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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
Suggested Ages: 13+
Dutton Books (Penguin Books)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours 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 tumours 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 a 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 Good Stuff
  • Damn you Green, you kept me up till 1:30 am and my eyes were still bloodshot in the morning from crying
  • Realistic teens and I know its very hard to believe for a YA book but the parents are not assholes -- I know so very rare
  • Brilliant dark humour thrown in exactly where it is needed 
  • If you don't love these characters there is something seriously wrong with you
  • Tough read as a Mom - cannot even imagine watching my child die
  • Hazel is tough and funny and caring and well quite frankly someone to admire
  • Hopeful - I know that sounds weird, but there is just something hopeful and reaffirming about the whole story
  • Never saccharine or unrealistic
  • Hate writing reviews for books I loved because I feel like I cannot express the right words to convey their brilliance
  • Will be buying the rest of Green's books with my next paycheck
  • Even the secondary characters are well developed
  • Could not put it down - even-though I knew someone might not make it and it deals with kids suffering and have hard time reading that sort of story 
  • Everything just flows perfectly 

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Did I mention how red my eyes were when I woke up the next day
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" I hated hurting him.  Most of the time I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this. They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and omega of my parent's suffering."

"That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how  utterly unprecedented you are?"

"Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District" He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This one is pretty much for everyone.  There is a sex scene but it is tasteful - just an FYI in terms of audience
  • Tough read for parents especially those whose children have had/have cancer

5 Dewey's

I received a copy of this at the Children's Breakfast at BEA 2012


  1. I dont know what is taking me so long to read this one. BTW, your review is awesome. You said all the right things!

  2. Great review! I loved this book as well, and I cried my eyes out too.
    Kelly @The Secret Bookworm

  3. I really need to pick this book up, everyone talks about it so much! It sounds like such a beautiful story and I love books that really hit you hard and make you feel all the emotions!

  4. I cried a lot reading this book as well! Glad you loved it. Awesome review, Jennifer! :)