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The Fault in Our Stars | John Green | Reviewed by Taylah

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The Fault in Our Stars is written by John Green and is probably one of my most favourite books ever. The hype surrounding the book's release was incredible; it was hard not to have high expectations for Green’s new book. However, after just 24 hours of reading I discovered this book was easily one of my favourite books my John Green, if not my favourite book ever.

The story follows teenager Hazel and her journey through terminal cancer. At a support group for cancer patients Hazel meets Augustus. Augustus, a recovered osteosarcoma patient, provides as a companion for Hazel throughout her Cancer journey. Their relationship continues to develop as they explore ideas such as life and death. Hazel’s struggle with the concept of her death being a “grenade” amplifies. It becomes apparent to the readers that Hazel’s tough exterior is incredibly fragile. The struggle sees her and August travelling overseas in search of a special form of closure. (I don't want to ruin it for you!)

John Green is almost famous for his smart use of metaphors and symbolism. Green is often quoted saying “Books belong to their readers”. The thing’s each individual notices and takes from this book will be completely unique. Each time I read the book I manage to pick up on something new or interpret something I already thought I understood, differently.
Genre: Coming of age, Romance, Comedy.

Overall I love this book. I’ve probably read it once every few months since I got it. The book has helped me understand more about my own life and the way to live it. I’ve highlighted, cracked the spine multiple times and basically just worn the book in from the constant reading. I’ve lent the book to so many of my friends after pestering them to read it. Almost everyone I’ve leant it to has returned it and absolutely loved it.
I give The Fault in Our Stars a 4.5/5 stars.

Recommended for:
I'd say this book is for anyone over the age of 12 and any adults. I would say young adults but I know of many young adult writers that read young adult fiction. If you deal with some sort of anxiety, depression or struggle with understanding life and death I recommend you this story as well.
If you’ve enjoyed any of Green’s other books, pick this up! I’d also recommend this to you if you enjoyed Perks of being a wallflower and 13 reasons why.
WARNING: This book is a tear-jerker.

Favourite Quote:
There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.source

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This review was written by regular reviewer Taylah, get to know her here.

5 comments

  1. I know I've commented something similar to this on your personal blog already but TFIOS is definitely one of my favourite books just in general.
    It really helped me when I was feeling a little rough and it definitely helped me think about the fragility of life a little better. And gosh, yes, full on tear-jerker!
    Fab review Taylah :) xoxo

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    1. Thank you! I was so nervous about this going up, all the reviews prior have been great.
      xx

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  2. I've wanted to read this for a while but this convinced me to move it up on my "to read" list :) thanks for a great review!

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  3. I feel like it's a crime that I haven't read anything by John Green yet! You've certainly convinced me. Nice review :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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  4. I usually end up crying while hating the author for getting me with no real effort." Me+The Book Thief=This statement exactly.

    So! I am totally going to read this. Eventually. And I suspect I will cry, but I hopefully won't feel as resentful when I'm doing it as I did with The Book Thief (My actual crying process: This is so sad! I fucking hate that I'm crying because this is not a good book. CRY) Anyway! I think I might read this for the 24 hour readathon because, you know, YA is easy. So. I'll tell you how I feel about it after that :)

    regards,
    dwayne of Anchorage Personal Injury Attorney

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