Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars by: John Green

Release Date: January 10, 2012
from Dutton Books
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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."

My Thoughts:

I’m not even sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t been said already. It’s a beautiful story that will rip you apart. It’s painful and that pain demands to be felt. But within the pain there is beauty and first love and just a truly wonderful story. Again, these are all things that have been said before countless times, but they are worth repeating.

Augustus and Hazel’s relationship is beautiful. There is no other way to describe it. These two were clearly made for each other. Not even referencing the cancer, but just in their personalities. They both spoke their own language that a lot of other people didn’t even come close to understanding. Their relationship is easily one of my favorites ever. 

What I also loved about this book is the humor. In spite of the terrible situation it was very funny. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions. The banter between Hazel and Augustus is priceless and hysterical and I loved every single second of it. But at the same time it is a serious book and the horrible reality of cancer isn’t glossed over. John Green shows the ugly side of it and doesn’t bypass the uglier sides of it. It is a love story at its center but it is a love story that deals with pain and loss. The love doesn’t fix everything but it is a beacon of light within a lot of darkness. 

There are a lot of other things I could say about this book but I really don’t even know where to begin. It is wonderful and heartbreaking… oh my God is it heartbreaking! It tore me apart! It makes you feel and it makes you hurt, but it also makes you smile and laugh. It is an astounding and heartbreakingly beautiful read!

9 comments:

  1. Lovely review, Teresa!! I watched the trailer for TFiOS movie last night and decided I need to get this book read. It's been sitting on my shelf since it came out. Why? Because I knew it was a book that I'd need to psyche myself up for. My son (11) read it 2 weeks ago and he's now a HUGE John Green fan. We were talking about it this morning and he said something similar to what you said about Mr. Green's humor...that's what my son loved about it...that he talked about something terribly sad but still managed to make him smile. Happy Friday, my dear!!

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    1. Brandee you can never ever be ready for this book! I put it off for a while too because I knew it would hurt, but it is going to hurt no matter how much you prepare for it. It is a gorgeous story and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  2. As you already know, I am currently reading this one. Only a few chapters in, but I'm already enjoying it! Though still not ready to have my heart ripped out of me! But you are right, it is a beautiful story! I can already tell! And I'm soo enjoying the humor!! :D

    I loved this review, and it's made me just so happy I finally picked it up!!

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    1. Oh Magen this book is just so special! It is gorgeous and one that stays with you forever!

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  3. Oh, Wifey, you know how this book broke me. You said all the right things in this review, and I love the touches of yellow you have up there! I really loved re-living this story with you. Fabulous review, love. Okay? Okay.

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  4. It's my life mission to be the only person alive who hasn't read this, apparently. I'm really glad you loved it, Teresa!

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  5. Beautiful review! I have been nervous about reading this book if only because so many people say how heartbreaking it is. Kind of nervous. Great review!!! Thank you for sharing. Will be checking this book out soon.

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  6. I'm reading this book this month. I love that is was a beautiful love story, that had humor, but am not looking forward to being heartbroken. Excellent Review Teresa. I can tell how special and beautiful this story was to you, and how much you loved it!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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