Friday, January 3, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis: "Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Series: None
Genre: Contemporary, Funny, YA, Realistic Fiction
Date Finished: January 3rd, 2014
Pages: 313 
Ages: 14-17 (yet I recommend for everyone)
My Rating: 5 stars
My Word: JustGrand -Augustus Waters
My Fave Quote(s): (Included in the pictures and also two quotes I've written down below)


"'He's not that smart,' I said to Julie.
'She's right. It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations.'
'Right, it's primarily his hotness,' I said.
'It can be sort of blinding," he said. '
It actually did blind our friend Isaac," I said.
'Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?' 'You cannot.' 'It is my burden, this beautiful face.'
'Not to mention your body.'
'Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace's breath away,' he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.
'Okay enough,' Gus's dad said, and then out of nowhere, his dad put an arm around me and kissed the side of me head and whispered, 'I thank God for you every day, kid'" (251-252).

"He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. 'I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout in the void, and that oblivion in inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you'" (153).

God, this book was like a roller coaster of emotions. It sorta reminded me of the movie A Walk to Remember and of course I cried a lot in both this book and that movie. This is the second piece of writing that I've encountered of John Green's and I'm seriously deciding whether or not I should throw this book at the wall or just sob uncontrollably right now.

GAHH I can't even put these feelings into words...this book was an amazing twist of humor and sadness and happiness and it put me through a cycle of how strong one's love can be through the toughest of times. This story progressed so amazingly yet tragically and I can't. stop. thinking about it.

Hazel Grace
Amazing. She is truly the confident girl who doesn't care what others think about her. She is smart, loves to read, and can seriously speak her mind. I suppose after being diagnosed with a terminal disease, it is not hard to mature faster than you actually would, and I believe that Hazel is definitely more mature than others her age. I was feeling exactly her feelings towards the end of the story and my heart literally broke because she didn't deserve this. Although she's a fictional character, I can't deny that this has definitely happened to someone before.

She is now one of my many fictional inspirations and I can not believe how strong of a character she is.

Augustus Water
Oh God, the love between him and Hazel literally killed me. I would seriously love an Augustus Waters in my life. He is a funny, yet serious character who wasn't perfect, but was definitely realistic to his situation.

He is always so optimistic and happy, yet Hazel knew he was feeling desperate and horrible near the end of the book. Nonetheless, Hazel still loved him and I didn't necessarily cry at the end because of what happened, but because of how strong they still were and how they still loved each other know matter what. That made me cry.

Also, Issac was totally an awesome addition in the story because he was a funny, good friend to both Hazel and Augustus.

Overall, this book depicts a realistic story of how cancer has affected someone and I, out of many people, know people who have suffered from cancer, but unlike Hazel, I haven't had someone so close to me have cancer nor have I felt what cancer actually feels like (although I've got the gist of it after this book). I'm not as strong as Hazel Grace, and I hope that the ending past the ending of this book was satisfying for her. I feel that this review doesn't do the book justice, but I love this book and it has taught me a valuable lesson on life and how "The fault... is not in our stars / But in ourselves."

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