Katelyn’s Book Shelf: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A book that has been receiving a large amount of hype the past year is “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. After quickly reading this book, I think it truly deserves the hype. John Green has released a total of four books, including the highly acclaimed “Looking For Alaska.” Fans of John Green’s work didn’t expect anything less when “The Fault in Our Stars” was released, and he sure did deliver! This young adult book follows a sixteen-year-old girl named Hazel who has been fighting cancer for a few years now. Not expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen at her weekly cancer support group, that quickly changes when she meets Augustus. The two embark on a journey together of battling cancer that will make you laugh, cry, and leave you feeling emotionally connected to the characters.

With a subject like cancer, John Green did an exceptional job of making the book great without leaving the reader offended. He really did a great job of showing that the cancer isn’t what defines the patient. The book really shows how cancer not only affects the patient, but it also affects the people around them. From reading this book, it’s very obvious that John Green really spent time researching cancer and the locations the book was set in. Reading this book gives the reader completely different view on cancer. John Green really approaches cancer in a completely different way then most author’s would. What really makes this book enjoyable is that the character’s personalities are very relatable and witty, despite the situation they are in. The relationship between Hazel and Augustus is unlike any other relationship I have ever read between characters in books. The two have a very intelligent and deep relationship that is very intriguing.

John Green’s writing style makes the book flow perfectly and it is very poetic. He did a fantastic job of balancing the light and serious moments, creating a perfect balance. There were many lines in this book that came out of Augustus and Hazel’s mouth that were so deep and thought provoking. I would literally set the book down for a moment to fully absorb what I had just read. Due to how enjoyable this book was to read, I have given the “Fault In Our Stars” by John Green Five out of Five stars.

This is a book that anyone can read and take something from. The story made me appreciate the small, simple, moments in my every day life I spend with the people I love. Fair warning though; reading this book comes with a large amount of emotions, both happy and sad. This movie is also being made into a movie that will be released the summer of 2014. It seems that John Green has a heavy influence in the making of the movie. With that being the case, I expect the movie to be a great book to movie adaptation. I hope this review has encouraged you to read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. You won’t regret it!



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