The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
"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."
The Fault in Our Stars is a beautifully written, imagined, and casted novel. (Casted...is that a word? Eh, who cares.)
The story follows sixteen-year-old "Just Hazel" Hazel Grace Lancaster, who was only thirteen when she was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer. But some (imaginary, btw) drug gave Hazel a few more years.
When Hazel's mother declares her "depressed", she's forced into joining a Cancer Kid Support Group. There, she meets the gorgeous, smart and always funny, Augustus Waters. From this day onward, Hazel's (broken record of a) life is completely changed. For the first time, she has a friend. Someone to talk to about the complexities of life and (my favorite!) books.
Okay, summary over. Seriously, you too lazy to read the synopsis that is literally a scroll away? Jeez.
Hazel is a very lovable, funny character. Despite her illness, she has an optimistic outlook on life that's as refreshing and humorous as it is heartbreaking. Her character is beautifully depicted. She isn't so...perfect (is that the word I'm looking for?), she has actual issues aside from being a loner and boyfriendless. She's as real as they come people.
Same goes for Augustus. He's an amazing character. And, like most of Green's characters, is definitely one you want on your side! He's Hazel's perfect counterpart; they're like matching puzzle pieces.
Oh, and don't you dare let me forget Isaac! He is so funny! His dialogue is some of the most hilarious, like, ever.
Many people, I'm sure, hate the ending. (Or, hey, now that I've said something are reconsidering and going, "Thanks, Sierra. I so hate the ending now! You...word that rhymes with itch!) I, being the awesomesause person I so am, loved the ending. It was so bittersweet, you just have to love it! And you want to know why? (Brace yourself. Not a spoiler though. Those suck eggs.) Because "real life" isn't perfect, and I praise John Green for, not only knowing that, but having the guts to write it.
We all know that, too much in YA books, the characters end up with perfect lives, problems solved--the endings so unrealistic, you wish they'd get hit by a bus for karmic payback and whatnot. The Fault in Our Stars defies that, and wraps up with a perfectly beautiful ending, that makes the whole book mean something. I finished it over two hours ago, and am still thinking about it.
Well done. Definitely one for the gold shelf! 4/5 stars
(It's about to get nerdy in here, watch out! Book reference!)