The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Age Range: 8th Grade +
Reviewed by: Alexia H., 9th grade
TFiOS is easily my favorite book of all time. The messages and ideas presented in the novel hit home in a way unparalleled to anything I’ve ever read, and I’m certain that the majority of people who read it cannot leave the story of Hazel Grace unchanged.
Most overviews I’ve read about TFiOS, such as on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, define the story by a plot twist named Augustus Waters, and this really frustrates me. If the only thing they were able to take from the book was a love story between two unconventionally philosophical (and cancerous) teenagers, then they’re missing the whole point. As Hazel would put it, it’s about “the side effects” of her journey through life — not her battle with cancer, and not her relationship with Gus.
Hazel matured a great deal throughout the course of the novel; she may have started out the novel as a depressed, pessimistic teenager, but by no means did she stay that way. Her growth stemmed from the acceptance of the fact that yes, she was a “grenade,” and that hurting those around her was inevitable — but that didn’t need to stop her from living a full life, from loving and being loved. As humans, we’re all grenades. We can’t leave this world without hurting the people around us, we can’t leave this world unscathed — but Hazel is proof that this doesn’t need to stop us from living rather than just existing.
John Green is a genius, and The Fault in Our Stars is the only proof needed to validate that. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend that you get your hands on a copy as soon as possible.
No amount of stars can adequately express my love for this book.
We also have this at BPL as an audio book, if you prefer to listen. And I'm going to buy a couple more copies, since ours are always checked out...