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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: A Novel ~John Green

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will make you laugh until you cry tears of sorrow.  Yes, I am writing about a teenage love story which is a lesson about cancer and children; cancer in teenagers.    I finished reading this book and I turned back to the first page and began to read it again.

John Green has captured the real humiliation, shame, concern and acceptance of the role of suffering; it is about how hope must give way to love if there is any future in all lives, not just lives compacted with pain and in your face reality.   It is witnessing the role of disease within a life, a family, and friendships and the powerful moment when the individual, family or friend can live fully and no longer be defined by the disease.

I needed THE FAULT IN THE STARS when I was a teenager, actually, I needed it when I was even younger and I maybe could have avoided being initiated into the Hall of Shame about being ill.  Instead, I was left with reading and hearing about others who fought bravely and some won (because of their positive spirit) and some lost but succeeded in putting up a gallant fight right up to the painful end.  And then there were the tear jerking stories about family struggles revolving around illness, financial burdens, and those which explained to the siblings that this disease made your brother or sister need more  special attention; why IT is all right to be abandoned and martyred to the cause.

“and you will be nothing but A Sadness in their lives…”

Hazel is one of the STARS of the story and she is fully actualized at seventeen years of age.  She loves rock music and reading and has a best friend who is a fashion maven keeping her posted on the ups and downs of High School when Hazel does not attend because of the tumors in her lungs.

“The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness.”

Augustus is the star basketball player who enjoys video games and has lost his leg to bone cancer. They meet at a support group because, “Depression is a side effect of dying.”

These two introduce each other to their favorite books and one of the books ends too abruptly, Hazel and Augustus are obsessed with figuring out  what the author intended at the end of the story and what happened to the other characters after Anna dies (they assume).  It is a triumphant love story.

“We made the story funny.  You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice;”

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a fictional young adult novel which tells a truth about being a teenager with cancer, it is a sad story told with poignant humor.

Do not miss this one and give your copy to a school library or cancer treatment center nearby after you have read it.

This Book is from my own personal library and my hard bound copy will be headed to a school library.  No one asked or paid me to read and write this review.

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16 Comments on “THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: A Novel ~John Green”

  1. #1 Diane@BibliophilebytheSea
    on Jul 1st, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I’ve enjoyed this talented author in the past so need to try this one as well. Glad you enjoyed it Pat.

    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Diane,
    This was a wonderful read and I now must read more of Green’s writings. I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time also.

    The book is on it’s way to a school library now.

    I am having serious computer problems – a 2 weeks wait to get a new computer – my ancient machine is just done in, making do on a laptop and phone. I will be over to read your fun reviews as soon as I am able. Thank you for your good words here

  2. #2 Sara
    on Jul 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Patricia,

    I loved how you started this post with the list of words. This sounds like a wonderful read. I have a friend who would really like it. She writes YA novels and always enjoys stories about young people. I realize this book isn’t just for young adults…but I will look for it, read it and pass it on to my friend and eventually…the library. BTW I loved that suggestion about giving a book to the library or another appropriate place.

    Hope you’re doing well and your new computer comes soon:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    Please forgive me – I am having computer problems and am working from a laptop and a cellphone these days – very slow working around my troubled email system. New computer on its way for the end of the month. IT Girl too!

    Sara I am sure you will enjoy this read – the writing is quite amazing and it think it makes the story dazzle. Do writers read other writers like piano teachers take piano lessons? This book is a good teacher too – just my idea

  3. #3 Talon
    on Jul 2nd, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Sounds wonderful, Patricia… as always, a fabulous review. But as my sister is currently battling cancer, this will be one I put on the back burner for a little while.

    Patricia Reply:

    Talon,
    Yep the back burner might be a good spot…I hope you will get the opportunity to read it – It is quite the well written book and I am promoting it with diligence right now

    I am enjoying your work right now – you write quite a story also!

