The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release date: January 10, 2012
Summary: Hazel is dying. Kind of. A miracle drug has bought her some time, but she’s still resigned to her fate. Hazel’s mother forces her to go to a Support Group, where kids with cancer talk about the feelings and generally have a Not So Good Time. During one of these meetings, a new kid comes to visit. Augustus Waters is determined to befriend the cynical Hazel and is most certainly going to turn her life upside down.
My thoughts: John Green has this way of writing where he is profoundly witty and also able to provoke emotion with a flick of the pen. It’s just not fair. Those subjected to John Green books are doomed to be forever scarred by their beauty (in a good way, of course). The Fault in Our Stars is, arguably, one of John Green’s best. It has such heart, and it’s clear that John has a good understanding of what it means to be a sick kid in today’s world. I’ve experienced the Otherness that Hazel does, and so The Fault in Our Stars struck a personal chord.
Hazel is John’s first female protagonist, and while she keeps the intellect and humor that is the signature of John’s male protagonist, she is a bit more in tune with emotion. She’s someone that would be awesome to be friends with because she can brighten any situation with her words. Augustus is very similar to John’s other characters (smart, funny, fluent in sarcasm), but he’s lovable all the same. The dynamic between the two (Hazel and Augustus) is flawless, and you almost feel a bit intrusive, reading about them; their relationship is so authentic. This only increases the inevitable sadness that hits towards the end of the book because you’ve become so attached to them, both as individuals and as a pair.
The Fault in Our Stars is a story about cancer and about life, and it’s beautiful. This will easily be one of my favorite realistic books of 2012, and I can almost guarantee it will be one of yours. Words cannot describe how great this book is. John Green has done it again! Highly recommended.. Have a nice day!
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