Published January 10, 2012
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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 tumors 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.
The Fault in Our Stars was the first John Green book I picked up and read so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I didn't even plan on buying this book, I just thought I would check it out from the library and go from there. Then John read the first chapter of TFiOS on his and Hank's YouTube channel and I was immediately hooked. I knew that I absolutely needed to buy this book when it came out in January. I'm so glad I watched that video because this book is absolutely incredible.
I'm having so much trouble trying to put into words just how mind-blowingly amazing this book is. It's so much more than a sad book about a teenage girl with cancer.I found it so easy to connect with Hazel even though I've never had cancer. I mean she's just like any teen girl, just with a crappy set of lungs. I loved her outlook on her unfortunate situation, her hilarious sense of humor that paired oh so perfectly with her intelligence.
Augustus Waters. I could go on about how absolutely swoon-worthy this boy is, but just like Hazel, he's so much more than he seems. I loved what an incredible friend he was to Hazel and Isaac, just always there whenever and wherever for anything they needed. His outlook on life and how it affected Hazel was so incredible. I loved the ease of their friendship and how they complemented each other's personalities and ultimately brought the best out of one another.
Isaac was probably my favorite character in this book. He was going through a hard time and all of his actions were realistic and raw. I could totally relate to his feelings in parts of the book even though I haven't gone through the same events that he has. I definitely envied his and Augustus' friendship, they could talk to one another about anything and not have to worry about being self conscious. They also have sense of humors that play off one another which was just too funny.
One of my many favorite parts of TFiOS was how the dialog flowed perfectly. I loved that it felt like I was listening in on a real conversation. So many times during this book I busted out laughing, I loved it.
I don't want to say anything about the end. Like I said in my IMM video, 'John Green says there will be no spoilers and what John Green says goes' so I'll just tell you that throughout the entire book I found myself laughing until my sides hurt and using so many tissues that there was a little Mount Tissue on the floor next to me.
"I believe the universe wants to be noticed."
Everyone, without a doubt, needs to read this life changing book. The Fault in Our Stars was complete perfection and just flat out incredible. John Green is the writer of our generation, reading his words gave me chills and made me think about my future. I know this review doesn't do John Green's amazing work justice, but just trust me, you will not regret picking this one up.