The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Reviewed by Brandon Wood

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Brandon Wood – 5th Period – 10/3/13



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.


Can cancer somehow play a part in one’s love life? It did for Hazel Lancaster in John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel is a teenage cancer patient who is, as most people would call her, a living miracle. A new medicine with a low success rate was given to her during an “experimental trial,” as the book called it, and surprisingly, it worked. The drug only slows the growth of her cancer cells, however, so she is practically a time bomb waiting to explode. Hazel stays depressed about this, but a charming young man whom she meets at Support Group somehow turns most of that depression into happiness. Although the entire novel pleased me, the wide vocabulary, intriguing characters, and beautiful love story were my favorite components.

The wide vocabulary was the first thing to grab my attention in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I could definitely tell that the author has a way with words. There were numerous lines in the novel that really caught my eye, and the vocabulary in them was what made them so beautiful. For example, when Augustus first tells Hazel that she is beautiful, he uses the phrase “the simpler pleasures of existence” instead of just saying “the little things in life.” These small choices that authors make change the entire interpretation of their novels, or at least they do so for me. I acquire a certain admiration for authors such as John Green who take the time to make each sentence in their novel worth reading.

The second thing that I enjoyed about the novel were the intriguing characters. I felt a personal connection with both protagonists in The Fault in Our Stars to the point where I could picture our interactions. Hazel is very calm and quiet, like some of my friends, whereas Augustus is very outspoken and energetic, like myself. I felt this way about some of the subordinate characters as well, such as Isaac and Hazel’s mother. Isaac, to me, seemed like the average hormonal teenager. Hazel’s mother seemed to be nervous most of the time, and I definitely understand why. The choice of making even the characters of lesser importance so personal is just another way John Green made The Fault in Our Stars so amazing.

The beautiful love story in the novel was the third thing that made me love it so much. A teenage boy actually enjoying a love story is not something that’s seen very often, but this piece of the novel is merely too important to pass over. The way Hazel and Augustus loved each other was real. Augustus knew the negative effects the cancer had on Hazel. Hazel knew Augustus could and eventually would die, but she didn’t leave him. They stuck together until the end, and that is my definition of true love. This can be a lesson to readers as they read The Fault in Our Stars. No matter what a person’s flaws may be, they can still find love. Again, I applaud John Green for achieving this effect. Not only did he create a beautiful love between two individuals, but he also showed that a love story doesn’t have to contain socially acceptable people, nor does it have to have a happy ending. Love isn’t perfect, and John Green definitely shows that in The Fault in Our Stars.

This novel has to be one of the best novels that I’ve ever read. John Green made many intelligent choices as an author to make it that much more special. I especially loved how he used a wide vocabulary, intriguing characters, and a beautiful love story to make the novel the amazing work of art that it is. It was truly inspiring to read a book that presented so many wonderful life lessons. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy love stories, but also like the small twists which make novels like this one so unique and fun to read. Join the millions of others who have fallen in love with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green just like I have.


2 responses

  1. Your introduction brings me right into the story. I was worried you might be giving to much information away and were going to ruin the book for me, but you explain clearly that the book has much more offer the reader then a book about one person going through having cancer. I completely understand where you are coming from with books that don’t make each line count, when an author just describes things, but does not keep going they tend to linger in one moment for too long without telling me anything I need to know. In the third body paragraph there may have been too much key information about the characters outcome in the story. I may feel this way because you did such a good job making me want to read the story. Maybe ask your teacher if she thinks you gave away too much information about the book.

    1. Thank you, Aaron, for responding to my book review. It is always nice to hear feedback on my work. I do agree that I gave a little too much detail in the third body paragraph. I have a difficult time deciding on how much information I should give and shouldn’t give on the components of the story. Do you have any tips on how to decide this? If so, I would love to hear them.


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