Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | Book Review

Recently I've gotten back into reading after not reading for pleasure for about 2 years! I'm not even sure why I stopped reading, perhaps it was lack of time due to my GCSEs, I'm not sure but I'm very happy to have finally picked up a book again. When I was younger, throughout Junior school I was such a book worm, spending my lunchtime in the library away from everything, reading. Whenever I read now I'm taken back to that time, that peace and quiet and I find that really relaxing. There really is nothing better than getting caught up in a book, I used to sit down and finish books in one sitting as I could never put them down. I really wanted to get that feeling back so reading 'The Fault in Our Stars' seemed like a good place to start, something emotional that I could lose myself in. 



For a while now people have been raving about the book but it has taken me quite a few months to actually order it. At first I had little idea about what it was about and by the time I had ordered it I had almost built up a story in my head of what I thought it would pan out like. My story was completely wrong and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this.

The blurb:

Despite the tumour shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her last 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 rewritten.


Once I'd read the blurb I was almost certain of what would happen throughout the book, especially at the end but plot twist definitely is the phrase to use when talking about this book. I of course don't want to give anything away but I was surprised at some of the things that cropped up in the book. I like that it wasn't like any other book about a girl with cancer. It was a book about love between 2 people who just happened to be ill. I laughed, I cried a hell of a lot and I was very sad when I realised that I'd finished the book.

I said to myself before I read it that I would read 1 chapter a day as I'm a fast reader and can sometimes whizz through a book without truly appreciating it. That worked out for about 2 days but on the 3rd day I was enjoying it so much that I just had to read the rest, fast forward 2 hours later and I was done.

From the beginning I liked Hazel, I saw a lot of similarities between myself and her. She is the same age as me yet thinks and speaks like someone with an older and wiser voice. Cancer has forced her to grow up quicker, much like me, I've found that my health problems have made me mature quicker and often people tell me they thought I was older than 16. This immediate connection really pulled me into the story. This is the first book I've read by John Green and I can already say he is my favourite author. His writing is very intelligent and well thought out, he has the ability to make your cry and laugh, when you least expect to as well.

I really do love this book and will probably re read it again in a few months, tissues at the ready this time though. If you are going to read this, which I really recommend you do, then definitely have tissues ready because you will cry and cry and cry. 

Have you read this? Did you enjoy it?

Also let me know below if you want me to do more book reviews, I quite liked doing this one!

Thanks for reading, 
Shona x


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  1. Oh this sounds really interesting and it's good to hear that it has some surprises in it

    Laura x

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    1. I definitely did not expect the book to end how it did :) A really good read, thoroughly enjoyed it! x

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  2. I think this is the book Rachel (Beautyqueenuk) is currently reading :o)
    www.beautykinguk.co.uk

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    1. If she starts randomly crying when reading it don't worry haha :)

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  3. I agree - this book is just fabulous. I'm 28 and read it because one of the teenagers I tutor was reading it and I wanted to be able to discuss it with them. I wasn't prepared for how emotional and raw it is. Fabulous book

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    1. I wasn't prepared for how emotional it would be either, I knew I'd cry because people said so but I cried at the silliest of things throughout it! x

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  4. I LOVE this book! I read it in two days and I'm so sad that the film doesn't come out until 20 June!! Wayyyy too long to wait! x

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    1. I cannot wait for the film to come out but it is definitely too long away :( The trailer is so good! x

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  5. THE EMOTIONS WHEN I READ THIS OH MY GOD.
    (That's really all I can say before I start crying!)
    Estelle x
    Let Me Go Xo

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    1. haha! such an emotional rollarcoaster of a book! x

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  6. I'm reading this again at the minute and I think it really captures the emotions surrounding teenage cancer patients. Some of it really hit home for me as my best friend fought (and beat!) cancer this time last year, but it's incredible how John Green managed to capture the voice of a female, teenage patient so well! x

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    1. Definitely! He does such a good job of capturing all the emotions, his writing is beautiful! x

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  7. You should try Paper Towns next, it's my favourite. This has reminded me it's been over a year since I met John Green and that makes me sad :(
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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    1. Will add that to my book wishlist! Aww, cool that you met him though! xx

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  8. I've been meaning to read this book for a while, it sounds brilliant. Great review!

    Lyndsay
    FizzyPeaches

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    1. Definitely read it! It took me ages to actually read it as well. Thanks :) x

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  9. This book is on my reading list! Thanks for the review - made me want to read it sooner. :) #pastandpresent

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  10. This is the second time this week I have read a fantastic review on this book - I really must pick it up. #pastandpresent #thankyouforlinkingup

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  11. You definitely should! You'll love it! x

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