TITLE: The Fault In Our Stars
AUTHOR: John Green
GENRE: YA Contemporary/Romance
PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2012 by Puffin
SOURCE: Bought Hardback from Amazon
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.
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.
I read The Fault in Our Stars back in August and have been wanting to write a review of it ever since, the problem was I just wasn’t sure how I was going to write it because, for me, this book is not an easy one to review! I decided I’d just do a mini review and see how it goes!
I read it while on holiday with my family and my mother and father in law. It probably wasn’t the best decision to read it during the holiday since it made me a blubbering mess! Safe to say it’s not what I’d recommend as a beach read! But that being said, WOW, what a powerful book, full of emotion and truth about the BIG C.
Hazel and Augustus were both so matter of fact and accepting of their forms of cancer, both having had a long time to come to terms with it. We have a cancer sufferer in my close family right now and that made some parts of this book really hard to read but there were also so many uplifting moments, even funny moments, too.
I read the majority of my books on my Kindle, as a busy mum of 3 it’s just easier. I got The Fault in Our Stars in hardback though as a treat to myself. The only downside to this was that there were quite a few words that I was unfamiliar with and I didn’t have the benefit of my Kindle dictionary so I struggled with some of them! For teenagers Hazel and Augustus sure know a lot of big words. I guess you could say that since they’ve had a lot of growing up to do since their diagnoses their vocabularies have grown up too!
This is a book that I can definitely recommend but be prepared to shed a tear or two. Go in to it knowing that it’s a story about teenagers suffering with cancer and that that’s not going to make for a light-hearted read. But also be prepared to laugh along with Hazel and Augustus too.
Looking for Alaska, another of John Green’s books, is waiting patiently for me on my bedside drawer and I can’t wait to get around to reading it.