The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

May 31

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

I am lucky in the sense that my family accepts me for who I am. Who am I, you may ask? I am a person that will buy a book as a gift for someone; but I am also a gal that will read said book before I actually give it over. (Maybe that is my own personal hamartia: bonus points to this book for teaching me that word. Double bonus points for the title referencing Shakespeare. Triple bonus points for me reading a cancer book – a few years ago I would have never given it a chance due to fear.) Following this trend, my sweet stepmother shall receive a lightly used copy of John Green’s book, The Fault in Our Stars.

This lovely, poignant, succinct tale is a love story. Hazel and Augustus meet in the most unlikely of places – a support group for kids with cancer. They are both surviving, and certainly not looking for love. The dialogue between these two is lightning quick, thoughtful, and hilarious. There was one particular exchange about the Wish that Hazel cashed in too early that had me laughing out loud. Some of the glue that binds them is their shared love of books, which obviously spoke to my soul:”….there is this unwritten contract between author and reader.” A subplot involving a favorite author wove the story together in expert fashion.

This book is extremely well done. If you do not enjoy it, you may have no soul. Much like Hazel, “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” You will enjoy it, and you also may need your husband to bring you the full box of tissues, as mine did, wordlessly. Go get this book and read it immediately. You may not have my copy; it is a gift, sheesh.





  1. This is on my to-read list! I need to get on it.

    • Sandwich Gal /

      It was a quick read! I wanted to get it in before the movie came out.


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