I don’t often throw around the phrase “it was one of the best stories I’ve ever read” quite often… but really, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green was one of the best I’ve ever read. As I promised in my Train of Thought series intro, I’ll be reviewing books I’ve read and providing my personal recommendation. If you don’t agree with my opinions, well so be it.. not every one likes the same books. I’ll be keeping these reviews short and simple — no one likes a plot spoiler.
The Fault In Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two teenagers who meet at at a kid’s cancer support group in Indianapolis. This is a love story, but quite an unconventional one, seeing that Hazel is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Through out the story, John Green leads us through the ups and downs of Hazel and Augustus’s friendship. In short, I’d say it was brilliant. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to never have had a family member affected by a terminal illness, therefore this gave me an insight into a world I’ve never experienced.
From start to finish, this page turner led me to see how often I take my own life for granted and triggered thoughts I had never even thought of. Of course, when you have a character with a terminal illness, it’s expected there will be parts that will make you cry… but there was also parts that made me smile and realize life’s true lessons and realities.
John Green, thank you for writing such an amazing book, one that I finished in less than two days. Unfortunately, I can’t include much more in this review without giving any of the story away… besides the fact that the plot twist almost made my heart stop with shock. For anyone looking for their next read, I highly suggest adding The Fault In Our Stars to the top of your list.
PS – yes, I know there’s a film adaption of this book, but do yourself a favor… if you haven’t seen it yet, read the book first.