Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars - By John Green - Book Review



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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.
 
Hardcover, First Edition, 313 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
(Goodreads)





In YA book circles, John Green is often noted as the King of YA. Admittedly, I've had a hard time getting into his books in the past. They are often stories of teens who talk like middle aged critics going through adolescent experiences. Though I'm sure if I gave the books a sufficient try, I would generally enjoy them. I just haven't. So when The Fault in Our Stars hit shelves and was quickly being called a MUST read, well, I couldn't NOT read. So, I did. And I've since read it a time and a half more.

This book. Gah. I don't have the words.

Like most books, there are mixed reviews. A story about two kids with cancer is met with varying emotions. For me, this book fills me to the brim with emotions until I am drowning in a puddle of my own tears. Tears of joy, sorrow, existentialism, despair, and a great deal of hope.


I love the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, two teens who talk like they are forty five and are both fighting cancer. To me, their story of love and life and living is a story that says it right. Our lives whether slated for a long haul or a short one, are lives worth living. Wishes, dreams, love, disappointment, heart break, pain...it is all part of life.

Suffices to say that I love this book. In part because it is a well written story with dynamic characters. But also because it makes me feel. And that's what a book should do. It should pull at our heart strings.

And...now there is a movie! I've yet to see it. But gah. I will need a jumbo bag of candy and a box of tissues to get me through.

Read the book, see the movie, or most likely do both. However you want to consume this story, just do.

 
“there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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