The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has that same type of undefinable quality as the Harry Potter series. The one that makes you feel a part of something, just by reading the book. Like there is a secret club that everyone that has read the book can join – but you still feel like it was all created just for you. The kind of book that can change the way you think.

First of all: this review? No spoilers. No discussion of specific plot points. Just raving. I went into The Fault in Our Stars knowing next to nothing, and that is what I think you should try to do as well.

Sometimes I forget that a lot of young adult books are written differently than books meant for adults. Everything is a little simpler and easier to follow. Not a bad thing – not at all! I’ll I’m trying to get across is the fact that books by John Green are different. He knows how intelligent teenagers are. The Fault in Our Stars can stand up next to any literary fiction you want to throw at it.

You know the really awesome books that have passages you constantly want to quote? The Fault in Our Stars is not one of those books. I couldn’t pick out just a few things to quote if I tried! I constantly kept having to put the book down in wordless awe. Seriously unbelievably great writing.**

So, instead, I picked out a simple passage that I just thought was funny and insightful:

“Hazel Grace,” he said.

“Hi,” I said. “How are you?”

“Grand,” he said. “I have been wanting to call you on a nearly minutely basis, but I have been waiting until I could form a coherent thought in re An Imperial Affliction.” (He said “in re.” He really did. That boy.)

The personalities. The writing. What is there even to say? John Green, y’all. John freakin Green.

The Fault in Our Stars was just the most thoughtful, hysterical, hopeful piece of devastating sadness. Pick an adjective. John Green took me there. Everyone – read this book so he can take you there too!

Check out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green on Goodreads / Amazon

**As much as it might sound like I’m a deranged fangirl, my enthusiasm for The Fault in Our Stars does not extend to full-time stalking of John Green. Promise.

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  • Chachic January 16, 2012, 1:26 am

    I’m just at the beginning of this book but I can’t wait to finish reading it! I’m hoping I’ll love it just as much as you did.
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  • Ashley B January 16, 2012, 1:59 am

    *cries* I WANT this book, SO bad! I can’t BELIEVE I didn’t preorder it. I don’t even remember WHY I didn’t (although I feel like it was (maybe) a legit reason but… Hmm… )

    ANYWAY. I’m SO glad to hear that you loved this one!

    Sometimes, these fangirl reviews really are the absolute best. I SO SO SO want to read this one!

    I’ve only read Alaska by JG so far, but of all the synopses I’ve read of his book, this one DOES sound the most like an Ashley book. I can’t WAIT to get my hands on it! 🙂
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  • Heather@ The Flyleaf Review January 16, 2012, 10:16 am

    Yes, yes, and yes! I finished this book last night and I am still trying to collect my thoughts to try and write a review that gives it justice. Totally agree with you about not dumbing the writing down for a younger audience. John Green can do no wrong… Great review:)
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  • Andrea January 16, 2012, 10:51 am

    Such a great book! I had lots of gushing in my review, too, although I failed to mention like you did that I’m not a John Green stalker. Oops! There goes my street cred (if I had any).
    Great review, and I agree with feeling like you’re part of a club but how the book feels like it has something special in it, just for you – just like An Imperial Affliction did for Hazel!

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    • Allison (AllureofBooks) January 16, 2012, 2:15 pm

      oooo, nice parallel! I love the thought that this book will be for a lot of people what An Imperial Affliction was for Hazel…

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  • YA Book Queen January 16, 2012, 11:09 am

    Oh, I so want to read this one! My copy got lost somewhere in the mailing process, so I still need to go buy a new one…and you are tempting me into doing so today! 🙂

    Fabulous review,
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  • Hanna January 16, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Okay, so I know this is everywhere right now, but I’ve kind of skimmed every other review because I THOUGHT I knew what it was about. For some reason I read yours properly, and hey, turns out I had NO IDEA AT ALL what it was about.

    Now, unfortunately, I’m absolutely dying to read this. I think it may just be the first purchase into the shopping basket when I eventually get paid 🙂

    In the meantime, I might pop off and see which other John Green books my library has. I’ve never read a single one, can you believe it?

    Hanna
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  • Brandy January 16, 2012, 6:21 pm

    “The Fault in Our Stars was just the most thoughtful, hysterical, hopeful piece of devastating sadness.”

    I love this line-good wordsmithing on your part! And a very apt description of the book, though for me it was a little off. My review is posting Thursday and I attempted to explain why but don’t fully understand it myself.
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  • Holly January 17, 2012, 12:05 am

    Knowing next to knowing before going in => Yes!

    I’m so happy to be part of that club. 🙂

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