Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Title/Author:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Published:  January 10th, 2012 by Dutton Books

Hardcover, 318 pages

How I Got The Book:  Put it on hold and waited for weeks until finally it came to me!

Why I Picked It Up?:  Recommended by pretty much everyone!  Plus I have wanted to read John Green, again because everyone loves him!  So I did.

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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.”

My Review of the Work:

As I have stated before, I have been really excited and anxious to join the book bloggers love affair with John Green.  Somehow, I had completely missed this contemporary author in all of my book searching endeavors.  Thankfully, I now have a book-reading community that keeps me informed of those must-read authors, and I must tell you, John Green is one of them.  The Fault in Our Stars is the epitome of an emotional ride.  But I loved every single moment of it!

Our narrator is Hazel, a sixteen year old girl who shouldn’t be alive–yet somehow the doctors stumbled upon a miracle and here she is.  She suffers from a very rare form of lymphoma cancer that has spread to her lungs, making it necessary for her to always have an oxygen tank with her.  This is the reason why, when we meet Hazel, she decides she wants to be a recluse and stay in her room and read [the same book over and over again], or watch reality television reruns.  Every step she takes is an extra effort, and for Hazel, who is just buying time, that effort is just not worth it.

Her mother forces her to go to these “I have/had cancer” meetings at a local church, even though Hazel herself dreads them.  But this meeting, a new boy walks in–and he is staring at her!  His name is Augustus, and he is hot!  So why is he wasting his time staring at the girl with the oxygen tank?

Here starts one of the most genuinely sweet and precious relationships I have ever read in YA literature.  Augustus is in remission from a bone cancer from which he lost one of his legs.  He is the kind of guy who puts a cigarette in his mouth but doesn’t light it (really, he is!).  He’s also the kind of guy who will ask a girl he just met over to his house to watch V for Vendetta.  And Hazel is hesitant about hanging out with a complete stranger, especially given her current health standing, which is not positive.

Augustus and Hazel are so perfect together!  Their chemistry is smooth and wonderful–they feed off each other and grow with each other.  Seriously, their relationship is a beautiful thing.  And that is what this novel is all about–how they help each other grow as individuals, how they share their passions with each other, how they see the beauty of life again even though they live in that dark cancer-filled world.  John Green creates this beautiful story from the every day moments, making their reality brighter.

As for the rest of the story, well, this is just one of those novels you have to read for yourself.  Don’t read any in-depth plot summaries, just go grab the book and read it!  You will fall in love with each and every character, and you will fall in love with the story John Green writes.  You will laugh and you will cry and you will smile and you will remember.  This is one of those stories that reminds you about the beauty of the world.

Memorable Moments:

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep:  slowly, and then all at once.  –pg 125.

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Fourth Shelf Book!

This book is an emotional roller coaster, but in such a good way!  In this realistic piece of young adult fiction, you learn what it means to cherish the moment.  Memorable characters, gloriously funny moments, and a love story that you will never forget!  Recommended to everyone!  But have the tissues handy!

Love and Amsterdam,
Jennifer

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