Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours 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 tumours 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. – Goodreads
I’m going to keep this one short because, well, I find it difficult to talk about about books that make me feel so much. The Fault in Our Stars is only the second ever John Green book that I’ve read, but this is the one that finally made me get IT: all the love and adoration that so many readers feel for his books. I read Looking for Alaska about two years ago and, while I liked it to an extent, I wasn’t absolutely in love with it. It’s not a book I can gush over, or that I recommend to friends, and I think I expected too much based on the glowing praise it received. It wasn’t the book for me, which is fine– books can’t be the same thing for everyone — but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little let down. This book however…gah. It’s one that makes me feel a rollercoaster of emotions just by thinking about it.
This is a book involving cancer and, yes, there were some expected moments of sadness, grief, and heartbreak. But there was also elation. Acceptance. It was vibrant and full of personality. There were moments of hilarity that made me clutch my stomach from laughing so hard. It allowed me to fall in love right along with Hazel and Augustus and it was such a wonderful and magnificent feeling. I grew to care for them both, as well as their family and friends, so much that I hated having to say goodbye once I finished the book.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that reading The Fault in Our Stars was a very overwhelming experience for me. My heart swelled, and my heart broke, but I mostly felt full from the amazing journey I got to go on with Augustus and Hazel. Thank you, John Green.
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