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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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I HATE this book. Absolutely hate it. Not just from the bottom of my heart (which would literally mean my ventricles, and so, no) but with my whole heart. I hate it, hate it, hate it.



I hate the fact that it made me laugh, so hard!
I hate the fact that it made me smile, so much!
I hate the fact that it made me chuckle, so profusely!

I hate the fact that it gifted me with so much Laughter, Smiles and Chuckles when I was expecting to come face to face with tragedy at any moment....it changed my expectations, made me believe in Something which did not happen...or maybe did happen.

I hate the fact that while Hazel Grace fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once , I just fell ...no warning, no time to process the myriad emotions coursing through me, nope, nothing, just a huge endless void-filled fall and then a sudden crash that took my breath away, like literally...



I hate the fact that I fell in love with this bound-to-end-in-oblivion, bound-to-end-in-disaster boy who stared with blue blue eyes and put the killing thing right between his teeth, but never gave it the power to do its killing. (Putting a cigarette right between your teeth and never lighting it, yes, that's Augustus Waters for you, people, a guy huge on metaphors and symbolism...that hopeless boy).



I hate the fact that when I least expected it, the story, the words just grabbed me and pulled me in so deep that even the thought of ever resurfacing never entered my mind.



I hate that the fact that right in the middle of my dance in the rain of laughter, dry wit, and humour without any warning, without any lightning as it's precedent, this thunder would stun me, startle me, wipe the smile right off my face, and sober me up, wake me up from the intoxication of the very real yet false jocularity spun by them, a humour which was nothing but human tragedy waiting-to-happen-and-had-already-happened in disguise and then push me back into that rain to dance again.



I hate the fact that I'm not making my much sense right now....that right now my thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations...

And yes, all the hate above is a metaphor, a symbolic word for love... weird, right? But right now I can't bring myself to say that I love this book....I don't, I don't, I don't (yes, I do, I do, I do...)



So, *deep breath*, it's a story of a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, a girl diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 13 who's still alive at 16 thanks to a miracle drug which didn't work it's miracle in about 70% of the people but it did work in her.

So, even though her lungs suck at being lungs, she's still alive and well not kicking, but breathing, with difficulty (because remember her lungs suck at being lungs), but breathing nonetheless.

She's been nothing but a terminal case ever since her diagnosis. The doctors are simply finding ways of keeping her alive rather than removing the cancer ridden lungs and replacing it with a new one, because let's face it, her chances of surviving such an operation are like next to nothing and why waste a good pair of lungs on a given, bound-to-fail body?

So, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.



Enter Augustus Waters. He's 17, gorgeous, in remission, and very frankly and much to her surprise interested in her.

It's a match made in Cancer Kid Support Group, in the Literal Heart of Jesus (you'll know what that means when you read the book...you'll laugh, trust me, you will).

He is a tenured professor in the Department of Slightly Crooked Smiles with a dual appointment in the Department of Having a Voice That Made My Skin Feel More Like Skin.

He's the unexpected, hot, gorgeous twist in her story...a story which is about to be completely rewritten...





Their story begins with a staring contest...he stares at her...



So she stares back...because let's face it...



(Spoiler Alert: She wins.)

And it progresses into something brilliant, something as bright as the stars, into Something with a capital S....



I hate this book. (This needs indefinite repetitions, I hate it).

I hate the fact that I fell in love with their always. "Okay"





I hate the fact that Hazel Grace took the words right out of my mouth when she said what she said about being a vegetarian...

"I want to minimise the number of deaths I am responsible for,"

and about not knowing what's cool...

"I take a lot of pride in not knowing what's cool."



I hate the fact that I fell in love with this blue-eyed boy who drove horrifically and his cheesy and yet very endearing attempts to be Prince Charming....(but more so with him...the surprised, excited and innocent side of him..)

"May I see you again?" he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.

I smiled. "Sure."

"Tomorrow?" he asked.

"Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager."

"Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow."




I hate the fact that Hazel Grace felt like a grenade and all she wanted to do was minimise the casualities when (not if but when) she blew up...



I hate the fact that I felt sorry for a lonely swing set...a Desperately Lonely Swing Set Which Needed a Loving Home...or maybe it was simply a Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Which Sought the Butts of Children...and the fact that I absolutely love this sentence....





The Lonely Swing Set...



or maybe Just Vaguely Pedophilic...



And even though I fell in love the way you fall from a cliff or a building, (don't really know how that feels..since I've never done that)..I hate the way she fell in love...







I hate this kiss....because for who so firm that cannot be seduced?

And then we were kissing. My hand let go of the oxygen cart and I reached up for his neck, and he pulled me up by my waist onto my tiptoes. As his parted lips met mine, I started to feel breathless in a new and fascinating way. The space around us evaporated, and for a weird moment I really liked my body; this cancer-ruined thing I'd spent years dragging around suddenly seemed worth the struggle, worth the chest tubes and the PICC lines and the ceaseless bodily betrayal of the tumors.




