Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is not the story of cancer.  It is just the story of two kids who have cancer.  Our narrator is Hazel, a 16 year old girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV Thyroid Cancer, but as part of a trial she found a miracle that is keeping her alive (and it didn't work for most).  She meets Augustus Waters at a cancer kids support group, which she tried to get out of going.  He had his leg amputated due to his disease, but doesn't appear to be currently suffering.  This is the story of their adventure together, something they and others need.

I loved the story.  I love Hazel's personality.  She doesn't dwell on her illness.  She knows the truth.  She knows when something's a cancer perk.  She doesn't let it bother her.  It's a fact of life.  The same with her new friend, Augustus or Gus as he likes to be called.  He does things for Hazel.  He has a fake leg and has every right to complain about things, but he doesn't.  He wants life to be fun and he allows that to happen.

The story will tug at your heartstrings.  It will make you feel many emotions.  That's the mark of a great story, when you get emotionally involved.  John Green has the ability to get the reader sucked in.

My review does not do the book justice.  It can't.  The only thing that can is reading the book itself!

I read this book for pure pleasure.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.


  1. To me this was so sad to read, that word C sends shivers down my spine. Well written but I had the tissues ready.


    1. It was sad, but in a happy way, if you know what I mean.