The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Diagnosed with Stage IV
thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical
miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
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
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.
"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man,
but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she
My Mind: Hey Erika what's wrong you're crying?
Me: It's this book! I can't stop!
My Mind: It's just a book...
Me: It's not! It's one of the BEST books I've ever read! It deserves a place on my shelf of fame!
My Mind: But you finished hours ago and you're still crying!
Me: What's your point?
My Mind: ...
as you can probably tell this book left me sobbing. I mean tears were
running down my face like I was at the actual funeral for a friend. In a
way I was because even though I read this book in a few short days I
grew to love these characters. This is the first John Green book I've
ever read and I can say that it won't be my last. It was beautifully
written and once I got past the first few pages I could not stop reading
even when I needed to. It was THAT good.
Hazel Grace Lancaster
is barely living after being diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at
13. She was actually supposed to die but by some miracle she survived.
But she has to rely on an oxygen tank in order for her to survive. While
at her Support Group she meets Augustus Waters and this is where her
story really starts to get interesting.
So at about half way
through this book I started sobbing uncontrollably and I don't normally
cry that much over a book but this book really spoke to me. I'm sure
that almost everyone out there has been touched by cancer so many people
can probably relate to at least one part of this book. While I was
crying over this book my mom came over to me and asked what was wrong
and I said that this book ripped my heart out and broke it into a million pieces and then stomped on it.
might be thinking: Why should I read this book if it could make me cry?
Well Hazel's story was beautiful and even though she isn't a real
person it should be heard.
"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
That's how I feel about this book so I hope you go out and read it.
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