I hate the love letter she wrote him...(Spoiler Alert: It's a Venn diagram love letter.)

I hate the fact that she did not agree with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (in which Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, claimed that certain needs must be met before you can even have other kinds of needs.) Something like this...



Unless and until your needs of the previous level have been fulfilled, you don't even think about the needs of the next level. Of course, like all psychological theories this one too cannot be generalized or accepted universally. Because if there is one law in psychology then it is that there is no law in psychology, there is no given universal laws for human behaviour or thoughts or anything. Every theory has it's use and flaws, applicable to some while not applicable to others. And this one is not applicable in this situation. Nope, not at all.

I hate the words, the word play in this book... a quantum entanglement of tubes and bodies....triumphantly digitized contemporaneity....

I hate the fact that it made me laugh so much, smile a lot, fall in love so hard only to exact revenge later on for giving in to the false security of humour and love by making me cry....oh god, cry so much....so much...

Because that's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.

I get it...totally get it...



I hate the fact that I ever read this sentence...

"I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace..." .

I hate it, I really hate it (forget metaphorical resonances, forget symbolism, I actually hate it).



I hate the fact that it made me cry so much that the lovers of-god-knows-which-century entwined on my pillowcase were drenched in the torrent of my tears and were probably ruing the fact that there was no umbrella during their time.



I hate the fact that I stayed up whole night reading this book, half of the night crying, and even after finishing it I couldn't go to sleep, so the rest of the dawn just pacing in my room with all these haphazard, desultory stars jumping around in my mind finding absolutely no avenue to become constellations.....and my eyes puffy (Note to self: Do not stay up all night or add crying to it if you do to avoid puffy eyes.)



Why do I do this to myself??



And I absolutely hate this...



I hate that this story is stunningly overwhelming, insightful, irreverent, raw and devastating...and to quote Markus Zusak, it's the kind of story reading which "You laugh, you cry and then you come back for more."



Some infinities are bigger than other infinities... ...I'm grateful for having known this little infinity...grateful for this epic love story of two star crossed lovers....



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I like my choices. I hope you like yours.



And by hate you know I meant love, right?

I love this book.



Right now, my thoughts are too jumbled up...



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Quotes Richa Liked

John Green
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


Reading Progress

December 3, 2012 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 12, 2013 – Finished Reading
February 6, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read

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Akanksha❤ Søren♰ Wonderful review. :D


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Brittni Amazing Review Richa!!!! =)


Purva I hate this magnificent review. I hate that it got me all choked up. I hate that this wonderful review transported me back to the glorious world of Augustus and Hazel. I hate those incredible pictures.

Thank you for this splendid review. I bet John Green would be proud of this one. You are brilliant.



Lise *friends don't flag* Stunning review, Richa!


Susanne Fabulous review, Richa! Well done xD xD


Lily at Bookluvrs Haven Feels like foooreeevaaaaa since I saw your name come up on my feed. Like you are in hibernation, and I was having Richa review withdrawals! And then.... there you are....



Thank you for the review Richa! I really want to pick up this book soon. Will have to move it up the list! :)


Blacky *Romance Addict* Awesome review Richa :)


Duchess Nicole Awww, Richa!!! Your review makes me want to cry! I'll eventually gear up for this one...I need lots of preparation. Good to see you back on Good Reads...it's been awhile!!


Vishous omg Richa wonderful review!!!!

i adore this book!


Debra Richa, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your review!!! The pics are perfect...and this book is just amazing...still can't stop thinking about it and your review has brought back all the memories of reading it as well...Wonderfully done!! :-)


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NiteReader Wow, just wow and obviously a must read!! :)


Alexis *Reality Bites* AWESOME review, Richa!!!:)


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Shreya OMG!!!! I seriously have very little idea about waht all these words mean as I haven't read this book yet... But I loved the review, coz it made me CURIOUS... :) It was superb...I'm sending you a friend request..I would love to chat about books with you..


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bobo ohhh, so some hate is in order. ;)) I "hate" this fabulous review, Richa. Wonderful job, hun!


Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~ Flipin' beautiful review Richa. I'm almost back to the blubbering mess
I was when I finished it.


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Dd BEAUTIFUL review doll!!Reading this soon!!:D


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Baba  Fab review, Richa!


Richa Akanksha ❤ wrote: "Wonderful review. :D"

Thank you, Akanksha!! :))


Richa Lisa wrote: "Awesome review!"

Thank you, Lisa!! :))


Richa Brittni wrote: "Amazing Review Richa!!!! =)"

Thank you, Brittni!! :))


Richa Sonia ღ wrote: "I hate this magnificent review. I hate that it got me all choked up. I hate that this wonderful review transported me back to the glorious world of Augustus and Hazel. I hate those incredible pictu..."

Aww..I hate this comment, Sonia!! :D Thank you, thank you so much for this!! *hugs* Thank you for all the encouragement...I hate it. :P <3


Richa Lise wrote: "Stunning review, Richa!"

