Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.

Excuse me while I’m crying in the corner because of the excessive amount of tearful moments in this book.

The Fault in Our Stars successfully becomes one of my favorite books in 2012. It’s beautiful, brilliant, and heart-wrenching. It’s freakintastic amazing and I just want to hug this book when I finished it. You don’t want to be anywhere within radius of three meters near me because when I finished reading, I was an emotional wreck. Um, I still am.

The Fault in Our Stars is like a small portion of diary of a real sixteen-year-old girl who is suffering with cancer. I like that the story moves forward as the time goes, and there is no flashback moment. It is as if Hazel’s life begins the moment she meets Augustus. And I believe the same applies to Augustus. From the moment they met at cancer kid support group, it is as if the universe has conducted so they can be together. So different yet so similar, I love the interactions between Hazel and Augustus. I love how cynical Hazel can be, and how cheerful Augustus is. They are clearly meant to be, and suddenly, I found myself getting too attached to characters in this book.

What I found interesting about The Fault in Our Stars is, the scenes in this book aren’t meant to jerk tears. When most scenes in other sad books are intended to make readers cry and become emotional, scenes in The Fault in Our Stars are very realistic and true. Things happened because, well, that’s the way the world works. We felt for characters in this book because we read and know their stories. They become our friends, and as the story progresses, I can understand Hazel very well without her needing to describe her thoughts in words. The characters have become something so real, with blood and vein and flesh and thoughts, that I don’t want to part with them, ever.

I love the beautifully composed writing and the well structured plots, but let me talk about the characters. Oh my gosh, Augustus. Fangirl moment here. Augustus-Augustus-Augustus. You’re such an amazing character. How I wish you were real. :’) Hazel. Oh Hazel, I also wish you were real so we can be best friends. You’re so smart and witty and quirky, and I love you even when you’re being stubborn and harsh. Augustus and Hazel are the kind of couple who should marry and have ten kids and get old together. They should have a future where they are holding hands and watching their grandparents playing in the backyard of their house. They are clearly meant for each other, and I just feel so happy that Hazel and Augustus experienced the kind of true love that everyone wishes for in their lives. Time they spend together feels like forever. :’)

In a nutshell, The Fault in Our Stars is like a chunk of life of real cancer girl, and reading it was a wonderful experience. Funny, sad, and ironic, this is the book that will always live in my heart. I encourage you to please, please read it. I hope that just like me, you would fall in love with Hazel, Augustus, and everyone else in the book. And maybe, just maybe… we can be more grateful of little things in our life. :’)

“I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.” 

I rated this book:
Five cups of tea. Genius. Beautiful, haunting, and lively characters. Reading this is an overwhelming experience. Must read at least once in a lifetime!


  1. Bravo Hilda!!!!! Sparkling review of beauty of a book I also adored! You said everything I like about this book, love story and Hazel!
    I usually like flashbacks but I appreciated too that this story was only about Hazel's life now!

  2. Beautiful review Hilda, I love books which have such an impact on you that they keep you reeling for days afterwards, I took this out of the library but didn't have the chance to read it as someone else had requested it, but I think I must get a copy again soon, after your gushing review of it! :)

  3. Oh Hildaaa!!! This sounds amazing >_< I cannot believe I still haven't read this one yet, but your review's definitely going to be pressuring me until I do! I love the sound of these characters and how realistic and emotionally moving they are *o* I'm a bit of a scaredy-cat for super emotionally gripping rides, which, most cancer-related books tend to be, but I think I'll brace it and go on this particular ride!! Thank you for your earnest and lovely review, Hilda! <3

  4. Amazing review Hilda!! My mom has been telling me to read this book for months now. She has already read it twice! Sounds like an amazing story I really look forward to reading =)

  5. Nice to see you back again! Lovely review- you write so wonderfully. I just reviewed this one too, and you surpassed my review by a mile. LOL You did a great job talking about the emotion and the characters and it really is a fabulously REAL book. I love those. I love John Green.

    Sorry Perks of Being a Wallflower isn't out for you, but I hope you can see it soon and you love it as much as I did. :)


  6. I avoid cancer books like the plague, and when I first heard about The Fault in Our Stars, I decided right then that I would never read it. Follow that up few months later with fantastic reviews like yours and I'm slowly changing my mind. I think you may have just done it. Wonderful, wonderful review Hilda!

  7. Ahh, glad to see a new review from you Hilda! :) I'm a bit speechless now.. Your review is so well-written and I love every aspect about this book. Why do I always wait so long for these germs? I need to buy a copy as soon as possible! Most of the time I try to stay way from sad books, but I can't ignore this one any longer. Beautiful review girl!


  8. Incredible review, Hilda! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It was my first John Green novel and it astounded me with its depth and I even cried the second time while reading's just beautiful. I've missed your reviews, dearest, and this is absolutely lovely! Great job! :)

  9. Beautiful review, hun! I read this a week ago and it was so moving, sad and wonderful :D

  10. okay i wasnt that obsessed over this book, but i did hug it after i finished it! lol! I never cried.. ( i know im heartless) but there was a part in my heart that was hurting just a teeny tiny bit! But, im glad you loved it! Great review!!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  11. Beautiful review, Hilda. Words aren't enough to describe how much this book touched and melted me. It had me feeling all kinds of emotions and sometimes all at the same time. I was so moved by the story of Augustus and Hazel and they will always be one of my all time favorite couples (even if they made me cry and left me heartbroken). I'm happy to see you ended up loving this too. :)

  12. I've read so many amazing reviews for this book but have been too scared to read it as I known it'll make me sad. In real life I think I'd be exactly like Hazel. Very cynical. Thank goodness for all the Augustes in the world.

  13. Waaah, just reading your review makes me sad all over again! The amount of emotional trauma I went through while reading this book is phenomenal. This was my first John Green book, and dang, it was such an experience. I grew WAY too attached to the characters, like you did Hilda! Which made the ending that much harder for me. :'( But those characters were just so real.

    Fantastic review Hilda! You captured all my feelings so well. <3

  14. Okay, a confession: I've avoided reading this book for SO LONG because I loathe crying ugly tears, and cancer books simply aren't for me. BUT, you really convinced me to give this book a shot, Hilda! Beautiful, lovely review, darling! :) I'm so thrilled that you liked this - I hope I feel the same way as you, too. :)

  15. I'm so afraid to pick this up Hilda! I know I'll be a sobbing puddle on the floor! Beautiful review, my dear. <3 :)

  16. I want to read this book so bad!! I want to, I WANT to! >_<
    Lovely review! I'll read this before 2012 ends! ;)

  17. I should get on my way of reading this book! It's not just any book! It's The Fault in Our Stars! I do not mind shedding tears. And since I'm a robot, I am putting it to the test. It's just...well...this book is pretty famous, and...well....I don't want to feel disappointed. I hope I don't because I saw a nice copy at the library waiting for me to pick up. XD

    Okay, your review has convinced me to pick this book up! I am (somewhat) determined to (somehow) read this book!

  18. Okay, I think I'm on the loser squad for not reading this book yet..... I love tear-jerking stories. Want this! thanks for the cool review :D


  19. Hilda. You've *finally* read it!!! :D
    Oh my goodness, just reading your review has brought back ALL THE FEELINGS that this book made me feel.... and you killed me with that last quote. It's actually my ghost typing this because I died from reading this glowing review.
    Just- Augustus Waters!! *crawls into a corner and cries pitifully*

  20. I just got this audio and will be listening to it soon, so your 5-star review has me PRETTY excited. I know everyone loves this book, but it's always nice when the audio is equally as awesome. :)

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