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The Fault in Our Stars in a novel by American author John Green. It is a moving account of a teenage girl called Hazel who has a rare form of cancer. She attends a support group, but mostly because her parents make her, and one day she meets a boy called Gus who she connects with and starts to see outside of group.
Hazel has a favourite book, also about a teenage girl with cancer, and she shares this book with Gus and they set about trying to track down the author and find out what happened to some of the characters in the book.
Mostly I found the book engagingly written. As it is written from a teenager's perspective it is not heavy or hard going, but it is moving in places, mostly due to the nature of the subject matter. Whilst I didn't have much in common with Hazel, I did feel an admiration for her and her attitude. Whilst not having suffered myself (fortunately), I liked her pragmatic attitude was refreshing and I thought how she freely admitted battles with depression and problems relating to other teenagers would be realistic in the circumstances. I think it is targeted at the ‘Young Adult’ market, but this should not put off an older adult.
I would recommend this book, but it is sad in parts (and not always the parts you expect).
There has been some criticism of this book and how it portrayed Hazel’s particular form of cancer, as being more serious than it needs to be.
The fault in our stars is everything it claims to be. Although it is often seen to be a novel for a teen girl adults of both genders enjoy this book. It’s sad, but also has an odd sense of happiness throughout, even after reading it I found myself thinking about it often, it’s quite unforgettable. John Green has not written a book, he has crafted a story that many love. The characters, who are suffering from cancer, are strangely relatable and you almost find yourself becoming Hazel, the main character of the book, as she meets Gus, you live through her relationship with him and feel every twist and turn as it hits you. This story allows you to see a slightly, if maybe a bit romanticised, side of cancer and the people who live with it and although there are of course many realistic negative parts of cancer that are explored throughout the book they are mainly in the background or part of the backstory until they are necessary as a plot device, and they really show towards the end of the book. Many types of cancers are mentioned as Hazel and Gus attend a Church support group for teenagers with cancer or those who have survived it, some of these cancers are less well known and therefore the fault in our stars have helped spread awareness. The book, perhaps ironically, backs up the phrase “never meet your idol” with the character of a grumpy bestselling author. Although the book focuses on two teens with cancer, it also explores the effect on other people such as parents and the social side of the sufferers – something that is often ignored and forgotten.
The Fault In Our Stars is based on a book by John Greene. Having not read this myself I can’t comment on how well it transfers to the big screen, but I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews in this regard. This review is therefore for the DVD.
We’re introduced to Hazel, who is forever accompanied by an oxygen tank, and Augustus, who makes light of his prosthetic leg. Meeting at a support group, the two share their journey and a friendship gradually develops between the pair. The film centres on this relationship, one which starts out as two ‘survivors’ swapping stories, to two teenagers who share both a common bond through cancer and a love for one another. It’s a simple, straightforward premise in that sense, and that’s what the film is all about. We’re taken on a discovery of their ups and downs, through health scares and struggles, through jokes and sarcasm; we see how friends and family support and struggle with accepting the reality of cancer, and how such a life-changing illness can impact lives.
This film manages to balance harsh reality with inspiration, leaving a trail of hope and sadness in its wake. As the story continues, we wonder what will happen with the two characters, knowing that the end result is not going to be a particularly happy one, but hoping none the less that some happiness can be salvaged. Indeed, I was gripped to watch until the end and I felt a good deal of empathy for the central characters. Cancer is something we all know about and it’s not something that can be escaped; this film doesn’t let us escape it, but it shines a new light on it, and through Hazel and Augustus we’re given a glimpse at how differently people handle the cards they’ve been dealt.
I felt that the premise was moving in its simplicity. It was easy to follow and, despite the subject matter, was easy to watch. It felt genuine, without being sickly sweet or bitterly morbid. The characters injected some humour and light-hearted wit here and there to lighten the load, whilst never taking away from the underlying seriousness or gravity of the situation.
The cast includes Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe amongst others. It was good to see a few familiar faces, and also the not-so-big faces of the two protagonists. Each actor/actress played their respective role incredibly well & made the film believable and gripping.
