Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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 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.

My Review: John Green strikes again with this amazingly humorous and somehow still heartbreaking tale of Hazel Grace Lancaster. The characters, namely Hazel and Augustus, are brilliantly created. They are much like Green's other characters (that's a good thing) in that their thought processes are very clever. I mean, Green's characters are the kind of characters that you actually give a shit what happens to them. That's what makes his books so amazing, above all of the other reasons, like the perfect prose and hilarious jokes. You really can't let this up-and-coming author get past you, because I honestly can't tell you how much I love his books. And I mean, that cover is awesome. I love it. I read this book in as close to one setting as you can while still eating and sleeping. I have a very short attention span, so that's saying something. Readitreaditreadit. Go. Now. I have nothing bad to say about this amazing book.

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