The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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 is the newest book John Green has written and was the first one that I had read. It had been circulating through my high school like the plague and everybody was raving about how spectacular it was, so I thought I’d give it a go. In the beginning of the book you’re introduced to Hazel, the protagonist of the novel, who sets the mood to the average teenage mind set. Everything is boring as hell (yes, we do think this quite often). But there is something different about Hazel; she is sixteen years old and she has Thyroid cancer in her lungs. This basically means her lungs fail at being lungs and she has to carry an oxygen tank wherever she goes. Hazel’s mother believes Hazel to be depressed since she spends %60 of her life laying in bed and doing nothing and the other %40 thinking about death. Her doctor agrees which results in her medication being adjusted and having to go to a cancer support group. During one of the cancer support group meetings she meets Augustus Waters, the incredibly good looking ex-basketball player and amputee. At first she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with him because she wants to hurt the least amount of people as possible with her inevitable death. Hazel eventually gives in and a beautiful love story unfolds.
SPOILER ALERT: You are going to cry. A lot.
I knew I was going to cry because everyone who read it told me they cried but I didn’t expect to cry as much as I did. The worst part was I was currently 30,000 ft. in the air on an airplane sitting next a stranger when I started crying. Not fun. Anyways let’s get back to the book, shall we?
This book can be a life changer if you make it which honestly you should because the way that Hazel sees things is so different than anything I’ve seen. Her way of thinking is quirky at times and almost philosophical at others. One of the best things about this novel is that it gets you thinking about a lot of things. It gets you thinking about life, death, human nature, hope and love. My favorite kinds of novels are the ones that change the way I see the world and I can honestly say this one absolutely did.
The writing style of this book is easy to follow and comical at many different points. Also I would like to applaud Mr. Green for this is the first book of his that is written in a girl’s perspective and he nailed it.
All in all, this book was a literary masterpiece in my opinion. I would definitely recommend to teens and adults as a must read. Any of John Greens books are a must read.
I hope you enjoyed my very first book review and don’t forget to be awesome.
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Hi! I’m one of Blue Moon Babe’s daughters (I’m the brunette one) and like my mom I share a love for books and writing. I’m here to bring in a new perspective and introduce to you what “the kids these days” are reading. Now this is the first time I’ve written a review so don’t judge to harshly. Hope you enjoy! – Madeline Smith