Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Rating: 5 stars

Summary: 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.

Review: Mrs. Schubert dared me to read this book and not cry. I felt sure in my ability to not cry because only one book had made me cry, a book I read back when I was eight.

I failed. I cried, I laughed, I thought, I smiled, and I sat in a corner wondering about death and the afterlife. I grew to love Hazel much more than I did Augustus, because while Augustus was smart, funny, and apparently very handsome, Hazel was intelligent, hilarious, snarky, thoughtful, and questioned how eggs became associated with mornings. This is the reason why I read so many books. Because every so often, a book comes along with a story and characters that make you truly feel. And when you finish that book, you will simply sit there for a moment, awed. Or possibly cry a little bit because it was just so sadly sweet. The Fault in Our Stars is that book. 

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