Author: John Green
Publication: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Genre: Young Adult
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Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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.
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
So... I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to write a review for this book because, well, it's The Fault in Our Stars and it was beautiful, sad, gorgeous and real. Also my first John Green book and so many people had read it already and I don't usually read this genre — realistic young adult fiction — at all, especially not this topic, but I have to say I was very surprised by how much I ended up loving this book. So I really need to say THANK YOU to my friend Em for gifting it to me.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
Ah, where do I start? I was really impressed by the exquisite and stunning writing of John Green. But it was more than that... it was also the characters and not just the main ones, Hazel and Augustus. Although, of course they played a pretty big part. I just mean that the main characters as well as the secondary characters made this book its perfect whole.
Also I loved Hazel and enjoyed reading in her point of view and how she slowly fell in love with Augustus. It was something special. And Augustus? Well, he was something else. I would lie if I said I didn't fall a little for him too. Such an amazing characters. I also liked his friend Isaac, though I felt real sorry for him most of the time. Also characters worthy to mention would be Hazel's parents. I don't know why but I really liked those people!
“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”
And then there's the story. This beautiful and sad story. It's more than just a cancer story, it's a romance and damn it if I wasn't totally swept away by Hazel and Augustus' love story. But all good things come to an end and yes, I did cry (which I don't usually do with a lot with books) so that says a lot for me and how into this book I was.
“That's the thing about pain," Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. "It demands to be felt”
Funny at times even though a sad but beautiful story, The Fault in Our Stars really did something for me. I loved it, even if it's not my usual genre or topic. The book altogether was something gorgeous. The writing was stunning and the characters each special in their own way. I can't press how much I would recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet. I mean it. Read. It. Now.
“Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”
“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
About The Author:
John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.