“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.”
Many readers may have heard of John Green, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, from his best known novel, Looking for Alaska. Following on from that novel, is his most recent novel, The Fault in our Stars, which shows John Green at his best!
I was hesitant at first to pick up this book, as it seemed to me to be a Cancer book, and I didn’t want to be depressed while reading it. I couldn’t be more wrong. The Fault in our Stars is a beautifully written novel and is not merely a Cancer book, it delves much deeper than the issue of Cancer and discusses the different notions of love, of romantic love, love for friends and books. Most importantly however, is the love of life that this book demands of its characters and its readers. It’s safe to say that John Green takes a “Suck it Cancer” approach with the characters in the book, as they are definitely not defined by Cancer.
Hazel is an appealing character from the beginning, through her clever and witty dialogue. Her obvious attraction to Augustus made the read so enjoyable, seeing how she fell deeper in love with him, and yet didn’t want to hurt him, but simply couldn’t help falling for him. I immediately fell in love with him and his intelligent and funny charm! He adds a lighthearted element to the novel, which is very much needed alongside the seriousness of the books other themes.
One of the book’s themes is that of death and grieving the loss of loved ones. It is no doubt a very emotional read, and I admit, I did cry at times. But it also made me think about what happens after death, how life carries on and about those I would leave behind.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, it is definitely a book that I will re-read and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next John Green novel!
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
“Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”
“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”
“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”