John Green – The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Published by Puffin, 2012)

The Fault in Our Stars is the first John Green novel I have read. John Green is an author I have wanted to discover for quite a while after reading many book blogs and review websites which endlessly sing his praises. As I have recently graduated from University I have caught the book bug again and Green was one of the first authors I eagerly turned to as a book to read for pleasure rather than for course work.

John Green is an American writer for the Young Adult fiction genre and is the New York Times best-selling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars which I am dedicating this article too . Green is a well-respected author in the YA Genre and has collaborated with Young Adult fiction writer, David Levithan for Will Grayson and he has also worked with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle for Let it Snow, a book which contains three interconnected short stories that all take place in a small town on Christmas Eve. John Green has a Double Major in English and Religious Studies and has experience in the writing industry. His love for the written word has dominated his professional life as well as personal as whilst writing in his spare time he has worked as a book reviewer, a publishing assistant and a production editor.

The Fault in Our Stars, Blurb:

Despite the tumour 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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

I am pleased my first introduction into the work of John Green was through The Fault in Our Stars. I am grateful for this as when reading the blurbs of his other books this novel not only tells a brilliant story but tackles the most heart breaking, realistic and upsetting of subjects taking you on a roller-coaster of emotion. Writing about the big “C”  gave John Green reason to write from an honest and very vulnerable place.

I visited  the John Green website to discover a little bit more about him and I learnt that The Fault in Our Stars was written through his own personal grief, as he lost a friend to cancer. The character of Hazel Grace is by all means fictional, but the inspiration came from a friend’s death and upon reflection the novel becomes John Greens own personal journey of seeking hope and answers. I always admire it when a male author writes as a female protagonist (and vice versa) and Hazel Grace possessed fantastic traits which were not in the least bit cliché. Her reactions, feelings and beliefs all read convincingly especially reading her falling in love for the first time.

There were memorable moments within the novel when Hazel Grace had conversations about books and I found this really expressed the authors own love of books and vast knowledge of literature. The Fault in Our Stars not only delivers  a great heart-felt story, but you also receive an in sight into the mind of John Green. Furthermore, he personally signed over 150,000 copies in various coloured Sharpies!  John Green really does embrace his’ published author’ status he is, quite simply, a fantastic author.

After reading this first book of John Green’s I will definitely be reading more so please let me know of any recommendations for my next John Green novel review – please leave all comments below.