Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
I waited almost two years to read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. When I realized I was part of the 1% that hasn’t read the book yet, saw that the movie was in production, and was maliciously assaulted to read the book, I finally picked this one up. My expectations for this one were through the roof, and for the most part, they were met.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
My experience with John Green started with AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, which, sadly, I really disliked. Thankfully, this book wasn’t anything like that book, and I tend not to hold author grudges.
Since almost everyone already knows what this book is about, I’ll just tell you what I thought of it in a barely coherent review that includes an unnecessary amount of gifs.
“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”
First: That. Writing. There are some T-Shirt worthy quotes in this book; quotes that make you think and quotes that almost anyone can relate to. I already ordered my “Okay? Okay.” shirt from RedBubble and forcing the book on my poor friends using threats and violence.
“I do, Augustus. I do.”
Part of the reason I put it off so long was because I knew it was going to be an emotional ride. However, when I finally did get around to picking it up, I was determined not to cry.
Of course, I just had to be in public at that time, but luckily no one said anything. Or didn’t care-it’s public transportation, you never know.
Although I knew this one wasn’t going to have a happy ending exactly, it was not hard to imagine Hazel and Augustus’ future together, because they really deserved one. *Cue gross sobbing*
I did wonder about all the characters and things after the ending, but I guess we can imagine whatever outcome we want. In that case, I shall leave (myself) and you, this gif:
I am now very anxious to see the movie, because I have always been a more of a crier when it comes to visual things over just reading them. It is needless to say that I highly recommend this book, but don’t forget the tissues.