The Fault in Our Stars Review
Author: John Green
Quick Synopsis: From the book jacket…
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
From the moment that Gus said “Goddamn, aren’t you something else,” I fell in love with him. Many reviewers are complaining that both Hazel and Gus are too smart for their age, but I disagree. They have both had a lot of time to philosophize about life and death. While I have never personally experienced terminal illness firsthand,I think the dialogue is perfect. These are teenagers who were forced to grow up faster than anybody should ever have to. Even Gus’s whole cigarette theory made sense to me. I took it as him saying that just because he has the cigarette (or cancer), it doesn’t have the power to kill him.
I broke down when Hazel found Gus at the gas station. I appreciate that the end of his life wasn’t glorified. In this way, the novel was very believable.
I LOVED the dialogue between Hazel and Gus. Their conversations made me feel like I was watching a warped version of Gilmore Girls.
The ending was perfect for this novel. We know that Hazel is going to die soon, but we don’t need to explicitly experience it. It actually warms my heart to think that they are soon going to be together in Heaven. I know that this is a work of fiction, but it felt so real while I was reading it.
I was fortunate to find a SIGNED COPY of this book last night at Barnes & Noble. I picked it up faster than you can say “Okay.” In my haze of excitement, I walked/ran to the lady at the counter and asked her if it was legitimate. When she said it was, I bought it right there on the spot. Now I have two copies: one to keep forever, and one to lend to everybody.