January 8, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars or Feels times ∞

Now Playing: The Life and Death of Amy Pond - Murray Gold & the BBC National Orchestra

Today's review is John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Tears may ensue and all your feels will hit you like a ton of bricks if you ever decide to pick this book up.

Goodreads says:
 Diagnosed 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.

The Fault in Our Stars is Green's fourth book and it's ridiculous awesome. I have not read Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, but I have read An Abundance of Katherine's. Green is a contemporary writer in YA who writes with feeling (but who doesn't?) , with the teenagers who are like old people who know what suck is, and try to avoid it. TFiOS is about a girl, Hazel, who has cancer. She's resorted to just hanging at her house because with her cancer, it's not good for her to linger outside. But, she's stuck with going to a Cancer Support Group, which Hazel immediately calls B.S on. So, as she's forced to go to the support group, she meets this new guy who's fascinating to her. His name's Augustus Waters and he too has cancer, osteosarcoma.

This my dear friends starts from a simple friendship which blooms into a tender, heartbreaking relationship. John Green writes these characters so well, as if he were experiencing the pain along with him and that was one of the greatest things about TFIOS.

Essentially, it's a story of how to live when you know that you're dying.

Hazel and Augustus (or Gus) were two beautifully drawn characters that you can't help wish had more time in their lives because they deserve it. Whereas Hazel was okay with sitting back with watching America's Next Top Model, you could tell it was a front as to prevent herself to become self-pitying as the lung cancer has tested that throughout her life. Gus is similar to Hazel in terms of that, as he keeps an unlit cigar in his mouth to prove that it can't kill him. TFIOS is so tragic, so heartbreaking that the bursts of hilarity that appear make sure you're either always laughing or crying.

Do I Recommend This? Hells Yes. You won't regret adding this to your bookshelf.

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