The Fault in Our Stars

"The Fault in Our Stars" reviewed by Alyssa Carpenter on July 5, 2014

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Alyssa Carpenter
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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Why did you decide to read this book? Did a friend suggest it? Did it have an interesting cover?: 

I decided to read this book because I had heard that John Green was an amazing author, and my fried was just finishing it. When she finished it, she gave it to me to read. I really enjoyed it.

What is the story about?/What happened in the story?: 

It's about a girl named Hazel who has cancer, and a boy named Augustus who had cancer that made him lose his leg. While Hazel will never fully recover, Augustus seemed that he was through with cancer, but it came back and he ends up dying.

Why did you like this story? or Why did you not like this story?: 

I liked this story because John Green didn't make it seem like just a story. He seemed to make it come to life. He showed the brutal truth about have cancer, and how it could affect your life.

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This is an all around great book, I also recommend that if you read, and like The Fault In Our Stars that you read John Green's other books, too.

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The Fault in Our Stars


This young adult novel by the popular John Green fell into my arms at the YMCA. An exercise buddy suggested that I read it; she was turned on to it by her teenage son. The novel opens at a cancer support group in a church.  Because it's set in Indianapolis some of the landmarks will be familiar. A 16 year-old girl suffering from stage IV thyroid cancer is returning at the insistence of her Mom. "Go out and meet somebody" her mom suggested and without any hope that she will, Hazel does. 

Asked to speak about what she's thinking, Hazel describes how everyone on earth is going to die. It is the only end we can expect and that we have. Her speech is more philosophical and much more eloquent but totally lacking in hope. Afterwards, handsome Augustus who's on the mend from osteosarcoma - 80% chance of survival--tells her he likes what she said.  Not only that but she looks like Natalie Portman. Augustus and Hazel have a mutal friend, Isaac, who is about to lose an eye from another form of cancer.  

Hazel can't leave the house without her oxygen tank. Her prognosis is poor; it's not a matter of if but when. Her parents are extremely kind and protective. She overhead her mom say once that when Hazel dies, she will no longer be a mom.

If The Fault in Our Stars sounds depressing, amazingly it isn't. Green has created a sardonic, wise beyond her years, poetry-loving heroine with an edgy sense of humor. She finds a soul-mate in Augustus who has already lost one girlfriend to death. Hazel holds back. She doesn't want to die and be another "exploding torpedo" in his life.

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