by John Green
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (January 10, 2012)
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.
John Green has created something of a masterpiece with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I seriously cannot rave more about this amazing novel than I already have to anyone that has a flippin' pulse, so for all those zombies out there with an internet connection, this if for you.
Let me just start off with letting you know that I am a cancer survivor. Yes, years a go the big C had it's grip on me and for almost a year I did not know how the story of my life would play out. It was a very dark time and there were moments that completely enveloped me in sorrow and pain, but time passes and what I felt before is but a mere memory. Is it a Survival instinct? or having a major Cleopatra complex (Queen of Denial) I do not know, but what I do know is that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS brought forth alot of feelings long denied and forgotten. I cried buckets while reading this book but I also laughed so much that it hurt and with that I will always be grateful for this wonderful novel of putting everything in perspective.
What can you say about a story that involves teens dealing with cancer? Besides the fact that it is not fair, it sucks and it is just plain wrong. I could go on an on with unacceptable nature of how a young life should never be cut short but that's not what this book is about. What matters and what is true about John Green's current literary gem is the non-flinching look at making the most of your life despite that fact that your infinite days are definitely numbered.
Hazel is a teen living with terminal cancer and living on borrowed time due to a miraculous new drug. It is a lot to shoulder especially when you cannot live like a normal teen and go to school, attend sleep overs or even go shopping without your constant companion of an oxygen tank. Hazel's loving and protective mother thinks it's best to enroll her in a support group for teens and one day Hazel's life is completely and irrevocably changed when she meets Augustus Waters: dashing, devil may care, cancer survivor extraordinaire.
Through their interactions and quick witted exchanges it is clear that something special is developing between them. I could not seem to get enough of their endearing conversations and would always be left a little teary-eyed either through laughter or a particularly heart squeezing moment. Leave it to Mr. Green's genius in creating an author and oh so pivotal novel within this story that enveloped those two characters in a unique plot twist that was sheer brilliance.
It is not to say that the story itself is simply made of awesome sauce but John Green has an amazing knack of creating characters that are beyond memorable, you actually care for them, want to be their friends and have them in your life. It is just that simple. And you can't argue that his dialogue is the stuff that dreams of made of. Gosh I wish I could just root around his brain and pluck out a few words that would make me seem a better reviewer, but that might impair Mr. Green so will cast that notion aside and just say that I love this novel to bits and think everyone adult, teen and zombie alike needs to read it.