January 22, 2012

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

First, let me tell you a two parted background story of how it was possible for John Green to write this novel. And how, in my opinnion, it was possible for him to do it so well.
About ten years ago, John worked as a student chaplain at a children's hospital where he had to face young people with cancer and other serious diseases. This made him to want to write a story that would honestly embody what these kids are really alike. We are often told that kids with cancer are these fountains of wisdom, wise beyond their years when in fact, sick kids are a lot like other people.
The second part of the story that made John Green able to write his book came in 2008 when he met Esther Earl, a girl who was a reader of John's books and who died of cancer. John has said that it was knowing her that made him possile to write this story. (Tho you must realize that Hazel is not Eshter. TFiOS is pure fiction.)

The Fault in Our Stars tells a story of a sixteen year old girl, Hazel Grace Lancaste who suffers from stage IV thyroid cancer, that has made her attached to an oxygen tank for the past three years. Her condition is terminal and all of her treatments are just for prolonging her life. At a support group Hazel meets Augustus Waters, a beautiful boy who is about to change her life, as well as she is about to change his.

John Green has written an honest, moving and incredibly funny book that shows kids with cancer exactly how John wanted it to, a very much like all the other people. The Fault in Our Stars is witty and devastating and no other book has ever made me laugh nor cry as much. I find it hard to write this review, since i wanna respect Johns wishes to keep everyone spoiler free, which i do find important for the book to have the Magic i expericend when first reading it. It is an important book that i recommend everyone to read, it might just make you see life for what it is. It's like when in Doctor Who the Doctor says:
Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things, and make them unimportant.
Hazel and Augustus really added to each others piles of good things, and i guess, that's all we can hope for, to have people to make our lives worthwhile.


  1. This is absolutely my new favorite book! I almost regret reading it so quickly, but at the same time I really couldn't help myself, and fortunately I own it so it's not like I can't read it again (and again, and again) which I undoubtedly will.

    Also, so many points for the Doctor Who reference. So many.

  2. @Sonya i have this thing with books, well at least with the really good ones. it's sort of a paradox, when reading the book i am both gaining an amazing reading experience and losing my First Time experiencing it. and i hate that. that's why i tried to read it as slowly as possible. i read it in two days, couldn't make it any slower. but i too own the book and am probably gonna read it again rather soon. it's my new favorite book too!

    and i will always use a Doctor Who reference when ever possible.
    also i just fell in love with your blog, amazing! thank's fo your comment.


  3. One of my most favorite books ever. Your review is wonderful and so spot on.

  4. @ Miss Wendy thanks! TFiOS is my new favorite book too!


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