Looking at John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars six years later

The years haven’t made his most popular book any less heartbreaking

Image courtesy of Penguin Books

Written by: Geron Malbas

If you’re curious as to why I am reviewing John Green’s incredibly popular young adult book from 2012, The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS), you can chalk that up to my curiosity on how well it has aged. When I read this book when it was first published, I was head over heels for Green’s writing.

     This book tugged at my heartstrings, giving me hope in finding the young love that is usually only in books. With TFIOS, I was plunged into a world led by protagonist Hazel Grace’s experiences with cancer, friendship, love, and loss. I distinctly remember that, six years ago, I thought this was going to be my favourite book for a long time coming, but does that feeling hold up now?

     If you’re an optimist like me, you would cry out a resounding “yes.” Even if you are a pessimist, it would be hard to deny the sheer brilliance of this work. The book has its incredibly sweet and hilarious moments, but it also packs a punch in making you realize that some things don’t always work out the way you would imagine. It’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular books Green has ever written, and it even became a movie (which took creative liberties, so just read the book). If you’re curious as to how this story of a girl with cancer discovering love and loss plays out, you’re going to have to read it and find out. But, to give a little hint, I will say it leaves you with a feeling that is definitely among the stars.