The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green [also wrote Paper Towns]
Pages [hardcover]: 318
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
favorite characters: augustus, isaac, & hazel
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.
Oh, John Green. You really need to stop making me fall in love with your characters.
The Fault in Our Stars is as depressing, heart-wrenching, lovely, wonderful, and well-thought as I’d imagined it would be. Hazel and the supported cast of characters combine to make a horrible situation, albeit one that’s been written about before, into something unique and not entirely hopeless. While not everyone will get what they’re looking for if someone’s searching for a perfect plot or ending, I think every bit of this fit in perfectly.
First off, I have to say that the characters made it what it was. Augustus, Isaac, and Hazel were definitely my favorites, but I also loved all of the parents, those random characters that popped in for two sentences, Isaac’s little brother (and I can’t remember his name). Each had their own quirks, exaggerated features, personal hopes and shortcomings and flaws. No one was perfect. Thankfully. They were as real as a reader can hope to get.
While at some times I had no idea where the plot was going or what was going to happen next, I didn’t really care. I just wanted to learn more about this budding friendship, about Hazel’s health problems, and what life could bring her. There’s no sweetening of the details here, or brushing over of the more technical or depressing parts. I liked how the reader is there with her through thick and thin.
If you want to read this, don’t bother trying to prepare yourself. Dive right into it, and let it take you on a ride you’ll never forget.
DEVASTATINGLY DELIGHTFUL. 5/5 stars