Book Review: The Fault in our Stars

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Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Summary: [from GoodReads]  
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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.

My Review: In going through my reviews to add to GoodReads for the Bloggiesta, I realized I had never reviewed this one even though I read it back in January. Shame on me!

John Green is one of my auto-read authors, but he’s an unusual one for me because he writes Contemporary Fiction. I know contemporary is supposed to be good for us and have great messages and all that, but normally it’s just not my thing. I use reading as an escape and most of the time, I don’t really want to read about real life. Every once in a while though, I’ll read one because everyone says it’s amazing, or because I feel like I need more philosophy in my life, or something like that.

Enter The Fault in our Stars. I was already a fan of John Green – my personal favorites are Katherines and Paper Towns – so I knew I’d have to read it eventually. I thought I’d wait until I could get it from the library, but then I found a hanklerfished copy at one of the local stores… and I just couldn’t leave it there. 

I was so happy I bought it. The book left me alternately crying and laughing, and the surprise ending was very beautiful. The message of the book was one I really needed to hear, especially because I’m an Augustus – I want to do something and matter to people before I die. But the important thing is those few people that it matters a lot to, not the many that it matters a little. I had never thought of it that way before, mostly because I don’t like to think about death.

If you’re reading this review, the likelihood is good that you’ve already read the book. But, on the off chance that you haven’t, you should. It may completely change the way you think – and that’s a good thing.

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