Hardcover: 318 pages
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Challenge: 2012 Goodreads Challenge, 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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 tumors 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.
Everything about this book for me was just amazingly, beautifully, h.e.a.r.t.b.r.e.a.k.i.n.g!! In The Fault in Our Stars you will not encounter any paranormal creatures, take a journey in a dangerous Dystpoian world, none of this will happen in The Fault in Our Stars. What will happen though, is you will meet Hazel & Augustus. The main character (Hazel) and her friend (Augusts) in this book who are in fact dying. Well, at least Hazel is. Augustus has been cancer free for a while now.
Hazel Grace is such a beautiful narrator. Ever since Hazel was 13 years old she has been trying to live. Or to stay alive. She has terminal cancer, she can hardly breathe, as her lungs hate her and seem to not want to do what normal lungs should do. She is very limited as to what she can do, and it frustrates Hazel. But, she continues to move on, even though sometimes she just doesn't want to. Death just seems like the easier thing to do for her, and her family.
Her mother has quit her job, so that she can be around Hazel at all times, but Hazel feels bad that. She does not want her parents to become so sad, and angry when Hazel dies that they fall apart. Even though Hazel will not be there, she wants them to live.
Augusts Waters makes his appearance in Hazels life & from that moment on, Hazel and Augusts are together, and the story just gets even more amazing.
Augusts has such a kind soul. The way he takes life, the metaphors he gives about life, love, death. All of that really made you as the reader think! How amazing is it to have this character, who has been through so much, been so close to death and have just this awesome way of thinking. Augusts really blew me away. He really touched my heart. Everything about Augusts was just so... inspirational. I thought that he was a great part of The Fault in Our Stars. And I thought that he was a great part of Hazel. The way that he felt about her. The things that he did for her, and in the end kept from her, because he loved her.
Hazel has this wish of one day knowing the ending of this book that she loves so much. A book that she has read many times over and over. One day Augusts fills one of Hazels wishes, and even thought it seems that they will never be able to go, they are both finally well enough to make the trip to Amsterdam, to finally get the answers that Hazel is looking for.
Their trip is a rather emotional one. Love is blossoming, a real connection between them. & then discoveries are made, and things change. Augusts has something that he needs to tell Hazel, that he hasn't been able to until now.
After this you will be on an emotional rollercoaster of happy moments, and moments where you can hardly breathe. I never thought a book would ever make me feel the way that The Fault in Our Stars did. This book did things to my emotions I have never experienced while reading.
John Green really wrote something beautiful, and no words I ever use in this review will amount to the love, and how much I will forever cherish this book, & the way it made me feel.
I recommend that you read this book. Yes, this is a book about cancer, but that is not just the point of the book. A mix of; Friendship, Love, Hope, Faith, Understanding, Heart breaking moments, Death, Life. The journey of finding yourself when you feel the only thing left for you is death even, when you know that in the end that is what will happen... but understanding that while you are alive, you can live and love.
“That's the thing about pain...it demands to be felt.”