Release Date: January 10, 2012
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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.
The Fault in Our Stars is an emotional and heart-wrenching novel that will touch your heart in the best possible way.
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”The Fault in Our Stars follows Hazel who has been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13, and was completely prepared to die, but a miracle a year later managed to shirk the tumors in her lungs, letting her live; for the time being. At sixteen, her parents force her into a cancer support where she meets Augustus Waters; an absolutely gorgeous boy with a mind like none other. He and Hazel become close. He makes her look at her illness in a different way. He makes her laugh, and makes her think, and makes her forget that she has an illness. He completes her, and before they know it, they are falling hard for each other and starting an incredible journey.
I can't even express how much I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters within it. At the start, I wasn't really expecting to, but as the pages passed I found myself liking Hazel, and of course I fell in love with Augustus from the moment he jumped into the story. And like everyone else who've read this book, he fast became my favourite character.
Hazel is a simple and down-to-earth character that I could really connect with over the period of the book. I am not suffering from any illness like Hazel, but her certain habits made it hard not to love her. Like watching terrible TV shows, reading and obsessing over books and stories. She's just like any other teenage girl trying to live her life but struggling with the difficulties, but things start to look up when she begins to fancy a boy...
This next paragraph is dedicated to our main guy, Augustus Waters. He is strong and brave and everything a book-obsessed girl could hope for. Green portrays Gus as a boy who is not afraid of death and tries to spend life looking on the brighter side and making any situation humorous. Gus also suffers from cancer and is an amputee. You will love him as soon as you meet him. With his charming smiles, witty humor, and that one cigarette between his lips that he never smokes, you will fall for him like you have never fallen for a character before.
So, how much did this book make me cry? Erm, let's just say once I started, I couldn't stop; even when the story ended... I couldn't stop! The story touched me in such a way that I couldn't forget about it, and I still can't even after a few weeks of reading it. (I had to wait until I was emotionally stable to write a review.) This story was so emotional! But it is also a story of self-discovery. Hazel learns more about what good things life has to offer, and so much more.
The Fault in Our Stars is a gripping and beautifully written contemporary novel that I would recommend to everyone out there. Everyone. You have to read this book at some point before you die, and if you don't... You will die without knowing what an incredible and thought-provoking book is. Dramatic, I know. Okay, read this as soon as possible. Okay.
“Maybe 'okay' will be our 'always.”
If any of you have read this book please leave a comment I would love to discuss the story with you!