Synopsis:Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Genre: Social Novel, Young Adults Literature, Realistic Fiction
Cover: What can I say? It’s iconic. It’s almost everywhere I go and I kind of can’t go a day without seeing the popular cover of The Fault In Our Stars. The color blue is easy on the eyes, but still jumps out at you on the same time. Honestly though, I really did not put much thought in the cover this time around. I was too anxious to read the pages waiting to be read.
What I Have To Say: This is not a story about kids with cancer. This is a love story between two teenagers that unfortunately have cancer. But if it was not for them having cancer, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters never would have met and would have never lived their little infinity together.
Hazel first meets the tall, handsome, daring, and intelligent Augustus Waters one day when she goes to Support Group for cancer kids in the church (also known as the Literal Heart of Jesus by our main characters) Upon their first meeting, Augustus Waters is infatuated with Hazel and let’s her know this and charmingly demands that Hazel goes to his house to watch V for Vendetta and things take off from there.
Quite quickly, Augustus and Hazel get closer and closer sharing their love for literature and hate for stupid cancer things and they just slowly start to fit together like two puzzle pieces. Augustus is eager to fall for Hazel, but Hazel has some other thoughts. Living with cancer for most of her life, she believes that she is grenade and that Augustus and her will inevitably have a tragic ending with her exploding and dying and leaving Augustus heartbroken and alone. Throughout the book though, Hazel learns that not only is their tragic ending inevitable but, her falling slowly in love with Augustus Waters is also imminent and she might as well enjoy it until she blows up.
The Fault In Our Stars is filled with beautiful moments that makes you envy these two characters. They make you wish you went with them to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite author and to enjoy the beautiful spring season in this foreign city. As Hazel falls more in love with Augustus the reader falls more in love with the book and the both of them and soon hangs onto every single word that is on these pages.
Their mutual friend Isaac, who is now blind due to his cancer related events, is also as loveable as our other two main characters. This trio is quite fun to read about and they make you feel as if you were also in Augusts’ basement playing video games and smashing trophies. All characters have a flawless sense of humor that will certainly make you forget just how heartbreaking this book is.
I cannot simply write a review for this book the way I can write a review for any other. You feel all sorts of versions of happiness and sadness throughout the novel. Augustus mentions multiple times that he is on a roller coaster that only goes up, and for a while you feel you are there with him going up and having fun, but unfortunately the roller coaster the reader is on goes down down down down. The ending to this book is absolutely heartwrenching. The characters and atmosphere of the book is misleading and it is unavoidable to think there is hope for these two star crossed lovers, but Hazel was right. Their tragic ending is inevitable and we must suffer the way everyone else does. In this book, where time and cancer are the antagonists, John Green creates a beautiful and endlessly quotable story that you cannot help but to enjoy and label as favorite even though it may have a an ending that leaves you in tears and a wet book.
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