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“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
170 ‘okays’ later, and this book still brings tears to my eyes. (Yes, I counted how many times ‘okay’ was said throughout the book.) I have read The Fault in Our Stars at least 4 times now, and have been putting off the review for over two years. No review could do this book any justice; you simply have to read it for yourself. But, alas, I was asked to post a review. So, here goes nothing.
The first time I read TFiOS was in June of 2012. I went on a book buying spree post-graduation, and bought all of John Green’s books. I’ve always said that Paper Towns is my favorite, but I have a soft spot for TFiOS. It was the first John Green book I’d read/bought, and at the time my grandfather was battling lung cancer. This book is so well written; I give major kudos to Green. For being a work of fiction, I think he depicted cancer – and the other side effects of dying – very well.
The character growth is gradual, but you do see them change. You see young love grow, you see young love die. It is heart wrenching. This book is an emotional roller-coaster that only goes up….then down, then up again, with a couple loop-de-loops thrown in. It just toys with your emotions like that. Making you laugh, smile, cry. The Fault in Our Stars will probably tear your heart out, if you’re into mushy love stories.
“[…] because I do not want to see a world without him.” I feel like no one ever talks about Isaac enough. He is/was so important to TFiOS, but it seems he never gets a second glance. He is, truthfully, what brought our star-crossed lovers to each other. Had it not been for Isaac inviting Augustus to Support Group, then he and Hazel may have never met. Isaac, through his own problems, was still there for Augustus when he got sick. I believe the two have what I would call true friendship.
My dear, sweet Augustus Waters. Total dreamboat. I cried. I still cry. The last line of the book gets me every time. It starts with the tingling of my nose, and next thing I know I’m sobbing on the floor, surrounded by tissues. Mourning another character, taken away too soon.
Do I recommend this book? “I do, Augustus, I do.” If you liked the book My Sister’s Keeper, or if you’re a fan of YA, contemporary, or realistic fiction – you should definitely read TFiOS.
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