The downsides? There were a few moments/scenes that I felt were a little forced, where perhaps where the script didn't quite sit right. However, these were not monumental scenes, nor did they distract from my overall 'enjoyment'. Some may find the flick a little on the slow side, but I thought the pace was pretty well-balanced and kept me feeling engaged throughout.
It is sincere in its simplicity, genuine in its portrayal and left its mark in my mind long after watching.
Well I bought this book a while back when everyone was wanting to read it. I guess it was an OK book.I was in fact a little disappointed that I didn't like the book that much. My friends and everyone was like how can you not like it. Well first I loved the story line,the romance was so adorable. I loved hazels character and how she's so down to earth. But honestly there was parts in the book that were completely dull.I thought the book was moving slowly always talking about that book that the two main characters bond over. It was hard for me to finish the book,because at times I just wanted to quit on the book Noe and I wish I had.the ending to the book was so sad. I honestly can't believe he died that crushed me and I had tears in my eyes. This was the first book ever to bring tears In my eyes. Anyways I would recommend this to a friend.
The Fault in our Stars
Written by John Green
Price: £3.85 on Amazon.
Number of pages 313
I’ve heard quite good reviews on the Fault in our Stars film and knew it was a book so just had to purchase it. I’m one of those people that likes to read the book first then watch the film. I haven’t got round to watching the film yet so will review that and compare to the book once it’s released on DVD.
I purchased the book from Asda it was in part of a deal 3 books for £10.00 as its summer and I’ve planned many weekends away I thought 3 books would be great and with such great titles to choose from it was hard to resist.
Hazel Grace- The main character who tells the story of her life as a cancer patient aged just 16 the struggles and joys she faces
Augustus – A great supporting friend for both Hazel Grace and Isaac, always coming up with great ideas.
Isaac- My favourite character although he has a lot of bad luck throughout this book I hope for happiness for him.
The Fault in our Stars is about a cancer patient called Hazel Grace Lancaster, the whole story is told by her from her point of view which is a very nice way of writing. Hazel attends a cancel support group once a week, not that she wants to attend but it’s to keep her mum happy and lets her mix with people who are going through the same experience she is. It’s a group where people talk about how they are feeling and support one another. All the members of the group are roughly the same age, Teenagers. At one of the support meetings that Hazel is reluctant to go to she meets a guy called Augustus, He is friends with Isaac who is a friend of Hazels, Isaac had a tumour in one of his eyes and had that removed but now unfortunately it has returned to the other eye meaning that he has to have that one taken out as well. Isaac doesn’t have much luck throughout the story he loses his sight and his girlfriend in a matter of weeks. But luckily for him he has two great friends Augustus and Hazel. After Augustus First meeting him invites Hazel back to his house to watch V is for Vendetta as apparently Hazel looks like Natalie Portman. We learn from this that Augustus is now cancer free after having his leg amputated. Hazel however is not she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs meaning she has to carry around an oxygen tank with her, before leaving hazel and Augustus agree to read each other’s favourite books, his is ‘The price of dawn’ and hers is ‘an imperial affliction’. ‘An Imperial Affliction sends the two on an adventure, The books ends with so many unanswered questions that Hazel has been thinking about constantly that Augustus gets in contact with the PA of the author and after several forward and back emails he decides to use his one wish that cancer patients receive from a generous charity to take her to Amsterdam to find out the answers to her question as Van Houton the Author refuses to email the answers. When Hazel’s lungs fill with liquid and is rushed to ICU she thinks her dream of finding out the answers has gone but this is not true. Hazel’s mother joins Augustus and Hazel on their journey to Amsterdam. When the two meet Mr Van Houton he is not what they were expecting and they leave very disappointed. That day Augustus has something to tell Hazel as well his cancer has returned…..
I will end my plot summary there as I don’t want to give away the ending for those of you who are reading it.
I really enjoyed reading this book I read it in 2 days although if I didn’t have work I think I could have easily finished it in day. (Damn work) It’s an easy read which is suitable and written for young adults possibly teenagers. Throughout this story you read so much about Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac that it’s impossible not to fall in love with the characters. When reading this book I went through every emotional possible, I laughed I cried and some emotions in between. I’m sure many people if not everyone has had to face cancer at some point in their life maybe not directly but a family member, colleague or friend, so to write a book where young 16/17 year olds have cancer must have been really difficult. We all know that young people do get ill and die but I think it’s a something that we don’t want to think about. This tear jerking book is extremely sensitive and you can tell the writer has done a lot of research into the conditions.
