… And life is just not fair.


There has been a mayor hype around this book and the movie version; in this case I think it’s worth it. The Fault In Our Stars is a book with a strong message that is very likely to provoke tears. If you haven’t read it yet and like YA novels, this one is definitely worth reading!

21 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Fault In Our Stars – by John Green

  1. You’re not the last person to read this book, that would be me. hehe. I’m hesitant because I don’t like sad stories and I have a feeling this one doesn’t end happily ever after.


    • I wasn’t the only one in the end then. 😉 The Fault In Our Stars isn’t the typical fairy tale ending kind of book, so if you don’t like sad stories, it might be better to leave this one alone.


  2. Yes, one of my favorite books in the last two years. Another great was Me Before You. (sigh) I also enjoyed The Rosie Project. So glad you enjoyed this one. I’m afraid to see the movie.


    • I haven’t read the other two you mentioned, although I’ve heard of Me Before You. I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy the movie as much as the book, since I normally don’t like romantic or drama movies… But I might try and see it anyway. 🙂


      • Totally agree! I always prefer books mostly because I can use my imagination to create an image of the characters and the world the live in… But movies can show an interesting alternative view and interpretation of the books.


  3. I haven’t read this either!! Its on my to read list. I’ve read some of John Green and wasnt amazed with him as others were. But I will persist and read this one soon. It has so many good reviews after all. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


    • It was the first time I read John Green, and although I enjoyed it, I wasn’t totally blown away by it as others either. I suspect that me being Dutch and having lived close to Amsterdam for quite some time might have to do with me enjoying the book the way I did. 😉 Which books have you read by John Green? I’ve heard they are all quite similar, so I’m not sure if I should read more of his work…


      • I know what you mean, my sister was raving on about Looking For Alaska (one of his other books) telling me it was the best thing ever, but I read it and was like ‘…hmm, its good, but..’
        But then again I wonder if some of his themes become more meaningful if you have lived with similar circumstances or maybe deepen with age. I found especially with Alaska, I struggled to really connect with what he was trying to say about life and death.
        I’ve read both Looking for Alaska and Paper Town, they are both good, very John Green writing style. There are quite a few mentions about Alaska in Paper Towns, so many read in the order if you want to 😀


      • I guess you’re right; without proper connection to the themes or characters, it’s not that easy to be overwhelmed by the book… I’ve heard quite a lot about Looking For Alaska already, and will probably choose it as my next John Green read within the next few months… Maybe I will get a better connection with that one. 😉


  4. I haven’t read this book yet. And I also haven’t read Gone Girl, or Life of Pi… the list goes on… Thanks for the review, I do wnat to read it before I see the film. And it’s really useful to see what the people who left commnets thought of it too. Thanks guys.


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