Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsI was unconvinced when three people in as many days recommended I read The Fault in Our Stars. I was uncertain about the book because it was classified as a “young adult” novel. Apparently I think I’m just too grown up for such reading.

I’m glad I took the chance and read the sample because, as soon as I started the book, I was hooked.

The book, written by John Green, tells the story of 16-year-old Hazel, a girl with terminal cancer and more than a tinge of depression.

Hazel meets a boy, Augustus, at a support group for children with cancer that her mother forces her to attend.

The couple, who share a snarky, dark and private sense of humor, fall in love while trying to embrace and deny death and life, while putting meaning to it all.

The love story and the deeper narrative in the book were incredibly written. The Fault in Our Stars is easily the most well written book I’ve read in at least a year.

My favorite line comes from the budding romance part of the book. It reads: “His every syllable flirted.” Can you get any more lollipop sweet than that?

I swooned and cried while reading this book. It’s an absolute must read. It reminded me that everyone has his or her own roads to travel, but the journey may sometimes be sweeter than the destination.

21 comments
ThinDifference
ThinDifference

I read this book last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. The reason I picked it up was that it was targeted to teens, so I was curious on why the story worked for this audience. There also was a health angle. Anyway, it was a well-written, relevant story. 

danielalex_book
danielalex_book

Hey Kenna

It sounds very sweet.

Would you recommend it for guys as well?

dadblunders
dadblunders

Kenna,


Thank you for the recommendation. I don't have nearly as much time to read as I once did but I am most definitely keeping a "future" reading list for myself. I am placing this in the "must" read list.


Aaron Brinker aka DadBlunders

chattyprof
chattyprof

Kenna, I loved, loved, loved, loved this book like I wouldn't believe. I saw it reviewed in People and then read it in just a few nights. I want to read more that he's written, too. What an amazing story that was. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too. Ellen

profkrg
profkrg

Ah! One of the ladies who recommended this book! @PegFitzpatrick: Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars http://t.co/Fqu5uSDV #100Books

profkrg
profkrg moderator

@ThinDifference Is it possible that this book works for most audiences? I think the understanding or curiosity that surrounds death might make it such.

ChattyProf
ChattyProf

@profkrg Oh, yes... I commented :)

profkrg
profkrg moderator

@danielalex_book Since one of the primary characters is a young boy, I think it would work well for men too. It is sweet, though.

profkrg
profkrg moderator

@dadblunders You should read my post on making time to read. ;) I'm all about it!

profkrg
profkrg moderator

@chattyprof I wonder if the others are as good. I was concerned about my review because I didn't want to build it up to be so good that it couldn't go anywhere but down. I hope I didn't do that.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Ellen!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@profkrg So so good. Right? I saw it in Triberr and couldn't wait to read your review even thought I KNEW you'd love it.

profkrg
profkrg moderator

@PegFitzpatrick That also is a good one! Thanks for the recommendation! What should I read next?

ThinDifference
ThinDifference

@profkrg In my opinion, it absolutely works for both audiences. It is a wonderfully written story that is relevant for young and old adults. Unfortunately, death crosses age lines. The story of relationships and experiences in this book provides an outlook necessary for all audiences. I was impressed with the writing and the story. Thanks! Jon

profkrg
profkrg

@ChattyProf I wonder why I didn't get an email. :(

profkrg
profkrg

@PegFitzpatrick so good! I read it in like a day.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@profkrg Me too, I stayed up until I finished it. I couldn't stop. #TFIOS

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