Review: The Fault In Our Stars



Title: The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

Published: Penguin Books, 2012

*Spoilers included in this review*



Back Cover



Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

In Brief



A touching story of living life to the fullest when all is uncertain.

My Thoughts



Hazel is dying. She has thyroid cancer with lung mets. And she’s living as though it’s over already. Then one day she meets Augustus at her support group, and suddenly life is worth living. They are the kids at school that you want to have been friends with. The alternative-type, honest, just livin-their-own-life-with-no-concern-for-anyone-else type. As they get to know each other and we get to know them, I just grew to love them. And it sucks. Cancer sucks. Full stop. But this is a book that doesn’t focus on the whole cancer-teenager-dying thing, while still focusing on it. The focus is on living with cancer, not necessarily just dying of it.

I really liked this book. Really really liked. John Green’s writing is simple, clean, humorous and insightful. He writes with innocence, while showing us the depth behind the characters.


But what would a cancer book be without a relapse? So of course there it is. And time is short. So Hazel and Augustus try to make as much of the time they have as they can. And it’s sweet. I also think it was necessary to the story. This is a story about cancer, living with, dying of, grieving and moving past.




A+ – This book is AMAZING. It totally blew me away!




DEFINITELY! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll question your own life choices. Maybe don’t read it on the train… and keep the tissues close.


July Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.


July. Another month bites the dust! I had an awesome month, I took a couple of weeks off work and went on a holiday. I might do a post on it soon – coz why the hell not? I did the Ghan train from Darwin down to Adelaide, with a stop off in the middle to visit Uluru. Amazing. I got some gorgeous photos – with my brand new fancy-pants camera. Anyway, suffice to say (for the moment) the trip was just awesome. What with plane rides, train trips and lots and lots of hours on busses, I got LOTS of reading done.


Just FYI – I didn’t carry all these books with me in hard copy – that would be madness *cough*. I did take a couple though, but I read more e-books in a short space of time than I have… ever, I think.



  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • Naïve, Super by Erlend Loe
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Gold by Chris Cleave
  • Cold Case by Faye Kellerman
  • Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Forgotten by Cat Patrick
  • From Notting Hill with Love… Actually by Ali McNamara
  • Revived by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Challenge Update – 56/100



  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • Zoo by James Patterson
  • Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
  • Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan



  • July/August – The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman


How was your June?