Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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.
A brief message: THERE WILL BE NO SPOILERS. So don't be afraid to read this ramble if you have not read the book. I will basically just be talking about how much I enjoyed this book, without actually telling you about what the book is like, about and stuff.
So here we go: I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCH. I thought John Green couldn't possibly get any better than his other books but you guys, HE DID. This book is still super fresh in my mind, so I can't exactly give you an unbiased opinion, but this MIGHT be my favorite book of John's thus far.
First of all, it was written from a sixteen year old girl's point of view. Now, when this is done by a thirty-four year old author, things could potentially go terribly wrong. But John, like, GOT it. Somehow, he made Hazel seem like a real life teenage girl. I was seriously impressed.
Hazel is smart and witty and interesting to read about. Her life doesn't revolve around her cancer. She does not sit around waiting to die. She is pretty much just a normal teenage girl, except she has an oxygen tank and she goes to Cancer Kid Support Group and she already finished high school so she takes college classes.
And then there's Augustus Waters. I won't say too much about him except for this: seventeen year old boys with one leg can be very, VERY attractive.
This book made me feel like no other book has. It made me feel sad and happy and elated and surprised and excited and confused and ALL OF THE FEELINGS. I laughed and I cried and I laughed and cried at the same time. I plan on reading this book again, like, immediately.
The Fault in Our Stars... is pretty much impossible to put into words. It's just amazing in a way that nothing else can be amazing.
Alright then. If you haven't read this book, GO DO IT NOW. I'm serious. *watches you* *waits* I am going to go listen to John read it to me on the audiobook.
Best wishes and DFTBA
P.S. I somehow ended up with three copies of this book, plus the audiobook from DFBTA Records. So now I have a signed copies, and two signed/hanklerfished copies. I AM NOT COMPLAINING.