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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
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I had heard how great John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was since it initially hit bookstore shelves. I had a stack of books to be read that was ridiculously tall so I kept pushing aside the idea of reading this book. Until a digital edition became available through our library.
I don’t think at the time of checking it out I knew yet that it was young adult fiction, and I don’t think I would have cared had I known. A good book is a good book. And I wasn’t disappointed.
The story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters, and their friend, Isaac, is brilliantly drawn. Creating sensitive young souls caring strongly for one another is not always easy. John Green has done a masterful job of creating his characters as well as the backdrop for what turns into an amazing love story.
Hazel and Augustus meet at a youth support group for cancer patients. The attraction is instantaneous. Smart enough to understand that cancer always looms over its victims, in remission or not, Hazel and Augustus, with the help of Isaac, strive to make the most of every moment.
Their conversations and dialogue seem overly mature for their chronological ages, but then confronting your immortality likely matures you faster. None of this detracts from the greatness of Green’s writing. His use of language, scene, characterizations, and interaction between his characters is exquisite.
The Fault in Our Stars simultaneously made me laugh, cry, giggle, angry, sad, and overwhelmed by how much feeling Hazel and Augustus put into coping with their illnesses while loving each other immensely. Truly a love story I never expected in a YA novel. Kudos to John Green for showing us how to love one another.
The Fault in Our Stars is a book for anyone who wants to read it–young adults, middle adults, older adults, parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, doctors, nurses–everyone can learn something from Hazel and Augustus.
I can’t think of anything that would prevent me from allowing a teenage daughter or son to read this book as long as they are mature enough to cope with the topics of terminal illnesses and death.
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: Fiction / Fiction – Young Adult
Published: January 10, 2012
Format: Kindle edition, 313 pages