Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green (@realjohngreen)
January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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.
I adore this book. Hazel and Augustus. John Green's writing style. Everything about this book brings a smile to my face. I know it's a cancer book, but it's so much more than this, people.  Green didn't try to hide the cancer from you. It right there in the synopsis.  Just accept that there is cancer in this book, kinda like the characters have 2 arms, and I think you will be fine. Really, I do.

Hazel and Augustus meet in a cancer support group for kids. They are both just quirky enough to get each other. Cancer changes who you are to the core, and only someone else going through the same thing is able to see it. For Hazel and Augustus, meeting at this support group will allow them to form a friendship that will take them far, and I'm not just talking metaphorically, I'm talking across the Atlantic. The two chase their dreams, deciding now is the time to stand up for what they believe and if they questions, demand answers. The Fault in Our Stars is a journey for Hazel and Augustus and the reader. I'm not going to lie. I cried reading this book. Not many books can get me to cry, but this one did. It's not for the reason you're thinking. It's because The Fault in Our Stars changes Hazel, Augustus, and you as the reader. As you read this novel you will think about the two characters and how they interact and react, and it will cause you to evaluate your life. I really enjoy books that leave an impression on me like this.

You may or maynot be aware of the Nerd Fighters (John and brother, Hank) or Vlog Brothers, but just to give you a taste of the hilarity you will find on their webiste or YouTube channel, I give you :

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