Book: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher and Publication Date: 1/10/12
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction
My Review in a Nutshell:
Oh, John Green, you philosophical, tear inducing, romantical writer- you lived up to the hype. I can’t think of one negative thing to say about this book, what I can say is that no matter who you are or what genre you like to read, you will enjoy it.
What’s It All About?
The Fault in Our Stars is narrated by Hazel, a sixteen year old girl who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her life has become monotonous as she spends her time reading, doing school work, and going to doctor’s appointments. But everything changes when she attends a support group for children with cancer. There, she meets the one and only dream boat, Augustus Waters. Per Augustus’s spontaneous ways, her life is no longer monotonous, but an adventure.
How on earth John Green took something as depressing as cancer and made it funny, I will never know. The Fault in Our Stars is laced with morbid dry humor that could make the most Negative Nancy chuckle. I never felt as though I was reading about a sixteen year old girl, but rather a wise woman who is making the best of the cards she has been dealt. Her strength as well as her humor is admirable, and we can all learn a thing or two about the true meaning of life from her. The same goes for Augustus Waters, as well as his wits and philosophical charm, he’s totally swoon worthy. Their romance is poetically written, a whirlwind like no other. I wish I could relive their adventures for the first time, over and over again.
I believe one day The Fault in Our Stars will be considered a classic of sorts. It is a tragically beautiful tale of conquering fears, living life to the fullest, and above all else, love. Oh, and a warning for anyone with a heart, grab some tissues and be prepared to ‘ugly cry’ all over the pages.
My Favorite Quotes:
“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.”
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”