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I had read The Fault in Our Stars just before its movie came out in India, which was in July 2014. One of my BFFs kept sending me random quotes from the book and finally convinced me to pick up a copy. And I am so glad she did. This was my first read of John Green and, quite probably, also my first YA book [as the kids are calling it these days].

It’s a simple love story between two teens – Hazel and Augustus – with a slight difference; both of them suffer from cancer. Love at any age is difficult as it is; add the Big C to it and things can get a lot messy. However, it is to John Green’s credit that he has written a very sensitive and funny love story. Neither Hazel nor Augustus choose to wallow in self-pity; instead, they are shown to be strong-headed individuals with a zest for life, at least on most days.

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The initial part of the book is dedicated to both the protagonists reading and discussing their favourite books with each other. Towards the middle of the book, they take a trip to Amsterdam which ends up in they declaring their love for each other. I do not want to reveal the ending but suffice it to say, it’s not quite what you would expect while reading the book.

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The book reminded me of some of my college friendships – the turmoil about classes and exams that you go through; the eternal need to “fit in”.

As I began reading the book, I kept underlining the sentences that I liked. When I finished reading the book, I realised I had underlined quite a lot. Isn’t that a sign of a good book, after all?

Just noting a few quotes that I really, really, really liked:

  • There are books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.
  • In freedom, most people find sin.
  • The definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation.
  • The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with.
  • You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.

The book made me question the traditional definition of love. And how teens, especially critically ill teens, view the world a lot more differently than adults do. John Green views magic with his words and it’s easy to see why this book was liked & appreciated by a great many people from across the globe.

If you are wondering where John Green got the tile of the book from, it’s inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar, in which Cassius says to Brutus, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

Be prepared to shed a few (or more) tears as you read the book. For a long time after, I kept thinking about Hazel and Augustus. And I developed a teeny-tiny crush on him as well 🙂

Name of Book & Author: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Genre: Young Adult Novel

Date Published: January 10, 2012

Nomination/Win of a Literary Award & the year: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction for 2012

Made into a Movie: May 16, 2014


I have written this post for Guest Blogging with Book Reviews for #shalzmojosays

Pallavi Kamat is a book reviewer who (very infrequently) reviews books on her blog www.pallosworld.blogspot.com. She can usually be found voicing her opinions on Twitter at @Pallavisms.

Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine.

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12 thoughts on “| GuestBlogging | Book Review | Book2Movie | The Fault In Our Stars | John Green

  1. It’s a book which which will leave you to love life more and love yourself. It’s beautifully written.If you haven’t read this book yet, read it, it will be one of yours best memories. My favorite quote from the book, ” Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” The Fault In Our Stars – A heart warming story which made me laugh at times, feel the agony, cry at the end and I still wanted for more. ‘My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations,’ is one of the lead character’s dialogues. Well, this is how I feel right now trying to gather my thoughts but then I run out of words. It’s about two teenagers, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who are terminally ill cancer patients, It’s a story of their friendship, love, care, affection and about life and death.

    1. Love the quotes you have picked out; yes this book has some great ones which I think will remain evergreen for a 100 yrs from now 🙂

    1. Thanks Naba – this is a great review done by Pallavi; and I love the movie more than the book. The quotes are classic and will be definitely in vogue 100 yrs from now too! 😉

  2. You’ve piqued my interest with this post, so I guess I will definitely grab a copy and read it before watching the movie as well. Sounds like my kind of weekend reading. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Menaka but I wont take credit for this; its Pallavi’s choice of book for my book review contest which is on till 20th March. Maybe you should also write a guestpost for this, if you have any time to spare!
      P.S:
      This is one book where the movie is superb; more than the book 😉

  3. I LOVED this book. I read YA here and there, and I would say this is one book I would recommend to anyone. Things were happening on so many levels. So many lessons to be learned, so little time. And, you are right. The ending (I should say “endings” because it just wasn’t about the two teens) is not what you would expect. Highly recommend this book.

  4. P.S. I just saw your comment that the movie was superb. I tend to not see movies once I’ve read the book, because I am usually so disappointed. But maybe I’ll make an exception here.

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