Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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4.5 stars to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I found this book on the shelf in my building’s resident library and brought it home. I’d wanted to sample a Green novel but wasn’t sure which one. ‘Let It Snow’ was also there, so I took it, too! I added both to my Monthly Book Bucket List on my blog, and this was the book followers selected in my September Reads poll. Thank you so much. I adored the novel and was very excited to see so many other fans.

Cancer and death are rough topics. Kids or teens with the disease are even harder. Throw in an author whom Hazel is dying to meet (pun intended) and her first love, could this have any more tug on our heart strings? Maybe a little, hence the 4.5 stars, but I’d still recommend this book as one to get to when you can. I read a few of the negative reviews where they talk about the characters feeling like cardboard or the plot being too much too handle. For me, I thought it was all quite powerful and had lots of depth. There were a few surface qualities, but they’re easily overlooked when 90% of the book is definitely solid.

I knew there would be death. I wasn’t sure who, and I was somewhat surprised by when and how. I also was shocked at the incident with the author in Amsterdam. I never saw it coming — neither the initial meeting or the one weeks later. Wow! He’s got quite a personality… I’m not sure I’d have the strength to deal with writing about this topic in a book. It’s painful and horrifying. I wouldn’t want to interview patients with cancer as I’d feel too much of the emotion and the fear. I don’t think I’d do it justice in my words, but many times, Green conveys exactly what I would think if it had been me. Kudos to him for doing it justice on many levels.

The metaphors are strong. The language is simple. The messages are clear and direct. In the end, I found the whole thing charismatic (in terms of liking the characters) and emotional, though it didn’t actually make me cry like a few other books have in the past. I’m a little off in my reviews this week, probably because I’ve been reading a book a day and can’t seem to come up with the right words afterward. That said… I’m glad I read this one and definitely look forward to another Green novel. Suggestions on what’s next? Oh, I guess I need to see the movie, too… right?

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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28 thoughts on “Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    Mintly said:
    September 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    I read this years ago. really love the story line, really worth reading!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    September 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Great review!! It’s been a while since I have read this but I’m pretty sure I cried. I think a reread might be in my future.

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    celinelingg said:
    September 2, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Well, I know this book is a major bestseller and has been made into movie but the thing is I am not really into romance genre. That’s what makes me consider up until now whether to read or skip this book. After reading your review, maybe I’ll try to start reading it someday..

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 2, 2018 at 6:26 PM

      There’s some level of romance, but they actually don’t really have any sort of physical relationship other than 1 time and it’s not described much… it’s more a bit of teen / YA angst over dating, dealing with repercussions of cancer, and conversations with friends / family. Hope that helps! 🙂

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    Jazz said:
    September 2, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Great review! I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now but I tend to avoid sad books like that plague!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 2, 2018 at 6:27 PM

      It is definitely sad, and there’s some moments where it’s hard to deal with, but it’s not the worst sad one I’ve ever read! 🙂

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    Jina Bazzar said:
    September 2, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    I had the option to pick this one or paper towns a few months back. I’m not sure why i picked paper towns, seeing that all the hype went around this one , but that’s what i picked. there was a lot of metaphors there too, the language was simple, but there was a lot of riddles there. It’s an ordinary story following high school seniors, but it’s relatable, and i actually liked it.
    But i’m now glad i didnt read this one, i hate sad books. it makes me sad too, and i stay like that for a few days.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 2, 2018 at 6:28 PM

      I think this would have a week-long impact on you… have you seen the movie version? That might be harder! Was Paper Towns worth it?

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        Jina Bazzar said:
        September 3, 2018 at 3:09 AM

        No, I didn’t watch it. I don’t think anyone in my family did either, i haven’t heard anyone talking about it. Paper towns was worth reading, . It’s nothing fancy or fast paced, but you keep wanting to know what’s coming next. it’s got an element of mystery too, so, it was kind of a page turner for me – i’m a curious person.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM

        Sounds like something I’d like. If I watch fault I’ll let you know if it’s worth listening too or taking a chance.

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        Jina Bazzar said:
        September 3, 2018 at 3:10 AM

        I didn’t like the ending though, i was expecting something … not ordinary, but it’s more on par with real life.

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    Priyasha said:
    September 2, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL THE TIMES..💖💖💖

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 2, 2018 at 6:28 PM

      Really? Wow! Do you love the author’s other books as much? Cool.

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    carhicks said:
    September 4, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Great review James, I read this one awhile ago and it was a tough read. You are so right the topics are hard ones to deal with, especially when it is young people who are sick.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 4, 2018 at 4:51 PM

      True. I think I want to read more from him, but I’ve got to check out reviews from others to see what’s the best next one to sample.

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    Arachnid Weaver said:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:51 PM

    Love this book. Turtles All The Way Down is another good one.

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