I really liked that it was written from Hazel Grace’s point of view, as a reader you felt how she felt, she took you on a journey of the ups and lows of her life. I loved every 313 pages of this book and looking forward to reading more of Mr John Greens work. I do face a dilemma now of do I watch the film? I have many times read a book then watched the film and felt heartbroken at how the film doesn’t do the book justice.
I would recommend to anyone who likes a good book to read this it’ll be well worth your time. An exceptional book with loveable characters and great themes within the plot.
Where to start? This book definitely lives up to all the hype. I never thought there would be a book which has the power and ability to make me laugh, smile and cry all at once, but this does. John Green is by far my favourite author of all time, and you will be missing out if you don''t decide to read this. I was recommended this by some of my friends, and I have thanked them ever since. Once I picked the book up for the first time, I couldn''t put it down.
First of all, it is a heart warming book. It is about a girl, namely Hazel who get cancer. This book is not comedy but really it is kind of sad. This book give you more information about the cancer. It is a cute romantic storybook. This is definitely a recommended John Green's book. I hear about loads of good comments about this book and have a high expectations on this book. So, I am kind of disappointed after finished reading this. I think I have too high expectations. The story is sad and you might just cry if you are getting in to this book. A movie also came out recently about this novel. I think this book is a must read and if you did not read it yet, you should. It is suitable at all age and you will never be too late on trend. I used only a single day to finish it because you will have the feelings of keep reading it and you don't wanted to stop reading, not even go for toilet. But I really wanted the ending to be happier because I am that kind of people who love happy ending. I don't hate this kind of ending but it just make me quite emotional that day. This book make me ask myself a lot of life problems and reminding me to appreciate the life you have, the life that god give it to you as a gift. It's a fun reads.
This novel is packed full of a dangrous mixture of emotions, it creates a brand new spin on the hundreds of cancer books on the market. The interesting writing style makes for a great young adult novel. After seeing countless quotes from this book on Tumblr i decided to see what all the fuss was about, and believe me i was not disappointing in any way. I started reading this book on Christmas day and finished it by midday boxing day, i refused to put it down. You will go from laughing to crying within ten minutes as the book progresses. I love how the book doesn't focus on the horror of terminal cancer, but instead finds beauty in the life itself. This book makes for an amazing read and i would recommend it to anyone of any age, be warned: keep a box of tissues by your side throughout.
At the start of every new year I set myself a challenge to read 50 books that I've never read (I'm trying to get through all my books!). I inevitably fail, but always try again the next year. I have also decided to try and review every book I read! Wish me luck!
So to start off, the first book of 2014 is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I've been a fan of his educational videos on YouTube, and hadn't quite registered he'd written books until my sixth former handed me this one and told me to read it. As tends to be usual for me when given books, I didn't bother looking at the blurb and started to read. Several hours later....
The book focuses on 16 year old Hazel, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer at the age of 13, resulting in very bad lungs, wheeling around an oxygen cart, and the knowledge that the cancer is terminal. Hazel doesn't let this stop her, and the book doesn't let this be the main focus (although, unsurprisingly, it is still a rather large feature). We follow Hazel as she reluctantly is sent to a weekly support group by her mother, where she meets Isaac who lost an eye to cancer, and the charismatic Augustus Waters who lost a leg to cancer but is now in remission, and won't let his disability control his life - even if his driving is a little bit jolty!
What follows is a gripping story as we follow two teenagers bond over films and a book that Hazel is a huge fan of, about a girl who has cancer. Now, the lives of teenagers have many ups and downs (as I'm sure some of you may know), but add to this the added element of cancer. Although, like I said before, it isn't the centre of the story, I feel you get an insight into how a young person with cancer may feel, juggling a severe illness with a severe crush, and how guilty it can make them feel. John Green states that his work as a student chaplain in a children's hospital helped him, as it "showed that the children there were "as human as healthy people" - and I think this is portrayed excellently in his book.
