Apr 30, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green Review


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books; 318 pages
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The C word.  Not the profane word, the other one.  The one that can affect your life forever whether you have it or someone close to you does.  Cancer is the main subject matter in The Fault In Our Stars.  I say subject matter, and not that it is what the book is about.  This book is about so much more than cancer.  In fact, I think it's an insult to this book for it be called "the cancer book".  I've been a fan of the musical RENT since I was 10 years old.  It has always been labeled as "the AIDS play" even though just like this book, it's so much more than that.  The Fault In Our Stars tells the beautiful story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

The Fault In Our Stars has been on my radar for quite some time now.  I had noticed that majority of my friends on Goodreads who had read this book had given it 5 stars.  That is a rarity.  So I knew I just had to read this book.  And I just absolutely loved it from the very first chapter.  It's one of those books where you have the urge to skip to the last chapter because you want to know how it ends.  But you resist because you just can't spoil it for yourself.

Hazel is the main character in this novel.  She is a sixteen year old living with cancer.  After her mother notices that she's not really living her life, she sends her to a cancer support group.  There she meets Augustus (Gus) a teeanger who is remission.  Now I had been told that this book was a real tear jerker, and to make sure I had tissues on hand.  And yes, it definitely is a tear jerker, but I wasn't expecting it to be so funny.  Both Hazel and Gus are extremely funny.  I laughed out loud numerous times while read this book.  The conversations between these two were just so amusing from the moment they met.  It didn't take much for me to fall for this couple.

As your reading this book, you are just rooting for Hazel and Gus.  You want a happily ever after.  There was one particular moment while reading where I just wanted to take a bottle and somehow capture their feelings for each other.  That's how strongly I felt their love for one another.  I wish that every person in life could have a moment like that just once.

I had butterflies the entire time I was reading.  There were so many theories running through my head as well.  As I said before I had been told the book was a tear jerker.  And I do not like crying because of a book.  Because it's just gut wrenching for me.  It's one of the reasons why I avoid Nicholas Sparks books.  But it'always those books that you remember.  It means that the author did their job for you have such a powerful emotion, and response to their characters.  John Green definitely did his job, and he did it correctly.  This book is just so beautifully written.  And in case you wondering I did indeed cry...a lot.





4 comments:

  1. I'm always surprised when people give it LESS than 5 stars - it was one of the most incredible books I've ever read.

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  2. This book has affected me a lot. It's been awhile since a book has had such a big impact on my life.

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  3. I agree. This isn't a cancer book. This is a book about two incredible people who suffer from cancer, but they are so much more than sick. This book is beautiful and inspiring. I've read it a while ago, but I sometimes think about it for no particular reason. It affected me.

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  4. I was not prepared for the emotional baggage that came with this book,
    but I loved it. It was so amazing and I have fallen in love with John
    Green's books. All of them...



    Maycee (Alaska Fishing Lodge)

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