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Book Review | The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Monday, 4 February 2013



★★★★½

Summary:
“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”


Review:
I’ll start this review off by saying that I wasn’t actually planning on reading this book until my best friend read it and absolutely loved it. I’d read the blurb of it a few times but was put off by the fact that it was a book about someone suffering from cancer, not in a horrible way! I just normally find ‘cancer books’ extremely sappy and wishy washy, which is coincidentally similar to why the main protagonist of this story dislikes cancer books herself! But I can’t express how glad I am that I picked up this book.

I’m sure everyone’s either read this or Looking For Alaska by now (yes my url/usernames are from the main character in it!) or at least heard of them but if you haven’t then I definitely recommend reading them. I’m not going to give away much about the story because I want it to be a surprise for anyone who reads it, but it basically follows Hazel and her journeys with cancer and Augustus Waters, and how they all entwine.

Although I was initially skeptical about reading it, I went in to it with an open mind and I’m so glad I finally decided to read it. I thought it was beautifully written, more so than Looking For Alaska was. In my opinion the characters are far more likeable and I felt myself falling in to this book in a way that I didn’t with Looking For Alaska. They’re so full of life and have so much personality that I think they’re one of the main reasons why I loved it so much. You find yourself laughing along with small comments that they make to each other, just as you would if you knew them in real life. 

Overall I’ve fallen completely in love with this book. It doesn’t focus on the cancer theme in an over the top way, it becomes more of a love story in a world where everything is conspiring against the two protagonists but they fight back as hard as they can. It’s already become one of my favourites and one that I know I read over and over in the years to come. Even if you don’t think it would be something that you’re interested in I’d definitely advise giving it a go like I did, you may be surprised!

Favourite Quotes: 
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” 
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”  
 “Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 
“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”  
“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”




3 comments:

  1. I absolutely fell in love with this books (after being apprehensive at first). I'll admit I shed a few tears. Lovely review! :)

    Elle xxx
    http://ellelouisee.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Hi lovely,

    You're like my long lost twin lol BOOKS, GAMES? omg! Me all over =) I'm a huge fan of John Green. Have you read finding Alaska? If not, I recommend it!

    I really like your blog and I'm following you on GFC now.
    Would really love it if you checked out my blog too! xx

    http://beautytricks1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I keep seeing people reading this book and it has one of those covers I'm just really drawn to but haven't managed to catch the title. Sounds like my kind of thing tbh cos I like heartwarming kind of books but got a bit bored of the same old love stories, will give it a go! :)
    http://fashionsings.blogspot.co.uk/

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