Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
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.
“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
What I thought:
If you are familiar with John Green then you may know he is one half of Vlogbrothers, an online project with a huge fan base. He is a New York Times Best Selling and Printz award winning author of Looking For Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; and most recently A Fault in Our Stars. I must admit it took me a couple of months after hearing all the hype about John Green and A Fault in Our Stars before I finally gave it a chance. I was a little wary of it first; thinking that it wouldn’t live up to all of the hype. I was wrong. It lived up to it all and more!
Green’s writing style is certainly unique and different from anything I have ever read before. He has a way with making what would be a sad and serious story into something light and humorous, while still keeping all the heartfelt moments in all the right places. His characters are such a delight to get to know. The two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, talk in such clever and insightful prose that you can’t help but to fall in love with them. He doesn’t overdo the sarcastic remarks by the characters or go overboard with the humor, and he gets the amount of drama and sappy moments just right.
I could tell from the very beginning of this book that this was not like any other. It is not just a cancer book or a love story but a story about life and all aspects of it from friends, love, family, surviving and death. It will ask the thought provoking questions such as – Will you leave a mark on this world? What will become of those you leave behind? And is love worth the pain? It will leave you thinking about it long after you have finished the book.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Fault in Our Stars. It was witty, insightful, heartfelt and such a joy to read. I recommend it for all ages young and old. If you’re a parent you will adore this book, share it with your kids you will have something new and wonderful to bond over. If you’re a teenager you’ll love talking about it with your friends. It demands to be given a chance!
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