Thank you, Lise!! :))


Richa Susanne wrote: "Fabulous review, Richa! Well done xD xD"

Thank you, Susanne!! :)) :DD


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Richa Lily wrote: "Feels like foooreeevaaaaa since I saw your name come up on my feed. Like you are in hibernation, and I was having Richa review withdrawals! And then.... there you are....



Thank you for the revi..."


LOL! I was in hibernation, kind of. :D Had all these tests to prepare for and assignments to submit. Still do. But have finally got a mid semester break, so could come online again. :)

Thank you so much, Lily!! I missed you too!



I hope you'll love it whenever you read it....Word of advice: Keep plenty of Kleenex nearby. You'll need it, trust me. :S


Richa Blacky wrote: "Awesome review Richa :)"

Thank you, Blacky!! :))


Richa Duchess Nicole wrote: "Awww, Richa!!! Your review makes me want to cry! I'll eventually gear up for this one...I need lots of preparation. Good to see you back on Good Reads...it's been awhile!!"

Thank you, Nicole!! :)) It's good to be back! :D And yep, lots of preparation is required for reading this one like having plenty of Kleenex nearby!


Richa Vishous * RACHT's MINION! * wrote: "omg Richa wonderful review!!!!

i adore this book!"


I adore it too...but will definitely not read it again anytime soon. My eyes are tired of crying. For now. :P

Thank you, Vishous!! :))


Richa Debra wrote: "Richa, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your review!!! The pics are perfect...and this book is just amazing...still can't stop thinking about it and your review has brought back all the memories of reading ..."

Thank you so much, Debra!!! :)) I "hate" this book! Absolutely hate it. So, this will go in the collection of awesome-and-beautiful-but-to-be-read-only-when-your-eyes-need-cleaning-kind-of-book shelf. Right next to A Walk to Remember, Ways To Live Forever and The God of Small Things. :S


Richa NiteReader wrote: "Wow, just wow and obviously a must read!! :)"

Thank you, Nite!! :)) And yes, it is a must read but be prepared to laugh and cry and laugh some more and cry even more when you do. :S


Richa Alexis ~*Your official Book PIMP*~ wrote: "AWESOME review, Richa!!!:)"

Thank you, Alexis!! :))


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Richa Shreya wrote: "OMG!!!! I seriously have very little idea about waht all these words mean as I haven't read this book yet... But I loved the review, coz it made me CURIOUS... :) It was superb...I'm sending you a f..."

Thank you so much, Shreya!! :)) I'm glad you're curious about the book. It's lovable and beautiful but absolutely devastating.

I haven't checked my friend requests in a while now...my friend list first needs some serious organizing and editing. :D Will accept yours as soon as I check it. Thank you for it. :)


Richa bobo wrote: "ohhh, so some hate is in order. ;)) I "hate" this fabulous review, Richa. Wonderful job, hun!"

Thank you so much, L!! :))


Richa Vikki wrote: "Flipin' beautiful review Richa. I'm almost back to the blubbering mess
I was when I finished it."


*Hugs* I get it...*sigh* Thank you so much, Vikki!! :))


Richa Dd wrote: "BEAUTIFUL review doll!!Reading this soon!!:D"

Thank you so much, my dollface!!! :DD By the way, I thought you were going to call me?


Richa Baba wrote: "Fab review, Richa!"

Thank you, Baba!! :))


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Sunny Richa, wow! what a review. I have this book on audio and now I am compelled to listened to it. Your review was lyrical, creative, and compelling! Publishers need to put you on staff!


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Lily at Bookluvrs Haven Richa wrote: "Lily wrote: "Feels like foooreeevaaaaa since I saw your name come up on my feed. Like you are in hibernation, and I was having Richa review withdrawals! And then.... there you are....



Thank you..."


I was forewarned to the kleenex requirement with this book. I blubbered through 'Looking for Alaska' so I will definitely take the advice. LOL :) Good luck with all the tests and assignments that you have left!!


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Kristen Nicely done, Richa!


Louise Fabulous review Richa!:) and beautiful pics too;)


Charlinda Jenkins Wooow amazing review.


Inês I could only read about half the review because if I read one more sentence I would definitely start crying. This book broke my heart. It's the most horrible and amazing book ever.


Komal Mikaelson Wow wow wow!
Loved your review! Awesome! :)


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Glamdring Awesome review, Richa! :)


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Jessica Wow just reading your review I wanted to cry. I have not read this book and I am not sure I could handle it. But I am going to put it on my to be read list and maybe I can bring myself to try and read it. Great review by the way!!


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Airah ♔ Nice!!:)) Very lovely review, Richa!:))


Karolina Wonderful, absolutely wonderful review!

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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ Amazingly beautiful love/hate review!!

Bravo, Richa! :D


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Danielle perfect


Pimmy AWESOME REVIEW. LOVE IT! :D


Reina This summarizes everything. Probably the most gut-wrenching review of TFioS. 3


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