Read This: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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.

I know I’ve said before on here how LOOKING FOR ALASKA is one of my favorite YA novels of all time. I loved that book. I devoured that book and then ran out and bought everything else John Green had written … and … if I’m being totally honest, none of those books had the same magic for me that ALASKA did. I mean, they were John Green, so they were laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly well written and highly entertaining, but I think maybe I was holding ALASKA on a pedestal and believing nothing could ever top it.

And then THE FAULT IN OUR STARS went and did just that. This book sucker punched me the same way Green’s debut did. The two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, leap off the page. You pity them (and then feel bad for pitying them because the last thing either of them want is your pity). You laugh at their witty repartee (and then ignore the fact that no one actually talks like that because you just don’t care). And in the end, you cry at the unfairness of this fictional situation (and then maybe cry at the unfairness of life in general). And finally you realize that this is the kind of book that will change you and you recommend it to everyone you know. Or … at least I did.

Have you read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS yet? What did you think?

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11 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Jeez, I’m moved by your review alone–I can’t even imagine the emotional impact the book will have on me.

    I’m adding this to my TBR bookshelf right now. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the rec, Meredith!

  2. Laura Hughes says:

    As I said on Twitter, this book had me in tears! However, it was definitely worth the puffy-eyed embarrassment the next morning! This was my first John Green book, and wow…I agree with everything you said. One thing that stood out for me was his attention to detail for things that other authors might brush over. For example, drinking champagne will always be more special now thanks to that waiter in Amsterdam. The ‘I am tasting the stars!’ thing made that moment in the story all the more bittersweet.

  3. Holly says:

    I’m finishing up AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHARINES right now, and this one is next. I’m excited to read it especially since you think it was even better than ALASKA (because, OMG, ALASKA!).

  4. Just started this one last night! I’m only about 25 pages in, but yes, I can totally see why you loved TFIOS the way you did. I’m with you: ALASKA is the best of John Green, but I definitely have high, high hopes for STARS. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. I have my copy of The Fault in Our Stars, but I have yet to read it. However, I did listen to John Green read the first two chapters himself on YouTube (so now anytime I read any of his books I can hear him in my head; it’s epic).

    I’ve only read Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katharines so far. And somehow I must say that I liked Katherines better.

  6. Karen Strong says:

    Yes, yes, yes. I’m reading this now and the voice has captured me just like with LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Loving it so far.

  7. I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m waiting for a while since I really don’t want to be punched in the gut right now.

  8. I’ve been dying to read this and I totally fangirled out when I got my signed copy. I haven’t started it yet but it’s the next book I’m going to read. And your review makes me want to stop working right now and just read it.

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