From goodreads: 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.
I avoided this book like the plague because the subject matter seemed way too heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a novel filled with angst and sorrow but this would be too much for even me to handle. I had been told by fellow readers that it’s a book that MUST be read. With a heavy heart I decided to find some courage and tackle this book with an open mind.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
The Fault in Our Stars in an incredibly well written and thought out book, filled with memorable characters and a heartbreaking plot. There’s even a twist that I did not see coming and I welcomed it with open arms. Mind you, I think I needed therapy and some Xanax by the time I was done but it was definitely engaging. The first few chapters did seem a little slow for me but it wasn’t a bad thing, I believe the author was setting up the foundation of a profound story of love and loss.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
This is the story of a two teenagers battling cancer. Not only do they become friends but they ultimately fall in love and the journey they embark on is one that will move you to tears. As I read this book I felt like I was running out of time because I wanted them to experience a life without cancer, without the worry of the doom and gloom that was constantly nipping at their heels.
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
The writing is absolutely stellar and incredibly clever. The dialogue between Hazel and Augustus was filled with wit, sarcasm and amazing insight on life. I really don’t have the words to describe what this book did to me. Could I re-read it? Probably not because it’s way too heavy but I highlighted a number of quotes that I don’t want to forget. Yes, the writing is that good.
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”
I don’t know much about John Green but I’ve become one of his many fans and I will definitely be reading more books by this talented author. He’s written a truthful story about what’s it’s like to have a terminal illness and how it impacts those around you. While this is a tough book to read for many different reasons, it’s a story that must be read and one you won’t regret.