Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: January 2012
Personal Rating: 5 Stars
About the Book:
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.
One of the best books I’ve read in a while. This book was recommended to me by a co-worker who normally we don’t share the same reading taste. We’ve passed recommendations back and forth and never do we ever agree on the same book. However, here is one where we both enjoyed it to the max.
The first page is all you need. There is no set up and waiting for the story begin, it’s like riding in a race car and the driver puts the pedal to the metal. Whoa!! And it basically kept that momentum the entire length of the book.
I enjoyed both main characters Augustus and Hazel. I loved their growth through the book, individually and together. They were definitely a match made for each other. I loved the little quirks Augustus had and the way he treated Hazel and others in the support group.
My favorite character in the support group was Isaac. I think my reason for saying this was because of his two major obstacles he faced in the book, as well as everyone thought of him as their little brother.
My least favorite character was Van Houten. Well at least at the beginning of the book. By the end of the book I wasn’t so hard on the man, probably because I understood him better. I think Augustus had figured him out as well.
My largest contemplation in the book was the parents of both Hazel and Augustus. Learning of the ways they were dealing (or not) and how they were helping the patient to deal (or not), was very interesting to me. In the book Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, the parents of Patrick I also found interesting in their handling of their son’s illness and his choices. I could see alot of similarities between the two books, so if you haven’t read either one they are both excellent books!
I highly recommend this book to all readers; young, old, male, female, healthy, ill, etc.. It is just a great book!!