The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Spoilers!)

Posted February 5, 2015 by Inge in Reviews / 16 Comments

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Spoilers!)The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
on January 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 338
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Spoilers

I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars twice now, and my opinion of the book hasn’t really changed. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. Yet it is a book filled with contrasts.

Hazel is both boring and exciting. For a main character, she’s not exactly the most riveting person to follow around. That’s okay – I don’t expect her to be. When you’re carrying around an oxygen tank the entire time, you have the right to be tedious. I do like how she went from being a passive teenager to opening up once Augustus came along. She’s not annoying (except for when she fixates on scrambled eggs being breakfast food). She’s tolerable.

Gus is both a gentleman and a douche. Augustus has been through a lot, being a cancer survivor. He is constantly surrounded by other people with cancer, yet he’s always smiling. He’s cheerful and good-natured and will do anything for the ones he loves, including giving up his Wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam so she can meet her favourite author. There’s no doubt in my mind that Gus was a good guy, but he was also a pretentious, pompous, vain assclown. The metaphor thing? Ridiculous. I wanted to smack those cigarettes right out of his mouth. Making his girlfriend and best friend live through his funeral twice? That’s just cruel. Dick move, Gus. Dick move.

Peter Van Houten is both… well, actually, he’s just a douche. I have nothing else to say about this guy. He’s a douche.

The book is both happy and sad. Even though it’s a cancer book where people lose their eyes and their lives, TFIOS is still filled with moments to make you laugh and smile. The dialogue being one of them – the book, in general, had a great sense of humour. Only to break your heart and punch you in the gut a couple pages later.

The writing is both ridiculous and amazing. I’m not even going to pretend I understood half of the vocabulary when Peter Van Houten was talking or writing. I have never seen so many random words strung together.

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There’s also no consistency in this. One moment, Hazel and Augustus are talking like the deep philosophers there are, using such words that make me believe they both attended the University of Fancy, and the next, they’re back to “like, whatever” and things like that. If you’re going to turn your main characters into pretentious douche-nozzles, at least be consistent about it.

However, it did have some amazing quotes, like, “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” and, “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this (except for Karolina, who hates this book with a dying passion), but in my opinion, The Fault In Our Stars is by no means perfect. But it doesn’t have to be. Because it’s still a quick and enjoyable read, and one that made me smile.

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16 responses to “The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Spoilers!)

  1. Uhhh so, I’m with Karolina (please don’t throw rocks at me).. but I love how balanced this review is. You certainly reminded me there were still some redeeming qualities. And okaaay, some lines off the book were indeed totally quotable. (I thought some were also a bit douchey though :p )

    • Oh, there’s definitely a high douche factor in this book. Some of the characters, but also the way that it’s written. There will be no rock throwing.. at least not by me 😉

  2. Felicia (asillygirl)

    I feel like this about it too. I thought it was an all right book, and that’s it. (:

    – Love, Felicia

    • Exactly. We’re a small minority – most people either love it or hate it – but we’re here! And it’s nice to sort of balance between both sides.

  3. You know I just can’t stand contemporary books usually…I try to read at least two a year, but hey this one is a movie so I won’t bother reading it, plus it’s about cancer too and yeah no can’t do that one of my best friends has cancer and I don’t want to read about any sad stuff like that…just can’t do it. But hey you are one of the only people I know that isn’t gushing love for this one lol.

    • Haha yeah, I really wanted to like it because it was a cancer book, if that makes sense. I initially felt bad for not liking it. It’s a sensitive subject because pretty much everyone is touched by the disease in one way or another, so I absolutely understand you not wanting to read it.

  4. I agree on this one – the book had some great moments and dialogue, but all in all I’m not head over heels in love with it. It’s a good book though, and I can see why some people really connect with it.

    • I can see the appeal, I just thought some of it was overdone or unlikeable or.. I don’t know. It’s a beautiful story – I would’ve loved to be able to swoon over this one.

  5. Cecilie Blomberg

    I really like your review! It was something else entirely than other reviews I have read, and I do agree with you on most things. Except, I did not find Hazel boring. I thought she was a great character and one of made the book worth reading even though I found it silly. Augustus on the other hand, I can’t stand him. This book felt like it was just there to leave the audience happy. A girl with cancer, why not just create a seemingly perfect boyfriend for her. That will fulfill her life. No.

    Cucie @ Cucie reads

    • Thank you, Cucie! Yes, the book was definitely written with a certain audience in mind, something to cry and to swoon over. I don’t know, I didn’t think Hazel had an awful lot of personality, but I like that we got to know her just when Gus entered her life and she started doing more.

  6. Lola R

    I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading this, my sister did read it and I asked her to spoil the ending for me as I was curious. I don’t like books that are written to make me cry, as I don’t like that. I have read a book with a similar plo about peopel who struggled/ had struggled with a disease and bad things happen.
    Also I find it interesting to read your review and how you don’t love or hate it as most people seem to love or they really don’t like it all, so it’s nice to see someone who’s in the middle for a change.

    • Thank you, Lola. We’re definitely a minority, seeing as others either hate it or love it. I’m not one to like sad books either. I want books to be diverting, so either fantasy to get me sucked in, or humour to make me feel better. This book did have some humour, but the ending is definitely written to punch you in the gut.

  7. Olivia Roach

    It was good to see a few review on the book after reading your movie/comparison review. I do agree with you about the characters. Hazel is merely okay, and Gus is nice enough but that metaphor idea really bothered me >.> Although the writing style isn’t necessarily bad or anything, I will say that John Green’s writing simply isn’t for me in general. His writing doesn’t engage me enough, and this is something I have gathered from reading other books of his too.

    • His writing isn’t bad, it’s just.. different. I’ve only read TFIOS so I don’t know about his other books, though I’ve heard it’s a lot of the same.

  8. La Coccinelle

    Eh… I didn’t really like this book, either. Too pretentious for my taste. (And that GIF made me LOL. Now that’s going to be how I imagine John Green at work on his next novel…)

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