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Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Fault in our Stars

I suppose one of the advantages of not being able to pick and chose what you read; of not having overstocked shelves bursting at the seams with books, nor a pile of unread releases waiting to be opened, is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. Much like when I read my way through the BBC Top 100, being in Bali, with limited access to literature has meant I’ve read a number of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

John Green’s The Fault in our Stars was one of them. While I’m certainly not opposed to YA literature, other than  the likes of Harry Potter, it’s not a genre I read extensively, and thus I suppose I often overlook many of its books.

Beloved by a nation of readers, The Fault in our Stars is John Green’s sixth novel whose title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

Narrated by sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace who suffers from cancer, she meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters at a support group – an amputee in remission. They bond over their love for literature and soon fall in love. A trip to Amsterdam to track down the author of Hazel’s favourite book ensues, as does a confession from Augustus that his cancer has returned.

Alas, the story is a sad one; as is expected when its two protagonists are cancer patients. Yet despite its not-so-happy ending, The Fault in our Stars is a beautiful and poignant tale about making the most of what life has to offer, ceasing every opportunity that comes our way and cherishing those who we’re lucky enough to love.



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One Comment

  1. samreen
    Posted 4th June 2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I like your review, but often the purpose of reading a review, is to understand another’s perspective especially when regarding books. I wanted to know your opinion on the story, but only got a summary of the story itself and the influence Shakespeare has. So did you like the novel? did you like a particular part, or aspect of the novel? what did you think of then ending? do you want to read any more of john green’s book?

    excuse the email that was 11 year old me.

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