I think the thing I love about the book is it keeps bouncing between so many different emotions. Yes, it does at times make you sad, and bring a lump to your throat, but at other times I was smiling, and even laughing out loud. The Fault in Our Stars shows that a book about cancer doesn't have to be sad - here we see Hazel determined not to let cancer be her life; she attends college two days a week, she spends time with Augustus and Isaac, she even manages to fulfil some of her dreams; all without letting her disease stop her (where possible). She, and Augustus want to live life- and really do try. Even if it is in his basement bedroom discussing their favourite books - they have a life and they will lead it.
The Fault in Our Stars may be thought of as teen fiction, but really I think it is suitable for adults - mainly because I think John Green doesn't feel patronising, and treats his readers as adults. It touches on themes of depression and sexuality, but also on feelings of happiness. There is some mild swearing, but very infrequently towards the end of the book. It is a fantastic story, and is even though-provoking and I have now bought myself a copy so I can read it again and again. I'd just say be prepared that it's not always a happy book!
The Fault In Our Stars is a brilliant book written by the brilliant John Green. It is excellently worded and an awesome read. I enjoyed reading it so much. It covers every emotion you could ever feel. I smiled, frowned, laugh, cried. It puts you through all the feelings a book could possibly create. At the same time as it being very serious, Green manages to create a very romantic side to cancer. Books about cancer and other serious diseases are often extremely controversial but this book is perfect. Just right. I love it so much and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romantic novels. The main characters are wonderfully thought out and realistic. The love between them isn't over the top but very very very romantic. Nearly everyone I know who has read this book cried, including me. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.
I first heard about this book on twitter and tumblr, a couple of people were talking about it. Then I couldn't get away from it, it was everywhere I turned, and I also heard that the author is a youtuber as well.
So I decided to order it as every one was saying such good things about it.
When the book came I was super excited and I ended up reading it in 2 days, I just couldn't put it down, it is an absolute brilliant book, but it isn't for the ones that cry easily, it is a very emotional book, but I really would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a book to read in their spare time, I'd also recommend any other books that John Green has written as he is a really amazing author and also seems like a lovely person.
5* book, definitely buy it.
~I'm not a Young Adult~
I don't normally read young adult fiction but I recently read a review of John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' (thanks Linzeeloulabelle) and knew I had to get a copy. I wasn't especially interested in yet another tale of young love (even young love with 'a difference') but my attention was caught by the protagonist of the story having thyroid cancer. Since I and a whole bunch of my online and real life buddies have or have had thyroid cancer, and since there are precisely absolutely no fictional books out there about this particular type of cancer, I spent £3.99 of my Amazon credit balance to get a copy.
Hazel is sixteen, bright, funny, and in her own slightly puffy (due to the medication) way, quite a cutie. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of thirteen, the doctors didn't give her much hope of a long and/or happy life. Not surprisingly she's feeling blue and her mother (a superb character of whom I became rather fond whilst reading) tells her she has to go to a support group for kids with cancer. This really shouldn't be a situation that's set up for comedic brilliance but it's often very funny in that "Oops, we're all about to die" sort of way that focuses the mind on finding the humour in everything you can. The group leader has a way of banging on about losing his testicles and finding his inspiration for life and the kids, in different stages of their treatment and decline, do their best to put up a good show and give each other what passes for support. Hazel goes to Cancer Kid Support Group because her mum wants her to but one day she discovers there could be an upside to the support group in the form of Augustus, the one-legged hottie who lost his leg (and his ambitions of sporting stardom) but gained a fantastic positive outlook on life. Hazel and Augustus soon become great friends with plenty of potential for romance and maybe more.
This could just be a classic teen awakening, blossoming first-love novel but the situation that Hazel and Augustus find themselves in intensifies their friendship. Their shared cancer experience means each can understand the other in a way that friends outside the cancer 'circle' can never quite match but also introduces barriers to intimacy. Can you love when you expect to lose (or be lost)? Can you give yourself emotionally freely if you know that you don't have a long time together?
