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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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."- GoodReads.

HardcoverFirst Edition318 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Source: Bought

Even after reading this book twice in a 6 month time period I'm not really sure how to review it.
The Fault in our Stars was my first John Green book and I was not expecting it to have the emotional impact on me that it did. 
The day it came out I made my way to the bookstore to purchase it and started reading it about an hour later while sitting and waiting for my mom to get her hair done. For about 30 minutes I sat there are read but realized it would be a terrible idea to keep going so I put the book away for later when I was home and alone in my room. After a long day of errands I was just too tired to continue reading that night. So I finished it the next night. I laid in my bed for hours pouring over the words John Green had written. I loved his descriptions, I loved his wit, I loved his sarcasm. Most of all though, I loved the way he broke my heart. And let me tell you, he broke it good. Ripped it out, lit it on fire, then stopped on the ashes really. I probably laid there crying for a couple hours after I finished the last page. I cried for Hazel, for Gus, for their families, I even cried for Peter Van Houten. 

Do not let that deter you from reading this book. At this point, if you have not yet read it, you know someone that has or you have read other reviews for it and I'm sure most of them include the line "I cried a lot" or something to that extent. It really is a good kind of cry. The characters are just so wonderful and you will more than likely become incredibly attached to them in some way. Hazel Grace and Gus have great personalities and were constantly cracking me up.
But it is a book where one of the themes is the pain of living with cancer and knowing someone who has cancer. Your heart will break at some point. It is so so worth it.

TFIOS quotes (tfios,quote,augustus,waters,the fault in our stars,john green)So grab yourself a pint (or two) of Ben & Jerry's, a new box of tissues, and a nice cup of hot tea. Cuddle up on your couch and take this book in. Really read and relish it. Make sure you are home alone though unless you don't care if someone sees you shedding a tear or two.

The book that I wasn't too sure about at first quickly became one of my favorite books. I pushed it on everyone last year. So now I am pushing it on you.
Go read it! NOW!
And lucky you, the Barnes and Noble Special Edition was just recently released and it is so pretty (and cheap!).
So get to it!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful review of this book! and I just got TFIOS as a Chritsmas gift and was upset that the cover was messed up. So I grew crazy envious when I saw the Special Edition TFIOS!


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