Friday, 2 November 2012

Book Report #2- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

To quote the great Sir William Shakespeare “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings”.

At age thirteen, Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer, casting her young life into a cloud of disarray and uncertainty. But even when her and her family find a miracle drug to prolong her life for an uncertain amount of time, it still feels as though the rest of Hazels life has been written in stone before it has even begun. Fast-forward 2 years later and Hazel is 16 years old, reclusive, recently diagnosed with clinical depression, and still has cancer. Her mother, believing it will help relieve Hazel’s social solitariness and depression, asks her to attend support group and this is where Hazel meets Augustus Waters. A mysterious, handsome boy in remission from cancer, Augustus seems to be paying special attention to Hazel of all people. Once their lives touch, the mark they will have on each other will be permanent.

The Fault In Our Stars explores how fickle the idea of human mortality really is and how the legacy of you, or me, or anyone that ever lived will be remembered once we die and the world moves on without us. Will we ever be remembered or will the oncoming oblivion of humanity render everything anyone has ever thought, or built, or created, forgotten? While the fear of oblivion is irrational, the rational of fearing oblivion is understandable- this is a theme that is prominent throughout the novel. Hazel’s eloquent and raw thoughts grab your attention and it is as though you are at Hazel’s side every step of the way. John Green’s detailed and sensitive writing style makes this book an emotional and powerful read. I would recommend this book to mature readers or anyone who loves literature. The Fault In Our Stars is heartbreaking, mind-altering, and a near perfect read. 


  1. I have heard so many amazing things about this novel. Your review of it persuades me even more to read this book because the way you describe it with your wonderfully descriptive words. I will definitely be reading this book at some point. Thanks for the very powerful review Meagan. :)

  2. Hi Meagan :)
    First of all...I love the quotes you have on your blog..
    - "I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book. " Benedict Cumberbatch ...I love this quote!
    - "I only want to read every book in the world" ...I wish!!
    You also have so many "juicy" adjectives in your book reviews! It really makes your writing sound professional! Also, your litspiration challenge is really cool! The haikus sound like something you would read on the back of a book; great job with those! I have so many favourite books in common with you! p.s. Harry Potter is the best! ;D Your review on The Fault In Our Stars was really fantastic! I think I will read this book sometime soon now! Your critique paragraph was also really in-depth and well though out. All in all, great blog!

  3. I thought that your summary paragraph in this book review was really well written because it sounded really meaningful and the sophisticated words you chose fit perfectly with the book. I also really liked the quotes and the background of your blog. Keep up the awesome work!