~In search of answers~
When Augustus introduces Hazel to his favourite series of books, she returns the favour by getting him to read her favourite, an abruptly not quite finished novel about a girl who (presumably) dies of cancer. Hazel has been writing to the book's author for years, begging for an insight into the 'what happens next' of the characters. She accepts that the main character must surely have died but she NEEDS to know what happens to those she left behind. Did the girl's mother marry the dodgy Dutch tulip man, was tulip man for real, how did things work out when she was no longer around? I guess this taps into our natural curiosity to want to know what would happen to our friends and family if we were no longer with them. Together Augustus and Hazel pursue their shared need to uncover the author's unwritten story.
I was surprised how hooked I got on Hazel and Augustus and their story. As young love stories go, it had plenty of humour and authenticity and I could almost forget that the book was about disease and death because every page vibrated with two young people squeezing life until the pips squeaked. There were good times and inevitably bad times and I can understand why a lot of reviewers seem to have rated this as a book that needs to be sold with a multi-pack of Kleenex. Did I cry? No not really, I certainly didn't sob inconsolably but that's probably because I've read so many non-fiction cancerographies that fiction can't release the well of emotions the way the 'real thing' so easily does. These people aren't real - I don't cry for them the way I do when reading non-fiction. I can imagine for its target young audience, this probably reduces them to blubbing wrecks many times over, especially since death in such a genre is not normally something that happens through disease or to such young people.
I really liked Hazel's pluck and her drive to just get on with things. Every few pages she's grabbing her oxygen bottle in one hand and her car keys in the other (there'd be no story without Americans getting their driving licenses so young) and buzzing around to see her friends. I enjoyed her down to earth coping habits and her openness about her condition. She's funny, sharp and ever so hot at grammar which makes her a star in oh so many ways. Augustus is everything you need in a young boyfriend hero - caring, considerate, generous and of course, hot even if he's missing a leg.
~So why isn't this a five star rating from me?~
Everything I've said so far would lead you to think this book is going to get a whopping four or five star rating from me, just as it seems to do from everyone else who's ever read it. It seems, from what I can gather on the internet, that this book has an almost cult following. So why am I being picky and giving it two and a half (go on be generous, let's call it three) stars? The answer is simple and it's because John Green picked the wrong cancer, then failed to do his homework about the one he picked. And since kids/young adults read and believe what they read (and probably don't bother with the afterword where he acknowledges that 'The disease and its treatment are treated fictitiously in this novel' I think the author has been irresponsible.
My attitude when I finished the book was very negative. The author says the cancer was treated fictitiously whereas I would have said he just made the whole thing up. He states that the drug Hazel takes is made up - but he doesn't mention that practically everything else about her illness is also extraordinarily unlikely. Statistically a 16 year old with Stage IV thyroid cancer which has metastasised to her lungs is not going to die in a year or two - she's got a near 100% chance of living 5 years and 90% plus for 20 years. Believe me, I checked the stats. I have a very good friend who is 55, has Stage IV thyroid cancer with lung mets and I fully expect her to live to a ripe old age. I certainly don't expect my friend to be carrying an oxygen cylinder around with her 24/7 and getting fluid drained off her lungs to stop her drowning.
~But then again, maybe I'm wrong~
My belief based on two and a half years of hanging about online with people with thyroid cancer was that metastatic lung cancer as a secondary to thyroid cancer just does not do the things that the author describes and I was really annoyed. But then I re-read the afterword and found out that whilst it's fiction, the story was inspired by the life of a girl called Esther Grace Earl who died at 16, four years after she was diagnosed with the condition that our fictional heroine has been given. I was really very shocked because this really isn't supposed to happen. Google Esther Grace Earl and you'll soon learn she was a remarkable young woman. I had near total faith that this disease couldn't kill a teenager and I would prefer not to have had that belief challenged by this book. I need to believe some of these things.
Despite the story of Esther Grace Earl, the fact remains that there's something very unfair about pitching a rare cancer such as thyroid to a young audience and even more unfair about giving your heroine such a rare set of symptoms. The thyroid cancer that fictional Hazel has and which killed poor Grace is vanishingly rare but by making it the focus of a book like this, their poor outcomes risk becoming the expected norm. Nobody's going to read a book about a 16 year old girl who had cancer and is now doing fabulously well and barely misses what she lost. Nobody's going to read that because it's not an exciting story and it won't get written. What impact does this have on a youngster who's got thyroid cancer? I think you can work that out.
