Published by Dutton Juvenile on January 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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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.
I bought The Fault In Our Stars nearly a year ago and had been holding off on reading it because it just hit too close to home for a while. Upon seeing all of the excitement for the movie trailer I knew it was time to pick it up and make my way through it. In the end, I’m not even sure what to say other than “WOW!” There isn’t much that I can say about this amazing book that hasn’t already been said so this is probably going to be short but this is a must read for everyone. EVERYONE.
The writing in this book is stunning. I loved the voice that Green gave to Hazel Grace Lancaster; it was honest, it was intelligent and it was beautiful. The way that she thought about things was so… real.. her thoughts about cancer and the people around her were not sugar coated and I so greatly appreciated that. She also wasn’t someone who lost who they were the moment that they fall in love with a boy. Hazel likes Augustus Waters from pretty much the first moment that she sees him, he’s handsome and he’s got an intoxicating personality. But she isn’t afraid to voice the things that she doesn’t like about it or to call him out when the time calls for it. These two go through so much pain together and bring each other so much happiness, it was such a beautiful thing to read. Gus’ refusal to let Hazel keep herself away from him and his humorous side had me falling for him really quick as well. Both of these characters were just so expertly written.
The emotions conveyed in these pages are also handled incredibly well by Green. Hazel and Gus are able to find happiness in a life that many other people wouldn’t be able to. The cancer is always there, but just their ability to help each other forget about it and see beauty in everyday life is truly inspiring. I loved that the reality of cancer isn’t made out to be pretty in this novel. We see the embarrassing moments, we see the ugly side of Cancer that is so incredibly hard to deal with and that is what is so heartbreaking about the story.
I feel like I am just reiterating stuff that everybody else has already said about this book so I will leave off with a visual review. This is me with about 30 pages left in the book. Up until those last moments in the novel I had just accepted the fact that my eyes would always be in a constant state of drowning but the last pages just drive it home and I was a wreck. I had to leave the room I was in because I was crying so hard while my husband was trying to watch tv. Behold:
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