Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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


This book was very emotional for me, mainly because the topic at hand was cancer. Having a cancer patient for a grandfather, I was a tad weary at reading this book because I felt it would upset me, but instead, it opened my eyes more. I’m glad to have read it.
This is my first John Green book and after reading it, I am definitely planning on getting my hands on his other books which I hear are really good as well.
Hazel’s life is a miracle all itself; being diagnosed with stage four cancer is definitely no field day. Augustus Waters is lucky to be alive as well after losing one of his legs to osteosarcoma. They meet at a cancer support group meeting which Hazel generally attends weekly. They have an immediate connection. They become close, and exchange their favorite books. The book Hazel gives Gus is about a girl with cancer and he loved it just as much as she did. This book however, doesn’t really end; so it has always been Hazel’s dream to hear the end of the story.
Green’s writing is addictive; that’s the only way I can seem to describe it. I was hooked from page one. He didn’t write it as a book about cancer, but rather as a book about love, loss, and disappointment. It just so happened the two main characters had cancer. This book was emotional and at times heart-breaking. The plot wasn’t clichéd, and was definitely unique and special. It left a beautiful ache in my heart.
I especially loved the whole side plot about the book. One would think it would be an amazing experience to meet their favorite author in their own home, but for Hazel, it was more of a nightmare and a major disappointment. Though I do believe Mr. Peter Van Houten does redeem himself at the end; especially hearing the reason behind why he is the way he is: rude, a drunk, and just a lousy person to be around.
As my first John Green novel, I was left thinking, What took me so long?! I was not let down from my expectations for it was everything I expected and more. I would recommend this book to everyone I know because it gives them a rather different perspective of life around them, and tells them every moment we live is precious, so live life to the fullest.
Live. Love. Laugh àIt all has a new meaning to me now.


Anonymous said...

Really loved this review! Especially the last part:
"Live. Love. Laugh all has a new meaning to me now."

It was really insightful; glad you're back to blogging!

Dani said...

Loved your review! I really loved this book and like you, I had a relative with cancer, but it was my grandmother. This book taught me to appreciate life in the best way that I can.
Keep on writing! :)

Danielle said...

Thank you both! I'm glad you loved the book and review :)

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