Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsDiagnosed 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.

I have to admit that I didn't want to read The Fault in Our Stars. Why read a book that will make me cry at some point or another? But it wouldn't go away! It was everywhere I looked. I convinced myself to stop being a chicken and just buy the book and read it. Certain that death was going to be hovering over every page I reluctantly, started reading it. I have to say this book was one of the biggest surprises of my life.

Yes, Hazel has cancer. Yes, she will die at some point in her life thanks to this disease and she knows it. But even though she is sick that doesn't make her a weak character, hell, she's probably one of the strongest characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Then we have Gus, a cancer survivor who is just the funniest guy ever. Hazel + Gus = The Bomb!!

Green has a talent for writing and God bless him for that. The Fault in Our Stars is one of the funniest, wittiest and all around heart warming and heart-wrenching books I've ever read. I think The Fault in Our Stars should be in everyone's Bucket List: Book Edition. Isn't that ironic? Oh, and yeah you will cry.


Here's a pie chart to let you know the ratio to crying and laughing while reading The Fault in Our Stars.

Favorite Quotes: 

-“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”

-“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

- “It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”

-“I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

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