Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 316  
Price: Rs 399
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Contemporary
Rating: 10/10
Format: Paperback

I had already read such rave reviews about this book on the internet and from friends that the moment I opened the book, I knew something special was going to begin. And it sure did. Reading ‘the Fault in our Stars’ was an emotionally moving experience. It is an extraordinary book and restores my faith in fiction. I am not going to forget it for a long time.

16 - year old Hazel Grace Lancaster’s and 17-year old Augustus Waters’ stars cross for the first time at the Cancer Support Group. Hazel thinks Augustus is hot, while Hazel reminds him of Natalie Portman from ‘V for Vendetta’. He invites her to watch the movie together, she tells him about her favourite book ‘An Imperial Affliction’ by Peter Von Houten, and so begins this beautiful story of love. ‘An Imperial Affliction’, a fictitious book, almost becomes a character in their story with the kind of significance it eventually has.

Their love is magical. When they converse, you feel as if they are complementing their thoughts, as if they are always on the same page and as if soul mates exist. Their conversations are sometimes philosophical, sometimes frothy, sometimes intellectual, but all times in perfect sync with each other. The terrible truth is that you know both of them have very limited time. You don’t want it to end but perhaps the beauty and preciousness of all great love stories is that they are so short.

It is hard not to feel for both sets of parents [extremely likable and loving] who see this young love blooming, although happy that their son / daughter got a chance at love and yet knowing well that someone is going to hurt.

Till 240 pages, I read it at a breakneck speed but after that I intentionally slowed down. I did not want it to end. But it had to, and let me also assure you, it is one of the most satisfying, not necessarily happy, endings I have read.

Be assured that you will be deeply, emotionally invested in this book. When Hazel and Augustus will fall in love, you will have happy tears for the mushy, teenaged, young love, and you will cry buckets when life will take its toll. At least I did. I haven’t cried like this since a long time while reading a book. But this remarkable book is just not a tear-fest, it has humour, playfulness and mush in good measure too, which you would find heart-warming. One tip I want to give you is that start this book only when you have enough time to finish it. If you don’t, you would not feel your heart in anything else. Trust me.

A few of my favourite lines from the book:

“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” 

“Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.
"Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” 

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” 

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

Read more quotes here.

And if you have not understood in so many words, READ IT.

Review Book courtesy: Penguin India
Image source: GoodReads


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    1. Oh Wow! Was I that convincing? You always me me feel so good. I will eagerly wait for your thoughts. I was completely bowled over by this :)

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by. This book is indeed an experience worth sharing :)

  3. Lovely review! And, seems like a lovely book too! :)


    1. Thank you Roshni :) I cannot recommend it enough.

  4. So glad you loved the book! I mean!!! This is one book I feel everyone should love :P

    John Green writes stuff that feels so close to reality and he tells you that life isn't perfect. But you love his books anyway! :D

    If you liked this, please read Looking for Alaska also! That's also amazing :')

    1. And I am so glad Ashna that you dropped by with your suggestion. You know I was checking out John Green's earlier books but I could not decide which one to read. You know, how it is, once you absolutely love an author's book, you don't want to read anything bad by him :)
      Thank you once again.