Title: The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green
Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction, YA Contemporary Romance
Published by Dutton Books
Page count: 336
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles Nook HD+)
Rating: 5/5 – this book was so good it hurt!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #14
Notables: #1 on Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2013 Readers Choice List and Association For Library Service to Children 2013 Odyssey Award Audiobook
Sixteen year old Hazel Grace was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was thirteen years old. After having been at the brink of death and miraculously surviving, her life has settled into a routine consisting of attending community college classes, rereading her favorite book over and over, and being forced to attend a support group for cancer patients.
At one of the support group meetings Hazel attends she meets Augustus Waters – a really cute, really funny guy who is about to turn Hazel’s world upside down. The two become inseparable, bonding over books, video games and a shared experience with cancer as Augustus is a cancer survivor. Hazel battles with her feelings and tries to keep Augustus at bay, knowing that one day soon she may leave this world. When the two of them, along with Hazel’s mother take a trip to Amsterdam to meet the author of Hazel’s favorite book, Augustus reveals a secret that breaks Hazel’s (and our) hearts.
Sometimes we encounter books that leave us speechless and that literally take our breath away. The Fault in Our Stars was one of these books for me. I don’t think I did much justice to the story in my summary above but I really think that this is just one of those books that you NEED to pick up and read for yourself. Not only is this story beautifully written it is at the same time warm, heartbreaking, and funny. The best writers/books can make us feel what seems like a million emotions in one sitting. Although this is my first John Green novel, I can already tell just by this one book that he is definitely one of these writers who can effortlessly do just that.
WHEN you do pick this book up be prepared for the water works. This one is definitely an emotional read, I found myself crying, I found my heart racing, and I found myself laughing. I turned to my husband no less than ten times during my read of this book and told him, “I can’t even handle this!”, he would then turn to me and ask, “Why do you do this to yourself?” and my answer was always, “Because it’s so good!” As heartbreaking as it was at times, this book was just full of these absolutely beautiful moments. The book is mostly about Hazel and Augustus but I really loved the beautiful moments captured between Hazel and her parents; Hazel and Isaac; and just Hazel and her thoughts (since we get the story from Hazel’s perspective). I read this as an ebook and I highlighted that ebook all over the place. There are so many beautiful quotes that inspire and make you think. This is one of those books that you can reread and catch little things that you will appreciate more and more. Be prepared, this is a book you will NOT put down. I read this in a day. Had I not had to work today I probably would have read this in a few hours as I could not even bear to part with it.
I have heard so many things about not only John Green’s writing but also about this book. I’ve gotten so many recommendations that I should read this and I was definitely not disappointed and you won’t be either! This one is a must read!
Since I heart this book so much I must leave you with some pretty awesome quotes from it that I couldn’t not mention to someone! There were a ton more that I highlighted but I just wanted to place a few in here to show you how monumental this is!
“Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book…”
“It is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, ‘The Fault in, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves,’ Easy enough to say when you’re a Roman nobleman (or Shakespeare!), but there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars…”
“You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are…”
“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.’
” ‘Do you know,’ he asked in a delicious accent, ‘what Dom Perignon said after inventing Champagne?’ ‘No?’ I said. ‘He called out to his fellow monks, ‘ Come quickly: I am tasting the stars.’ “