Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback

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 one of my top three favorite books! (Right after Harry Potter and before Divergent.) (:

I’ve read this book 1.5 times, and it is amazing! (I read it halfway through the second time because it was just SO INCREDIBLY SAD that I could not handle it. But I will reread it again one day!) (=

So TFiOS is about two star-crossed lovers, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who both have to deal with this terrible disease we all know and hate called cancer. Now, if you really don’t know anything about TFiOS, don’t brush this book off as merely, “another cancer book.” It’s incredibly touching, deep, and unique from any other “cancer” book you have read or will ever read, I personally guarantee it! (=

TFiOS is narrated by Hazel, whose dark sense of humor and oddities make her immediately likeable to the reader. Well, that’s an understatement. All the characters in TFiOS, Hazel, Gus, Isaac (Gus and Hazel’s friend), even the parents, are extremely loveable! Gus’ pretentious, grandiose personality is a perfect compliment to Hazel’s sarcastic and witty personality as well. Their conversations in themselves are interesting, and a lot of the times, even eye-opening, although they seem to not make sense half the time. While reading the book, I formed an extreme (maybe a bit excessive) emotional attachment to the characters. O_o

Another reason why I love this book so much, is that John Green was able to expose a side to cancer that most of us (as long as we’re fortunate enough to not have to experience cancer ourselves or through loved ones) don’t get to see. As discussed in the book, when most cancer victims pass away, we always say, “They fought a brave battle against cancer, and never wavered in spirit.” But John Green also revealed the dark side to cancer, when it exposes vulnerability within the family to the cancer patients themselves. Of course those with cancer fight the disease with everything within their power, because what other way would you fight it? Yet it’s nearly impossible to be strong all the time, so I believe John Green balanced the good and bad times that cancer patients must go through well.

Overall, The Fault in Our Stars is an incredible book because it tugs at your heart throughout the story. The characters are so funny and instantly loveable. Even after reading the book, the story itself sticks in your head, causing you to rethink what life in general is about. And to quote from the book,  “Live your best life today.” ❤

OF COURSE THIS BOOK IS FIVE HEARTS!

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Cathy

Cathy Here! (=

Hello!

Well, you’ve met my friend Lacey, and now here I am! (: And it’s late at night that I’m writing this, so please forgive me if this isn’t the best intro ever.

BUT, first things first, being a huge fan of (perhaps the greatest show EVER) Once Upon Time, I would just like to take the time to point out that Belle’s alter ego on the show is named LACEY! And obviously you can see the coincidence. (; Yay, okay, that was completely irrelevant to this blog but I just thought that’d be cool to point out since Belle is known for her love of books. 🙂

So, yes we have decided to create a blog about books and although this may seem like just another book blog amidst the thousands already created, this one is quite special because it’s written by two girls who have an INSANE and some may even say an obsessive love for books! But we are proud of that fact, and don’t care what you think! (;

And Lacey’s reviews are always so dang funny to read because everytime I read them on GoodReads I can practically hear her screaming in rejoice about the latest novel she’s read. AND SHE’S READ OVER 700 BOOKS, compared to my measly 199. GOSH, I haven’t reached 200 yet. :\

ENOUGH ABOUT HER, AND ON TO ME. (=

I’m Catherine, and only some of my friends call me Cathy, but I really don’t care. I dislike the spelling of my name as “Kathryn.” Random, but it just annoys me. I don’t like the y in the middle. I’m weird that way. I’m 16 years old, yet I’ll be 17 in about a month! Mm, I’m an aspiring journalist, and I love anything and everything to do with movies. I love cheesy movies, and I’m such a romantic, which doesn’t bode well for books with sad endings. I’m actually quite ridiculous, because even though I know life isn’t like movies most of the time, I still believe we should all have our “happily ever afters” which explains my excessive FRUSTRATION and ANGER when a book has a terrible ending, or the romance plot in the book doesn’t pan out the way I want it to. I’m actually quite stubborn when it comes to stuff like that, just ask Lacey! She knows quite well how I angry and sad I can be if my favorite characters don’t end up together. I also LOVE the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Another tidbit! Umm.. WHAT ELSE…well currently being in high school and all, right now my favorite kinds of books are ROMANCE. Heheh. And even though I’m okay with ebooks since they come up much sooner and are cheaper, I still prefer the old-fashioned paperbacks/hardbacks because it’s more tangible. (: And those kinds of books are much more personal and unique than ebooks could ever be, I think. (=

OKAY, so my favorite authors…

-J.K. Rowling

-Colleen Hoover

-Ally Carter

-L.M. Montgomery

-Rick Riordan

-Veronica Roth

-Susan Elia McNeal

BEST BOOKS (in this order…mostly)

1) HARRY POTTER  by J.K. Rowling

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth

3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4) Slammed & Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

5) Gallagher Girls & Heist Society by Ally Carter

6) Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

7) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

8) Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

That’s it for my intro, but I just finished Heist Society # 3: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter so I’ll have my review tomorrow!! And hopefully I’ll get Lacey to write her review of the book too since she finished it before me. (=

-Cathy (12:18 A.M. now 4.28.13)