I have a thyroid cancer friend whose daughter was diagnosed at the age of 7 years. Luckily that's too young to risk that her school friends have read a book like this but what I hate to think of is teen-aged girls getting told they have thyroid cancer and fearing that what happens to Hazel will happen to them. They are about as likely to get hit by a meteorite as to suffer Esther/Hazel's prognosis. Equally I fear them finding that all their friends and school mates assume doom and gloom is going to happen because they read 'The Fault in Our Stars' and they think it was real. If John Green wanted a fictional cancer, I wish he'd made up a fictional organ and given it a fictional stage four cancer.
I can fully understand that John Green probably thought it wouldn't matter if he 'borrowed' a rare cancer like thyroid cancer to make it the star of his book but I think he has a responsibility to his readers. Fair enough, 99% of readers will have forgotten before they even finish the book what type of cancer Hazel had - just like I can't remember the one her boyfriend had but I'm sure anyone young who has that is feeling just as bad as I predict young thyroid cancer patients will. Most of those people will probably never meet another person who has either cancer. Let's be honest, the same percentage wouldn't be able to identify the thyroid on a map of the human body. Those 99% will give this four or five stars because it's a cracking good story but I cannot because I cannot accept that he doesn't seem to have given any thought to the feelings of people who get diagnosed with this very treatable disease which has been horribly exaggerated for dramatic effect.
~A final thought~
Less than a week after I read The Fault in Our Stars, I 'met' Jordan through the Macmillan thyroid cancer forum. Jordan is 20 years old, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 6 years ago and has lung metastases and she's absolutely fantastic. She's had five or six cycles of radiation treatment and her lung tumours are growing again. She's the most positive, balanced and inspiring person I've come across in thyroid cancer world and I admire her enormously. Had I not read this book, I'd just be thinking how lucky I am to have had the chance to get to know such an amazing young woman but instead I have at the back of my mind the constant fear that Hazel's future and Jordan's may be similar. Even I - with all my statistics and confidence in the medical profession - have doubts planted in my mind as a result of this book.
I haven't mentioned the book to Jordan because I really don't dare. I didn't want to know that this could kill her and I sure as hell don't intend to put a book in her path that will introduce that doubt in her mind. She's been told if the lungs get much worse she'll have to use an oxygen cylinder, but she's still planning on going to university, wants to train as a therapist to help other people and is full of life and ambition. Before I got to know her, my fears of what this book could mean to a young woman with thyroid cancer were hypothetical (but based on good realistic guesswork) but now I have a real person to think about and I don't want her friends to read this book and assume she's on borrowed time and I certainly wouldn't want her to read it herself.
I'm sure that author's intentions were honourable and the book was intended as a tribute to a remarkable young woman but I do fear for those other young women whose only exposure to thyroid cancer will be reading about someone with a really extreme case of the disease and who will think that 'normal' is what they've just read.
John Green is an amazing author, all of his books appeal to a certain demographic of people- young adults. Young adulthood is that stage in life where your unsure of who you are and mister John Green does everything he can in order to make you think, reconsider and argue everything you think about the world. In this book you meet a young girl with cancer- a boy with one leg- you're whisked off to the city of sin or as it's also known Amsterdam- you learn to understand loss, and how life goes on even when it stops for other people. John Green not only uses the most beautiful words, inspires many, but John Green makes you feel a whirlwind of emotions- happiness, sadness, anger, shock and even hopefulness- within a space of a few minutes. John Green is a truly talented writer and I would recommend every young person- actually every person- young or old- to read this book.
So if I was to sum up The Fault In Our Stars by John Green in one word that describes the story, it would have to be 'cancer' then you'd see me arguing my point to let me ramble on about it for half an hour, because, TFIOS (I will refer to the book as TFIOS as opposed to The Fault In Our Stars from here on) even through all the tears, and happiness and that sit-in-the-corner-and-debate-my-entire-existence feeling, John Green, as with his other book I've read (Looking For Alaska) exceeds every boundary you wouldn't expect to be pushed.
