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"The Fault in Our Stars" Novel Review

Updated on June 11, 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars"

I have been thinking about "The Fault in our Stars" novel by John Green a'lot since it is a novel that I have seen before in bookstores but have never really given much thought about reading it until now.

Upon seeing the movie trailer and listening to the soundtrack songs from the movie, I was drawn to this unique story about sixteen-year-old Hazel who falls in love with a gorgeous Cancer-survivor named Agustus Waters. Despite Hazel's acceptance that she will soon die from the Cancer illness that she ha, Agustus somewhat appears into her life and makes her life less miserable and worrisome. He shows her that there is more to life than just thinking about death and illness.

What I like about this novel is that the author, John Green mentions Hazel's favorite novel, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten; the author somehow makes that novel seem like if it is a real book. I gained more knowledge about life just by reading this novel. I feel that it is a novel every teenager and adult should read.

Some of my favorite quotes from TFOS:

  • "There will come a time when all of us are dead all of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything." (pg. 13, John Green)
  • "And if the inevitably of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does." (pg.13, John Green)
  • "Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence." (pg.16, John Green)
  • "Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal." (pg.33, John Green)

TFOS Movie Trailer

If only it were real, then it would look like this in the book.
If only it were real, then it would look like this in the book.

An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten

Hazel mentions several times in the novel about her favorite book called An Imperial Affliction, as the only book that understands the situation she was experiencing, she mentions that it is the only book she has read in which she can relate to closely with the character Anna.

As I found out on Google, it is not a real book. I am mentioning this in my article because I found out on Google that many people were asking if the book is real or if it is just a novel that John Green made up for "The Fault in our Stars" novel.

The story AIA is about sixteen-year-old Anna who has Cancer (just like Hazel) and about her tulip obsessed Mother who meets and falls in love with Dael, a Dutch Tulip trader, and about her pet hamster Sisyphus.

Somehow I have to agree with Hazel's review of AIA; Hazel goes on to say that "AIA is not a Cancer book, it's more of the person with Cancer starts a charity to raise enough money to find a cure for Cancer." (pg.48, John Green)

"Anna is honest about all of it in a way no one else really is: throughout the book, she refers to herself as the side effect, which is just totally correct. Cancer kids are essentially side effects of the relentless mutation that made the diversity of life on earth possible. So as the story goes she gets sicker, the treatments and disease racing to kill her, and her Mom falls in love with this Dutch Tulip Man who trades Tulips for a living. He has lots of money and very eccentric ideas about how to treat Cancer, as a result Anna thinks he is a Con Man and possibly not even Dutch." (pg.49, John Green)

Then Hazel mentions that the other reason why she likes this book so much is because: "the story ends in the middle of a" meaning that Anna dies in the story ending the story in mid sentence. Hazel knows that this is something that will happen to her someday.

"I understood the story ended because Anna died or got too sick to write and this midsentence thing was supposed to reflect how life really ends and whatever, but there were characters other than Anna in the story, and it seemed unfair that I would never find out what happened to them." (pg.50, John Green)

In this quote Hazel expresses her hunger of knowing what happens to Anna's Mom, The Dutch Tulip Man, and her pet hamster Sisyphus. She likes how the story ends but still she is eager to know more.


Hazel's wish comes true when she and Augustus decide to go to Amsterdam (where Peter Van Houten lives) to find out the answers from him that Hazel's been wanting to know ever since she first read the novel.

Were Augustus announces to Hazel about their plan to visit Amsterdam and talk to Peter Van Houten about the novel AIA.
Were Augustus announces to Hazel about their plan to visit Amsterdam and talk to Peter Van Houten about the novel AIA.

TFOS Movie Soundtrack

Hazel and Augustus having a fancy dinner on their trip to Amsterdam.
Hazel and Augustus having a fancy dinner on their trip to Amsterdam.
John Green, author of "The Fault in our Stars"
John Green, author of "The Fault in our Stars"

The Fault In Our Stars Audiobook

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    • pongogirl2 profile image

      Jasmine Pena 2 years ago from California, USA

      I like this novel a'lot:) I enjoy reading it out loud.

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      Lynn Savitzky 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a great article. I especially like that a Wattpad page for AIA exists even if the book is fictional!