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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
Suggested Ages: 13+
Dutton Books (Penguin Books)
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • Damn you Green, you kept me up till 1:30 am and my eyes were still bloodshot in the morning from crying
  • Realistic teens and I know its very hard to believe for a YA book but the parents are not assholes -- I know so very rare
  • Brilliant dark humour thrown in exactly where it is needed 
  • If you don't love these characters there is something seriously wrong with you
  • Tough read as a Mom - cannot even imagine watching my child die
  • Hazel is tough and funny and caring and well quite frankly someone to admire
  • Hopeful - I know that sounds weird, but there is just something hopeful and reaffirming about the whole story
  • Never saccharine or unrealistic
  • Hate writing reviews for books I loved because I feel like I cannot express the right words to convey their brilliance
  • Will be buying the rest of Green's books with my next paycheck
  • Even the secondary characters are well developed
  • Could not put it down - even-though I knew someone might not make it and it deals with kids suffering and have hard time reading that sort of story 
  • Everything just flows perfectly 

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Did I mention how red my eyes were when I woke up the next day
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" I hated hurting him.  Most of the time I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this. They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and omega of my parent's suffering."

"That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how  utterly unprecedented you are?"

"Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District" He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This one is pretty much for everyone.  There is a sex scene but it is tasteful - just an FYI in terms of audience
  • Tough read for parents especially those whose children have had/have cancer

5 Dewey's

I received a copy of this at the Children's Breakfast at BEA 2012


  1. I don't know what is taking me so long to read this one. BTW, your review is awesome. You said all the right things!

    1. You have to, you will not be able to put it down. Thanks for such lovely comments. Now go pick up a copy, fabulous!!!!

  2. Great review! I loved this book as well, and I cried my eyes out too.
    Kelly @The Secret Bookworm

    1. Thanks Kelly!!! You cant help yourself from crying, its just so perfect!

  3. I really need to pick this book up, everyone talks about it so much! It sounds like such a beautiful story and I love books that really hit you hard and make you feel all the emotions!

    1. It is so good Andrea, you have to pick it up. It is one of those that you will not be able to stop reading. They are such realistic characters but bring kleenex! If Heather hadn`t already picked it as her `Heathers Pick`I would have put my Staff Picks all over it!

  4. I cried a lot reading this book as well! Glad you loved it. Awesome review, Jennifer! :)

  5. This would be so hard to read as a parent! My eyes were red too. It's such a fabulous book but absolutely heart breaking