The Fault In Our Stars


It took me a while to get around to reading this novel.

About six months ago – on August 21, 2016, I came home from an evening shift at work. I was feeling happy, because it was my birthday and I was looking forward to a cold beer and a birthday hug from my wife.

Only it wasn’t that happy. It turned out that was the same day that my younger brother lost a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. He spent the last day or so in the company of his wife and kids watching Gord Downie’s big Kingston concert on television and a hockey game.

And then he was gone.

I picked up this book a week or so ago and decided to try and read it. I had heard good things about it – but mostly I just wanted to try and get over the pain of my brother’s passing. Maybe not get over it, but get a little used to it.

I did enjoy reading this novel. It was a good and human story and even though there wasn’t a whole lot of action in it, the book took me on a quiet little journey and I would recommend this book to anyone.

I haven’t seen the movie.

It’s funny – but I am having a harder time writing what was supposed to be a straight forward book review then I did reading the book in the first place.


Dan – my younger brother – the big guy on my left.

I don’t have anything more profound to say than I miss my brother.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon


6 responses to “The Fault In Our Stars

  1. i’m so sorry for your loss. i lost a sister when we were in our twenties and i still think of her every day. i’ve seen this book and never read it, but i intend to read it soon.


  2. I’m so sorry about your brother and for your lonely heart. Sometimes a quiet book is just the thing to take the mind to a gentler place.


  3. It’s always sad when a loved one leaves us. Sorry for your loss. I never read this book (or saw the movie) because I knew it dealt with a depressing topic. There’s only one way a novel like this can end.


  4. I had trouble reading this book. It was well written but the subject matter upset me too much. I guess that means it did what it was supposed to. I am sure you miss your brother a lot. I still miss mine 42 years later. Sending hugs.


  5. So sorry, Steve. My fourth child was born on that very same day. He surprised us by coming a month early. What a very different day for us. I hope the pain lessens each day and the good memories get stronger.


  6. I’m very, very sorry to hear about your brother’s passing.


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