The Fault in Our Stars (book review)

Posted: 06/11/2012 by judgeduke1912 in Books

During Memorial Day weekend, I started to read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (No, it’s not that Shades of Grey book, sheesh!) to pass the time on the 4-hour car trip out to Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, Maryland. For those who haven’t picked it up, it’s about a 15-year old Lithuanian girl who was taken by the Soviets in 1941 and transported to a work camp in Siberia. I couldn’t finish it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably a great book, but it was way too depressing for the start of a fun camping weekend.

Since the book about WWII was too depressing, I switched to the The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (about kids with cancer.) Weee, right? Actually, darn right! This book is amazing.

I have never laughed out loud so much while reading a book like this. I’ve never cried out loud so many times, either (for a book of any kind.)

In short, go read this book. It will make you rethink what it is to be alive.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green stars Hazel, a smart and ambitious teenage girl who loves to read, hates shopping and has a crush on the new boy in her group. She also happens to have a terminal form of cancer. When Augustus Waters happens to like her back, the two teens try to spend whatever time they have left trying to grow up as fast as they can, experience as much as they can, and love as much as they can. They were truly alive every single day. It made me really want to try harder to enjoy as many parts of my life as possible.

The author, John Green, is one half of the Vlog Brothers, who have nearly 1,000 videos on YouTube.  Together they make videos back and forth, telling each other about their day (and sometimes putting peanut butter on their faces). Go find out why they’re so popular.

“The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)


I usually give a star rating at the end of each post.
I am rating this book all the stars. Not just 10. All of them.
Go read it.

Place The Fault in Our Stars on hold from the Calvert Library catalog.


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