Monday, March 26, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: January 12, 2012
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository
Despite the tumor-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.

Before reading The Fault in Our Stars, the only other book by John Green I had read was Paper Towns, which I had really enjoyed. I don't know why I didn't pick up on of his other books sooner. And then everyone was talking about The Fault in Our Stars and I picked up a copy. I started reading it right away and pretty much didn't put it down until I was finished reading it.

Hazel has cancer and everyone thought she was going to die. But then a medical miracle bought her more time. Now Hazel spends that time either at home watching America's Next Top Model or attending Cancer Kid Support Group. And that's where she meets Augustus Waters. That's when Hazel's life becomes more than just support group and ANTM. Now she spends her time with Gus, and before long she finds herself falling in love with him. For both Hazel and Augustus, life becomes about more than just cancer. But something like cancer can be hard to escape.

Oh how I loved this book. I'm not really sure how to explain all the feelings I have for The Fault in Our Stars, but I'll try. I knew going in to this book that I would be feeling all kinds of different emotions, not because it's about kids who have cancer but because John Green wrote it. The only other book of his I had read was Paper Towns and that one had left me with all these crazy emotions. The Fault in Our Stars was no different, and before I knew it I found myself tearing up almost every other page. The story itself wasn't necessarily sad, but there were often moments where I just couldn't help but feel for the characters. And those characters are most definitely what made the story for me. 

I absolutely loved Hazel. Despite the fact that she had cancer, a lot of the time I almost forgot about her personality. Sure, she had cancer, but she didn't necessarily let that guide all the decisions she made, especially once she met Augustus Waters. But regardless of all that, Hazel was someone for who I wanted nothing but the best because she more than deserved it. And she definitely deserved someone like Augustus Waters. Because Augustus Waters was exactly what Hazel needed. I'll admit that even I fell for him. He just had this quality about him and I just couldn't help but smile any time he showed up. But he was also the cause of a lot of heartbreak brought on by this book, though that didn't make me love him any less. 

I have to say I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars. It was a fantastic read despite the fact that it broke my heart just a little. I think I have also finally been convinced to go back and read all those John Green books that have been sitting in my bookshelf for all this time. 

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  2. This was one of the most incredible books I have ever read. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and I was so glad that I did. I loved it so much that I started re-reading it again right away.

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