Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green Review

From Goodreads: 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.

Rating: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Ending: 4.5/5

I started this book technically 2 days ago and I have just now finished it. I stayed up for 5 hours tonight/this morning reading and I am in complete awe and feeling a lot of emotions right now. When I love a book, I think it's a good idea to write the review right away so I can accurately describe my feelings; I have a different opinion if I didn't like the book.

First, very few books have made me feel this...intensely. I have stayed up before for hours just reading a great book but this one is different. I'm thinking it's because I've never read a book so joyously depressing.  Without giving away any spoilers, Hazel and Augustus will break your heart and make it grow. They, and the other characters are all especially interesting and well-written. The focus though is placed on the two of them, as it should be.

Just like Mr. Green's other novels, I feel it was written and crafted to perfection. Even the ending, which seemed a little rushed to me, was appropriate and anything else I might have like would have been detrimental to the writing. I was looking forward to this book for quite some time and am glad and saddened to have finished the experience of reading it.

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