The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


Young Adult Fiction


I was a bit nervous about reading this novel, because I am an extremely emotional person, and I cry so easily in movies and books. I also stay sad for a while afterwards; almost traumatised by the events in a sad book or movie. My Sister’s Keeper kept me upset for almost a week. Cecelia Ahern’s novels do the same. But I was so intrigued by the huge success that I plucked up the courage to do so.

This is a phenomenally good book.

I recognised the title as a play on Shakespeare, which was another reason I was intrigued, and I can see how it echoes his style also.

Hazel has cancer, she meets a boy – Augustus – who is a cancer survivor; and they both enjoy another novel so much that Augustus takes her to see the author. Being cancer, there is death in this novel too, but that, essentially, is the plot. This simple storyline is so beautiful because it captures how ‘normal’ life is for terminally ill patients. It makes a short life capable of being whole and complete; which I think is difficult for us all to understand. But some people do not have long in this world, and their lives can be fulfilled. I adored this message because though heart-breaking, it also adds a beauty to the significance of such a life.

I was upset by the end of this novel, but not in a bawl-my-eyes-out-for-days way. I actually felt a happy sad.

After loving the novel, I did watch the movie; which I thought was a really good rendition of the novel, and have watched it again since.

Who’s it for?

This is a great, uplifting novel. I recommend it; especially if you are wanting/needing a break from fantasy/myth etc fiction novels.

Read Again-ability?

It’s short and sweet. Easy to re-read.



If you loved this, you’ll love

Any of Cecelia Ahern’s novels

John Green’s Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska

Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper