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"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."
Nicole Speaks:Where do I even begin? The Fault in our Stars was one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read. I have read sad books before that I thought were heartbreaking, but none of them are anything compared to Green’s The Fault in our Stars. From the very beginning he makes you love all of his characters just to make you watch them all suffer.
Hazel is the main character of the book. She was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer and now she is dying because of it. “Hazel is such an inspiration to me, she really is. She just keeps fighting the battle, waking up every morning and going to war without complaint. She’s so strong,” said one of the girls from the support group that Hazel goes to. There is not a better way to describe Hazel then by calling her strong. No matter what she faces she is able to make it through it, even when she hits the point where she doesn’t want to fight at all anymore. She is so caring that her biggest concern isn’t dying, but leaving her parents to deal with her death. Hazel is a great character that I grew to love through everything she went through.
Augustus Waters was an amazing character. He was good looking with a great personality. Even though he suffered with another disease, he tried to hide it. All he wanted was to be remembered and to leave a mark on the world. As Augustus’ and Hazel’s relationship grows they both realize what is really important in life and how to go on while living with these terrible diseases.
Isaac may not have been the main character of this book, but I loved him just the same. He was another poor teenager who was sick. Because of his disease he had gone completely blind. Seeing what Isaac went through made this book even more heartbreaking, but I think that his speech to Augustus was really what made me break down while reading this book. He loved his friend so much that he said how even if they could fix his eyes he wouldn’t want to see a world without his best friend Augustus.
Even though watching the characters struggle with illness and loss, the relationship between Augustus and Hazel was what made this book so amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking. Hazel talks to Augustus about how she wishes they had more numbers, more days, to spend together, because it wasn’t fair how little time they got to be together, but that what they had was better than anything else and she wouldn’t trade it for the world. I thought that was beautiful because her limited days with him would be more important to her than any number of days without him. She knew from the start of their relationship that she was risking hurting him because of how sick she was, but their love was so strong they wanted to spend what little time they had together. Their relationship was one of the most beautiful relationships and they are one of my favorite couples out of all the books I have read.
I would recommend this book to absolutely everything, but I have to warn people that you must be prepared to have your heart ripped out while reading this. Even though my heart was being torn apart as I was reading this, I have never loved feeling so heartbroken before. This book is amazing in every way and I am so happy I decided to read this incredible story.