  4. #4 Laurie Buchanan
    on Jul 2nd, 2013 at 8:38 am

    “…novel which tells a truth about being a teenager with cancer, it is a sad story told with poignant humor.”

    Ahhh, bittersweet — just the way I like them. THANK YOU for this wonderful post. I appreciate YOU!

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie,
    It is just such a wonderful story – magical….I think it helps parents understand how to be helpful also…
    Thank you for your gracious and kind words.

  5. #5 Alien Ghost
    on Jul 3rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Funny how life is. I’ve always been thankful for being healthy, even after I realized all the sicknesses I’ve had. It’s like they didn’t count, or maybe I forgot too quickly.

    I guess we all have our own way to deal with sicknesses and problems in life.

    Raul
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    Patricia Reply:

    Raul,
    Thank you for coming by – and yes, I just put all the illness aside most of the time.

    This is just a beautiful story and clever story and I am hoping that sharing it will get it to more families with children with cancer and medical centers. A gem of a read

  6. #6 Davina Haisell
    on Jul 7th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    What intrigued me right off the bat, Patricia, is that as soon as you finished reading this book, you began again.

    I appreciate the concept of facing suffering. It takes courage to “go there” and practice and compassion for one’s self to know when to “go there” and how long to stay there.

    As I was reading your review it occurred to me how suffering can become a place of comfort for some and difficult to let go of. Identifying with it for too long…it can become all to familiar and thus, difficult to let go of and move forward into the unknown.

    Perhaps one way to move forward is to recognize what has been learned from the suffering and to take comfort in that learning, to make that learning known, embody it and use it as the foundation for the next steps. Life is truly a journey!

    Thanks for continuing to reveal these intriguing books, Patricia.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Davina,
    Computer working today – Hurrah!
    This story included folks who took on the role of victim or great sufferers But the main characters were more actualized and accepting. One because of her great parents – letting her be herself and self actualizing at the same time….great modeling of behavior. It is a bit like folks who are planning a wedding but not the marriage – no plans for the day after the honeymoon…a different future here but very creative and witty journey

    I wish I had known of this book when I was doing my counseling practice but then there is always a matter of timing! Librarian Girl just demanded that I read this story – she is working on writing YA fiction and thought this was amazing – plus all Greene’s work on education
    Thank you for coming by- I have quite a few books still on my to read shelf!

  7. #7 Sam Juliano
    on Jul 7th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds like a real tear jerker Patricia. I wonder if the book is on the junior high school reading lists. In any case you’ve caught my attention with the subject matter and have penned an affecting account. I see what you mean when you state that it would have especially resonated if you had read it back when you were a teenager.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sam,
    It was not much of a tear jerker – but witty and bright and very much a high school read – maybe that is why it might not be on a middle school list – but the brightest or those that need to read this might find it great at that age.

    I was born with cancer and then had Ovarian Cancer when my children were teenagers. As a child, it made me be apart of the other children. We did not have such teaching or advice about understanding others – I was always different and the small tumors I had as a child other children were afraid of catching them
    My siblings were quite cruel about the attention, even though my sister suffered with a kidney ailment for a year in bed. One of the characters has one of those cruel siblings

    It is just an outstanding read

  8. #8 Deborah Barker
    on Jul 22nd, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Once again, you compel me to read this book Patricia. I have just returned from a planned hospital stint (planned, needed, surgery that is) and have been ordered to take it easy for 6 weeks at least. This enforced rest, to one used to rushing around and getting things done, is not altogether welcome but I am determined to fill it with reading and writing. This book is going on my list. Thank you! :-) Debbie
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    Patricia Reply:

    Deborah,
    This is a powerful read and I felt like my writing also improved by reading this story and then re-reading it. It is a compelling read

    I hope you will have a good and healing recovery. I know those enforced rest periods – we can so quickly do too much – just enjoy the down time and yes there is nothing like a good read…

    Have you seen the movie Quartet with Maggie Smith…also a beautiful healing experience now on DVD…
    Sending you well wishes
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