Monday, March 5, 2012
Megan Rambles about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
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.
I am seriously having trouble expressing my love for this book. Because it is just so GOOD. I love all of John Green's books, but this might be the best one yet. I still have a soft spot for Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, but THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING AMAZING.
It may seem like a book about kids with cancer would be extremely depressing, but I spent just as much time laughing out loud as I did crying. Honestly, only John Green could make a book about kids with cancer funny. I laughed hysterically throughout the entire first half of the book, and towards the end, I laughed through my tears. There were plenty of tears!
Okay, so yes I will admit I was sobbing while reading this book, and yet I still LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD. The writing was beautiful, and the characters amazing. Hazel had a really interesting way of looking at everything, and I loved the sarcasm and honesty that she approached her life with. And then there was Augustus Waters. OMG I LOVE HIM. Just everything about his character was amazing, from the way he talked to how adorably sweet he was to Hazel. Not to mention the supporting characters, who made me DIE OF LAUGHTER. Especially Isaac. I love Isaac.
I know I say this a lot, but you seriously need to READ THIS BOOK. It's one of the best books I have ever read, and it's really just BRILLIANT. If you are sitting there saying something along the lines of "I don't want to read it, because I don't want to CRY........." well my response is: JUST DO IT. The book is totally worth every single tear that I shed, and you absolutely will not regret reading it!
Finally, this review would not be complete without a HUGE thank you to Rachel, who let me borrow her copy, even thought it was signed, because I loaned mine out [*coughcough* to a BOY -Rachel]. And also, thank you so, so, SO much for introducing me to Nerdfighteria and demanding that I read every single one of John Green's books RIGHT THIS SECOND. You're awesome.