I Finally Read THAT Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

November 23, 2013 Review 62 ★★★★½

I Finally Read THAT Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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Publisher: Dutton
Source: Purchased
Pages: 318
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
alise

I waited almost two years to read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. When I realized I was part of the 1% that hasn’t read the book yet, saw that the movie was in production, and was maliciously assaulted to read the book, I finally picked this one up. My expectations for this one were through the roof, and for the most part, they were met.

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

My experience with John Green started with AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, which, sadly, I really disliked. Thankfully, this book wasn’t anything like that book, and I tend not to hold author grudges.

Since almost everyone already knows what this book is about, I’ll just tell you what I thought of it in a barely coherent review that includes an unnecessary amount of gifs.

“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”

First: That. Writing. There are some T-Shirt worthy quotes in this book; quotes that make you think and quotes that almost anyone can relate to. I already ordered my “Okay? Okay.” shirt from RedBubble and forcing the book on my poor friends using threats and violence.

“I do, Augustus. I do.”

Part of the reason I put it off so long was because I knew it was going to be an emotional ride. However, when I finally did get around to picking it up, I was determined not to cry.

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Ha.

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Of course, I just had to be in public at that time, but luckily no one said anything. Or didn’t care-it’s public transportation, you never know.

Although I knew this one wasn’t going to have a happy ending exactly, it was not hard to imagine Hazel and Augustus’ future together, because they really deserved one. *Cue gross sobbing*

I did wonder about all the characters and things after the ending, but I guess we can imagine whatever outcome we want. In that case, I shall leave (myself) and you, this gif:

I am now very anxious to see the movie, because I have always been a more of a crier when it comes to visual things over just reading them. It is needless to say that I highly recommend this book, but don’t forget the tissues.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 4.5

62 Responses to “I Finally Read THAT Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

    • Alise

      Oh, I definitely cried. I just thought I wasn’t going to. It’s really hard trying not to in public, aha! Thanks :)

  1. lectus

    ha ha , I finally read that book too, – a while ago. I had to see what all the commotion was about. I didn’t like it, though. Well, I didn’t like the story within the story (the writer of that book mentioned). If everybody about to die had their wishes come true life would just be perfect. But then again, this is just fiction so everything and anything could happen :-)
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    • Alise

      I would really like to see the list of books that have made you cry then! I’m definitely curious. You are so right, I can’t wait to see what he writes next.

  2. Ariella

    Unfortunately, I’m STILL part of the one percent that hasn’t read the book yet haha ;) I REALLY NEED TO READ IT BUT BUT BUT.. JUST.. I CAN’T. I know it’ll be an emotional ride and I’m generally intimidated. I’m scared I’ll cry but I’m also scared I WON’T cry. ‘Cause you know, it’s the Faults in Our Stars, you HAVE to cry. Generally, I’m just scared of this book so much for no reasons at all >___< I'm happy that you finally read it though :D
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    • Alise

      That’s exactly how I felt when I kept putting this one off! I totally understand. I picked this one up when I was in a reading slump because I knew it would get me back into reading!

  3. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Lol the title of your post “I Finally Read THAT Book”. I don’t know maaan..The Fault Of Our Stars didn’t really give me ‘the feels’, unfortunately. It was a great book, but I did not love it. I still can’t wait to see the movie adaptation, though! I’m glad you liked the book. :)

    • Alise

      Yeah, it wasn’t perfect-the romance developed a little fast for my tastes but I am a huge crier so maybe that’s why I liked it so much xD

  4. Bec

    YES YES YES ALL OF THIS EXACTLY

    I need to have a skype discussion with you about this book and stuff. Also, we know have matching t shirts :3 (except mines a darker blue than it should be)

    • Alise

      And stuff, does sketchy. I’m off this week mostly so I’ll probably be on.
      Okay, I feel like that’s my fault because you asked me which one looked better and I said dark blue >< Because I was uneducated on the shade of blue at the time xD

