Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Category: Contemporary/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
There are really no words for this book. And I know that I cannot capture in a few words, or sentences, the way this story affected me. And it affected me intensively. I knew that it would, but still, it really touched me. And though it made me cry, those big fat ugly tears, I am so happy I finally read it!
This book deals with some tough and very sad situations. So of course it made my heart ache and break and cry, but it also made me smile. But what I loved so much about this is the characters. I really adored getting to know Hazel and Augustus. They made the story fun to read and, well, I got really attached to them.
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
Hazel was unique, to me at least. I think I enjoyed her more cynical view of life, which was very strong at the beginning of the book. Which was understandable, having to deal with cancer in all forms, day in and day out, does make some cynical. But Hazel was extremely likable. She is very smart and a bit cocky, and she really pulled me into her story. I wanted to see what happened to her. Her personality is very strong and watching everything she goes through.. well.. it was just wow.
And I feel so hard for Augustus. I can’t really say just how wonderful this character was. I loved that he was so odd and he talked so much. But he had this really big heart and he saw the world really differently. And like Hazel he has been through quite a bit, so he too had a strong personality. One I really loved!
I loved how Hazel and Augustus’s personalities mixed. They were a great combination together and they were so cute together. I loved watching them grow and develop, and they really did grow so much during this book. I can’t write how much I just loved these characters!
Another thing I just loved was John Green’s writing style. I felt he really capture his characters and their uniqueness and of course their situations. I also loved the underlining humor of his writing style. He captured such a beautifully tragic story so well.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
The pacing and the building of the plot flowed well. I felt that everything just fit in this book. The characters were unique and interesting and I couldn’t help but love them and feel for their situation. Even the side characters crawled into my heart. The love that developed between Hazel and Augustus just stole my breath away. And though I did figure out the twist, it still shook me; shocked me.
I enjoyed everything about The Fault in Our Stars. It made me cry and it made me smile. It broke my heart yet made me feel wonderful. And though it was such an emotional read, I loved everything about it. I highly recommend this one, even if you don’t read emotional books such as this one. I feel everyone should give this book a try.