The Fault in Our Stars–Book Review

The night I finished John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I sat on my bed crying. For Hazel and Augustus. For the friend I lost to cancer years ago. For the people I was afraid to love. For those I never realized I’d lose.

John Green doesn’t just evoke emotion. Over the past few days, he took me on an odyssey of emotions. He’s made me look inside myself. Questions things. And THINK. Think differently, think obsessively, think openly.

I can’t quite explain all the reasons I was crying, but it’s definitely because of his beautiful prose, his disarmingly lovable characters, and his vivid storytelling.

But this book didn’t just make me cry. It made me laugh out loud and smile like I haven’t since college. The characters are brilliantly witty and their dark humor in the face of oblivion is oddly uplifting.

Some of my favorite lines:

“Depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost anything is, really.)”

“And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

“Ma’am, your daughter’s car has just been deservedly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we’ll be forced to call the police.”

If I could only read one book for the rest of my days, this is the book I’d choose to read.

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20 Responses to The Fault in Our Stars–Book Review

  1. zelmare says:

    Sounds like something not to miss! 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    I absolutely loved this book. It is literary genius. Everyone from every walk of life must read this book. It may be Young Adult but it crosses every age line. It speaks to people of all ages. It is timeless. It is a classic.

  3. Sounds like I’d better look for this one if those are some of the lines. Thanks for sharing

  4. 4amWriter says:

    Sounds like a pivotal book, one that will make you think and do things differently.

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’ve heard wonderful things about the book, but I wasn’t sure I could bring myself to “go there.” From what you’ve written, sounds like it would be worth the trip.

    • I hear you. It’s the second cancer related book I’ve read this summer. It’s like deciding today is a good day to go to The Holocaust Museum. There is never a good day to hear about and see images of the horrors inflicted during that period in history. But sometimes we need to do it. For them and for us. 🙂

  6. Elliot says:

    I’ve heard good things about this book. Another to add to the list 🙂

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    “If I could only read one book for the rest of my days, this is the book I’d choose to read.”

    Wow, that’s an amazing endorsement!

  8. char says:

    Wow! Thanks for the review. Your last sentence sold me…if the book is good enough for you to want it as your only thing to read, that’s saying something! Will go put on my list of books to get right now.

  9. La La says:

    Sounds like one to add to my list!!!

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