Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Series: Standalone
Author: John Green
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published: 01/10/2012
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary Romance


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.


More. The Fault in Our Stars is so much more than can be properly described. More than can accurately be reviewed. It touches so many emotions so beautifully that I found myself laughing uncontrollably while Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac discussed (jestingly) Having Cancer. Only to sob uncontrollably when the loss was unmeasurable. The intelligence,  strength, humor, empathy, and love that was demonstrated by Hazel, Augustus, and their families took my breath away. This is a superb work of fiction that deserves admiration, awards, and to be read again and again.


“Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.” ~ Hazel Grace Lancaster


“And I wondered if hurdlers ever thought, you know, 'This would go faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.” ~ Augustus Waters


“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.” ~ Hazel Grace Lancaster


“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”  ~ Augustus Waters


“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”  ~ Augustus Waters

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