So the book, essentially, is narrated by the main character Hazel, or 'Hazel Grace' by Augustus, who for the sake of spoilers, you'll have to read the book to find out about him, but Hazel was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at the age of 13, when she was 14, doctors managed to shrink the tumours in her lungs, Miss Grace is now kept alive by a 'Miracle Drug' and breathing apparatus wherever she goes, she has an indefinite amount of life yet, which adds to the edge-of-seat-feel this book gives you, she begins to attend a child cancer support group, from here on the chain of events are both unexpected and beautiful.
John Green books always seem to grasp me with how relate able they seem to be, even down to the way Hazel and Augustus obsess over Hazels favourite book 'An Imperial Infliction' (Which sounds amazing but after 2 hours of searching online, I came to the conclusion it doesn't exist) reminds me of the the way I obsess over this book.
In conclusion The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is the perfect book, written by the perfect author, no matter who you are, you will find a way to get hooked to this book from cover to cover, the entire thing is bursting with emotion, philosophy (I'll leave you with some of that at the end) and perfection, this is definitely a book you won't want to end (you'll know what I mean when you get there, trust me) and is very thought-provoking, words can't fully describe how good this book is, all I can say is READ IT NOW as the choice will not be regretted.
As for the philosophy I'll leave at the end, I'll place it below, but a warning, although this doesn't ruin any of the story whatsoever, you may want to leave it till the book, it's your choice entirely:
"There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." - John Green
About the book
The Fault in Our Stars is a stand-alone young adult novel by John Green. It was published by Penguin on 3rd January and the book is 336 pages long.
At age thirteen, Hazel was diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer with the expectation of only living until she was 14. However, due to a medical miracle and experimental drugs, the tumours in her lungs shrunk even if it isn't permanent. Two years later and Hazel is still living, forced by her parents to attend a support group for kids with cancer. Even though she hates the meetings, this is where she meets Augustus Waters. Hazel believes she will always be sick and miserable but Augustus brings fun and joy back into Hazel's life, even love too. Their relationship makes Hazel re-evaluate her life and how being sick defines her and those around her.
What I thought
I had been putting this book off for a while due to knowing the nature of the plot. I have to be in the mood for something like this but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
Protagonist of the story, Hazel, is a teenager with cancer. This is always going to be a tough subject to read about but John Green writes it so damn well. Hazel is far from the down and miserable character you would expect her to be. Instead, she is really witty and extremely intelligent. Even though she has cancer, she attends college classes a couple of days a week. Although she is really down (naturally) about the state of her life, she never comes across as depressing. I loved Hazel's natural wit, her ability to say exactly what she is feeling or thinking and I loved the humour in her voice.
When Augustus comes into Hazel's life, everything changes for them both. He too has survived some pretty horrible things for a guy so young but he doesn't let it stop him. From the very beginning, Gus was extremely funny and a loveable and likeable character. He forces Hazel to re-evaluate everything she thinks she knows about life and cancer and really, gives her a real second chance. The pair together are wonderful to read about as the banter between them was fantastic.
The Fault in Our Stars is not exactly a book about a cancer. While characters in the book do have cancer, it is more a coming of age story. We see both Hazel and Augustus develop so much through their relationship and each of them become better and stronger people. What I wasn't expecting from this book was the sense of adventure and the need to do something so badly. I really enjoyed watching Hazel and Augustus jet off in order to find the answers they thought they needed and this also gave them a chance to spend some real time together and have some fun.
This is strange book to be able to talk about in regards to emotions. While I was expecting to cry, which I did, I did not expect to laugh out loud so much. John Green throws in some fantastic humour, and sometimes right in the middle of a situation which shouldn't be funny at all. At times when I thought I should be feeling really sad about what was happening I found myself giggling and laughing quite a lot. Green has a way of taking a really bad situation and making it light-hearted while still showing the importance of what is going on. This book is a whole rollercoaster of emotions but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I absolutely adored what this book made me feel and it really opened my eyes about certain things.
Although this has been my first John Green book, I am drying to read his others now. Completely loved this!