Sparrow’s Book Review: {The Fault in Our Stars | John Green}

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Fault in Our StarsName: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
# of Pages: 318 (Published 2012)
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Amazon
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Death, Love Drama, Coming of Age
Reading Challenge Checklist: Everything YA, Full  House, Countries Visited, 2014 Rewind, Alphabet Soup, Book to Movie

Rating: 5 Sparrowhawks

Despite the tumor-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. – Publisher

Thoughts:

I seriously did not know what I was getting myself into when I chose to read The Fault in Our Stars. I had no prior knowledge of it, nor had I heard of it; in fact, I purposely bought the book and chose to read it simply because it was on my TBR list of “Book to Movies Challenge,” and since the movie is coming out in June, I figured I’d better hurry. Together with that, I seriously did not know what I was getting myself into when I chose to read The Fault in Our Stars until I read the first chapter in its entirety and realized that the rest of book was going to:

(a) Be flooded with profanity at the turn of every page

(b) Utterly insult the deity of the God I believe in because within the first paragraphs of chapter one, I was lead to, “The Literal Heart of Jesus” with extreme sarcasm if I may add ;)

Now, I think the title of my blog pretty much speaks for itself, and that it is pretty obvious that I am a believer. So, just in case you have not caught on, yes, I believe that Jesus, the Jewish man from Nazareth, is in fact the Messiah. The One Man appointed by God to be the judge of both the living and the dead. With that being said, I ought to admit that I was offended at first within the very first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars, but at the same time, I was genuinely intrigued, because well let’s face it, John Green has a charm with words. He is like one of those polished jugglers, who make such a simple trick look so easy when in reality it is not.

So there I went, reading chapter after chapter; submerging myself into the most fascinating life of Hazel Grace Lancaster, and then something remarkable happened. It was as if, this guarded bubble I had been living in most of my life, suddenly popped! Ha! Yeah crazy right!? It’s like, I came to understand and discover a world completely different from the one I’ve been so settled in. Please do not misread what I am trying to convey; I am not declaring that I have completely tossed everything I’ve known to be true out the window.

No, I am not denying my faith in Jesus or any foundation I have established in my faith. What I mean to say is that, I discovered that there are such intriguing and beautiful people outside of my inner circle, and I want to get to know them. Most importantly, I wish to in no way approach them with a mission or my “religious stake” either; I just simply want to know them and listen to their story. :)

I wonder if the most extraordinary people on our planet are taken so suddenly from family and loved ones, because they deserve something better than to continue to live amongst immature, half-grown human beings. I really do not wish to insult anyone, or to single anyone out; really I don’t. These were just some first thoughts that crossed my mind after I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. Like, what if God takes these extraordinary people to Him on such short notice, because they miraculously have understood the meaning of existence?

What if everyone (myself included) who is still alive on earth today, right now; what if, we are still existent, because we have a great deal to learn, a great deal to understand, to go through in order to acknowledge and appreciate life’s existence…and that of Gods. It’s no wonder death arrives at the end of one’s life. I imagine that is when all of life’s lessons, finally begin to make sense, but then it is too late to go back and fix the mistakes and choices we made. *sighs deeply*

In a nutshell:

» I found myself cloaked in guilt and shame after I came to the end of Hazel Grace’s story. My shirt was literally soaked in snot and tears.

» Though Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are fictional characters, I couldn’t help but consider that there could very well possibly be many sixteen year old girls battling lung tumors today; struggling to breathe and survive just one more day.

» I felt terrible shame for taking my health and that of my children’s and my Ben’s for granted. I especially felt great guilt for not appreciating what I have been given; changes will be made in this household for sure!

» We don’t realize this, but we are all dying of a terminal illness…that illness is sin, whose side effect is death.

» Dash my wig! The book was amazing! I will make it my mission to make everyone I know read it!

3thingsiliked+ Hazel Grace Lancaster she is candid, point-blank honest and witty! John Green did an incredible job with her character!

+ Augustus Waters (who reminded me so much of my Ben)! He is confident, idealistic, quirky and boy does he know how to show love to his friends. He’s simply amazing.

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 The imagery of the battles cancer patients have to endure; they have a special place in my heart and prayers.

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- The thoughts of death, fear and oblivion the book drew you into

Just because I’m a believer, I’m going to go out on a whim and say the unnecessary sarcasm towards Christianity (shrugs)

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Tumors. Cancer. Illness.

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♥  “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 

♥   “I’m in love with you,” he said quietly. “Augustus,” I said. “I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. 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.” 

♥  “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” 

♥  “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

♥  “Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 

♥  “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” 

♥  “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” 

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bookratingtyoungadulut20+Minor violence: death, video game/movie violence, anger, vandalizing
Heavy sexual content: flirting, kissing, a poem referring to prostitution and sodomy, mention of pornography, a character touches another character’s breast, two minors have protected sex, sexual innuendos
Heavy profanity:  words generally used in local television/radio; use of religious profanities
Mature subjects/themes include, but are limited to: underage drinking, drugs, smoking, pressures with virginity, cancer, terminal illness, death

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

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