Genre/Format: Young Adult Contemporary, Own Hardcover, 313 pages
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
The Fault in Our Stars is a book I heard about last summer, when John Green promised to sign all 150,000 copies of the first printing. I preordered the book, and once it arrived I couldn’t put it down. Despite my uneasiness of reading another book about cancer I ended up thoroughly absorbed in the story. Even though I haven’t read all of John Green’s books (yet), I can’t imagine they get any better than this.
Hazel was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when she was 12, but a miracle drug has helped to manage her symptoms for the time being. Now 16, she’s taking some college classes, watching ANTM marathons, and spending quality time with her parents. While attending a cancer support group she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus/Gus is in remission, handsome and athletic, and drawn to Hazel immediately. Meeting Augustus is life changing for Hazel and makes her question everything she thought she knew about life and her disease.
It’s the nature of a book like this to worry about the fate of the main character as you turn every page. And yes, I grew very attached to these characters and thoroughly invested in the story so I worried about what was going to happen. But, the story gave me much to think about along the way about appreciating life, love and relationships, and it became a bigger and even more emotional story than I was expecting.
Hazel and Augustus are so smart, likable and brave. John Green does an excellent job with writing both characters and their complexities, sense of humor and vulnerabilities. I appreciated all the funny and tender moments along the way on their journey, and felt their joy and pain along with them. Prepare for laughs and tears throughout the book.
The Fault in Our Stars is a touching and thoughtful contemporary read that will stay with me for a long time. This book packs an emotional punch and left me wordless, and it’s sure to be one of my favorite books of the year.
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