Comparing The Fault In Our Stars-John Green


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

I have been reading this book along with Luna’s Library we often read the same books, so we decided to read it together and compare our thoughts. So here goes….


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.


Thoughts before you started reading The Fault In Our Stars?

CHRISSI: I’ve heard so much about this book. I need to read it and see why people say it’s so awesome!

LUNA: It will be A-MA-ZING and intelligent.

What did you think of Hazel and Augustus?

CHRISSI: Hazel was really easy to like. I loved her sarcasm during such bad times. I warmed to Augustus as the book went on.

LUNA: I liked Hazel pretty much from the very start although it did wane a bit in the middle of the book. Augustus was more of a problem, the cigarette metaphor put me off at the beginning and sometimes he was just too great (if you know what I mean).

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I think the book improved greatly towards the end. I didn’t cry, but it did tug at my heart strings and made me think more about what sort of mark we leave on the world, if any. Can all individuals make a mark on the world or are some people just forgotten?

LUNA: The last chapter.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I think the worst bit for me was actually not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped. There was nothing wrong with it as such, I just expected to be more moved and more sucked in.

LUNA: I wasn’t expecting The Fault In Our Stars to be quite so predictable if I’m honest. You know a big part of what will happen before you even start TFIOS because of the type of story it is, but Chapter 13 didn’t impact me because I was pretty convinced by then I knew the ending.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I particularly liked the secondary character Peter Van Houten. I thought he was interesting and an example of what can happen to the people that are left behind after a death.

LUNA: Lidewij J but Isaac is a pretty close second.

Was TFIOS what you expected?

CHRISSI: I expected more from it. I think I bought into the hype too much and I was pretty ready to be blown away. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy reading it or that I didn’t think it was a good book.. it is a good book, but for me it’s not got that ‘Wow!’ moment that I was expecting.

LUNA: In many ways yes but I think all the hype around this book had me convinced it would be one of the best things I’d read this year. It’s a really good book but it’s not as amazing and I was expecting and I think my expectations were a little too high.That said, John Green books always make great reading and The Fault In Our Stars will be proudly displayed in my bookcase.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: I would recommend this book, but his other books are just as good. (Well, the ones I’ve read so far which are Looking For Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines).

LUNA: I would, but I’d probably recommend Looking for Alaska first, maybe even Paper Towns.

For other opinions please check The Pewter Wolf’s review and Bibliobeth’s.

4 thoughts on “Comparing The Fault In Our Stars-John Green

  1. Refreshing review. I didn’t love it either. It was a good cancer book, not the great one many reviews made it out to be. The great cancer book of 2012, IMHO, was Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. That one was brave and irreverent and did break new ground. I did, however, love Kate Rudd’s performance of TFIOS. That made the book for me and it was deserving of the Odyssey Award.


    • Thank you Brenda. I think it’s important to give your honest opinion of a book. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would given the hype. I haven’t heard of that book before, but I might have to check it out now. 🙂

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