The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Publication date: January 10th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal purchase
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.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel is living with stage four thyroid cancer with mets in her lungs. Well, she’s not really living, she’s just getting from one day to the next. She attends a cancer support group because her parents think she’s depressed. Well, hey.. I think it’s natural to feel a certain degree of depression fighting cancer and toting around a portable oxygen tank for three years. With a revolving door at her support group, due to everyone having cancer and all, Hazel is used to seeing old faces disappear and new ones pop up in their place. Meeting Augustus Waters changed everything, though. Hazel would never be the same person she was before that day.
I’ve had an emotional day — combine that with PMS and I’m probably going to cry through this review process. In fact, you’re in luck because I’m not going to write a novel about a novel today. It’s not that this was a terribly sad book. I mean, it is because it deals with a very emotional topic, but the author makes it the most amusing heavyhearted book possible, if that makes sense. I think it’s because the overall story is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes.
I love the characters in The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel is truly awesome with her quirkiness and her brilliant mind. She’s determined, even if she doesn’t always know where her resolve is aimed. It was a lot of fun getting to know her. Augustus (Gus) is equally fabulous and flawed, almost as if he was created to be Hazel’s male counterpart. Their interaction is priceless, and something that I will not soon forget. Even the secondary characters make my heart pitter-patter. Very well-rounded plot and character development right here.
I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up a copy of this book. I’ve seen EVERYONE talk about it for at least a year, but never made the time. I’m so glad I finally did. This is a compelling tale about one girl’s journey into a whole new chapter of her life, one that may not have happened if circumstances were different. I highly recommend The Fault in Our Stars to everyone with eyes capable of reading – no pun intended. Well, maybe a little. There’s always the braille option, though. Is this book available in braille, Mr. Green?
About the Author
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.
In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here
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