  5. Cait

    I went into this book toooootally unprepared. I’m NOT a crier. Did I bawl? YES. It was just emotionally from start to finish. I’m so excited for the movie! The actors are awesome and John Green’s had a lot of input, so I hope (fingers crossed!) that it’ll be a pretty close adaption. :)

    • Alise

      xD So many books have done that to me too! If John Green was directly involved, you know it’s going to be made of awesome :)

  6. Israel

    Enjoying the gifs on this post. Anyway, I’m the Grinch gif during the mini chapters leading to the end of The Fault In Our Stars. I have held all the feels together all through, but got seriously teary eyed on some parts so I have to stop reading for a second. I’m highly anticipating for the movie adaptation. Actually, I wrote a blog post about what song could perfectly match one scene from The Fault In Our Stars: http://www.jamnbop.com/2013/11/bop-of-day-holocene-bon-iver.html

  7. Wattle

    I think when the film for this comes out I’ll be going to the cinema with a box of tissues and sunglasses in my bag lol I’m glad you enjoyed this book (I was also in public when the waterworks began, that was unfortunate…) it was such an emotional ride *sigh*
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  8. Tanja

    I’m so happy that you’ve read this book Alise!! Yeah we all think that we can handle it and that we won’t cry but John Greed can kick us all for being that stupid. I’m with you when it comes to the movie. Honestly movies tend to disappoint me and well I’m afraid of this one. Great review :)
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  9. Andreea

    I am so glad you read this book Alise. I read it two months ago two and I also didn’t want to read it at first because I knew it was going to be very emotional due to the subject matter. But i am so glad that I got to read it because it’s one of my favorite book now. I already read Looking for Alaska by John Green and liked it, but this one was soooooooooo much better. I also have Paper Towns and will read it soon.

    Great review.

    Andreea
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    • Alise

      Same! It’s a fantastic read and I wish I hadn’t put it off so long. I really need to read Looking for Alaska :) Thanks!

  10. Aman

    Ah, it looks like I’m still that 1% who hasn’t read it! Has it really been 2 years?!? I’ve been pusihng this book for the same reasons as yours, it’ll be one hell of an emotional ride and I don’t feel like I’m prepared for it. But that’s just my excuse for chickening out. I’m so glad that you picked this book up. Guess, now I have to do it too.
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    • Alise

      I know, it totally doesn’t seem like it has been that long! I don’t think anyone can really be *ready* for TFioS xD

  11. Emily @ Forever Literary

    Welcome to the TFiOS club! I agree about the writing; it is one of the book’s best aspects and I love how you inserted quotes into your review. Other people talk about how the story made them cry, but I just gaze at all the beautifully written lines. I am so excited for the movie, and I hope that since John Green had such a big part in its production, it will stay relatively true tot he plot, themes, etc.
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    • Alise

      Thanks! Those quotes are probably my all time favorites now :) I agree, if he had a say, I definitely think the movie will not be a disappointment!

  12. Nara

    FINALLY!!! Now you see why everyone was pushing you to read it haha. I also tried to take up the challenge of not crying in the book, but that damned letter at the end punched me in the feels. John Green, you sneaky bastard. I was so close…

    When I go to watch the movie I feel like the whole movie theatre is just going to be filled with sobbing people. They ought to hand out tissues along with the tickets.
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    • Alise

      Ahaha, yep! Everything makes sense now! Right? That. Letter. So emotional.

      xD They really should! I’ve never cried IN a movie theatre but this movie will probably change that.

  13. Chantelle

    hahahhahaha “maliciously assaulted”, sounds about right! hahaa Glad you liked it despite having a bad experience with ABoK!!! I love that about John Green, all his books have intelligent protagonists, and the writing is always quite condensed, but yet all his books have very different voices. I wonder if you’ll break your crying rule for this movie… ;)
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    • Alise

      Oh, I KNOW I’ll break my rule for this movie xD It’s going to be so emotional. Yeah, John Green is made of awesomeness :)

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