Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

After missing the last few months, I finally completed a book for Julie's book club over at Peanut Butter Fingers!  I definitely haven't been on my A game, but a newborn will do that to you!
This month's selection is actually my local book club's selection for June and I look forward to rereading it in a few months for a refresher before our discussion!


Description from Goodreads:

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

My Review:

I loved everything about this book.  Hazel and Augustus were both amazing characters,.  I loved the uninhibited love story and the way they interacted with each other.  The story was beautifully written.  It's so difficult for an author to cover a topic such as cancer, especially when talking about teenagers and children.  I think the most amazing thing that John Green did was demanding that you not feel "sorry" for the characters.  They were so strong and wanted to be seen as so much more than teenagers with cancer.  Don't get me wrong, this book is a tearjerker.  You will cry during happy parts, sad parts, and at times when you're unsure what's coming next.  This book rips your heart out and stomps on it, then makes you laugh, and before you know it you are crying again.

Hazel and Augustus make you fall in love with them as they are falling in love with each other.  
I looked up John Green and learned that he worked as a student chaplain in a children's hospital while in college.  Working with those children was his inspiration to write The Fault In Our Stars.

I gave this book a 5 star review on Goodreads and I whole heartedly feel that it deserved each one.  It is  a must read, as in you must read it-RIGHT NOW!

Be sure to check out my books page and I would love to be your friend on Goodreads!

2 comments:

  1. sounds good...checking it out on amazon now.

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