Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

 

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Published: Penguin Australia Jan 2013

Status: Read on January 23, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy Penguin Au/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

I was thrilled to finally get my hands on a copy of The Fault in Our Stars. A bestseller in it’s year of release of 2012, it has received accolades from both critics and readers alike. The gushing, gif laden reviews on Goodreads are hard to ignore as is the frequency at which this novel comes up in ‘best of’ lists amongst bloggers.

In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green explores the sensitive subject of adolescent cancer with heart and humour. Hazel is sixteen, her constant companion a portable oxygen bottle, the cancer invading her lungs that will someday claim her life kept at bay by a miracle drug. Forced to attend a Cancer Support Group by her parents, Hazel meets seventeen year old Augustus, in remission after sacrificing his leg to sarcoma.

Rarely has a book left me feeling so conflicted, The Fault in Our Stars is moving, poignant, funny and charming. I teared up several times, laughed out loud, smiled like a goon and sighed heavily. I read it in a few frantic hours and refused to look up. I cared about Hazel, fell in love with Augustus, sympathised with their families, wanted to smack the douche bag drunken author about the head with his own book. In short I adored it.

The thing is The Fault in Our Stars has plenty of flaws too. It is emotionally manipulative, it often contradicts it’s own intent to be subversive and it is at times it’s terribly glib. I tried to care, but in the end I had to simply let it go.

The Fault of Our Stars is incredible – not perfect – but compelling and masterfully crafted. What more is there to say?

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 21:54:08

    Wow! Now I think I must read it to feel that rollercoaster ride for myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts….

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  2. Leeswammes
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 00:28:01

    My son is reading this at the moment and he almost forgets it’s computer time, he’s so into the book! 🙂

    I read it and enjoyed it too. It’s not perfect, as you say, but a good read. I especially liked it that they visit Amsterdam, of course.

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  3. Leslie
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 01:58:44

    I am hesitant on this one but I keep reading (mostly) positive reviews. I have an audio copy so I’ll probably give it a try and see for myself.

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  4. mpartyka
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:40:43

    I will read this eventually… I struggle with my own cancer experiences and fiction. I see the flaws and its still fresh enough to bother me. That said, I haven’t found a bad review for this one.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 11, 2013 @ 16:12:48

      I think it has the potential be a very difficult read Mari, it’s all about perspective I think.

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  5. mpartyka
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:42:23

    I can’t read this one yet… My cancer experiences are still fresh, making flaws bother me even though I understand every diagnosis is unique. My issue….

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  6. Teddyree
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 10:53:33

    Wonderful review, I agree it is one that leaves you conflicted. I loved the thoughts and memories it provoked …

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  7. Kate Forsyth
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 11:40:23

    I’ve had this on my ‘must read’ list for ages, but have never got to it. I think you may have nudged it up the list a long way after that lovely review 🙂

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  8. Laura Fabiani
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 12:24:05

    I loved this one too!

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  9. Jennifer
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 02:17:14

    This book! It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go :*) Sigh…

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  10. Kathy J
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 04:02:29

    I’m hoping to read this sometime in 2013 (after I get done with the rest of my TBR’s!). I really hope I’m not disappointed after all the build-up this book has had!

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  11. Marg
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 21:13:30

    I do love a book that makes you cry – ugly, sobbing crying. This one definitely counts as one of those!

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  12. Kate Lovedaykate loveday
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 17:48:18

    This sounds un-put- downable and I think I must read it, although I’m sure it will be an emotional experience, having lost someone close to cancer. Thank you for the review,

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