Book Nook | The Fault in Our Stars

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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once”

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

The Reason:

“Cancer kids in love” is what most people have said about this book. But when I found out the story was about young people trying to just be young people in a world that sees them as “cancer kids” I was drawn in.

Chronic illnesses greatly affect how a person lives their everyday life, but there is so much more to what makes the person than their illnesses and I appreciated the fact that there was a story that illustrated the innate thoughts of a unique individual.

“…I think generally we have a habit of imagining the very sick or the dying as being kind of fundamentally other. I guess I wanted to argue for their humanity, their complete humanity.” – John Green

The Scoop:

Hazel Grace Lancaster (her full name is beautiful) is a 16-year-old battling thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs making everyday tasks extra difficult. As a result, her parents treated her with extreme caution while encouraging her to make friends that understand what she is going through. She reluctantly attended a support group for young people with cancer and ends up meeting the exciting and vibrant Augustus “Gus” Waters.

Both Hazel and Gus felt an instant attraction to one another, but Hazel desired to tread lightly for fear that she would soon breathe her last. However, they could not deny what their hearts felt and they quickly became inseparable and experienced a journey they will never forget.

The Take Away:

I enjoyed the book a lot and it evoked moments of laughter and tears. I particularly liked how Hazel narrated the story and how her inner conflict as a teenage girl came alive in a relatable way.

The story also was a refreshing reminder that we should not only be understanding of the physical struggles with cancer but also that the people it infects are human and most of the time do not desire to be treated any different.

The Finale:

The genre may say it’s for young adults, but I believe people of all ages will enjoy The Fault in Our Stars. There are many real emotions that are expressed throughout the book about cancer from various vantage points while at the same time remaining light-hearted with bits of humor in between. After all, a good sense of humor is a choice towards reaching joy.

“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice…”

–The Fault in Our Stars

The movie was very close to the book which is greatly appreciated by book lovers, but I do think they overplayed the same quote (“pain demands to be felt”) and downplayed Hazel’s father’s wise role in her life. Either way, if you are not much of a reader, the movie still does a great job at bringing the essence and depth of the story.

Have you read the story or watched the movie? I am interested in hearing your thoughts.

Much Love,


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23 Comments on Book Nook | The Fault in Our Stars

  1. I only watched the movie, cried a lot. It is heartfelt and that goes to show that everyone of us (healthy or not) have the right to love and be loved and be treated equally. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Nena. 🙂

  2. The book started very slow, and the prose was lackluster, but not without purpose. I imagine it was done intentionally so-framing the protagonist’s perspective, but that lost me. Fourty pages in, I didn’t stick around long enough to enjoy it

  3. I have not, but I like the concept. Life is best lived when a person can view themselves a complete person. We don’t break them into little parts; we add to them to intensify a sense of completeness. This creates greater purpose and fulfillment in life.

  4. I used the tissues on this movie! You are so right about the humor part, you gotta keep that going to get through the HARD times!! My daughter read the book, but I hadn’t.

    • Same here! The movie did come pretty close to the book, but I do think they left out the father’s very important role. What did your daughter think of the movie adaptation?

    • I’m more of a fan of the book myself:p Your honesty is very appreciated and all I ask for:) I agree that when things are hyped up too much, they aren’t usually all its cranked up to be.


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