Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: January 10th 2012
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
You’re going to read many things about this book, many reviews. But it’s impossible for me not to say a few things about it….
John Green has become one of my favorite authors. I only just discovered (and fell in love with) his books in 2010, so I was really excited about this one.
Everything I love about his writing is present; his sense of humor and his intelligence. I honestly feel smarter after reading his books. He makes me think about things in ways I never considered. It’s one of the reasons I love reading so much. I’m happy I can depend on John Green to deliver.
The Fault in our Stars gives us such an honest and realistic view into the world of people suffering and living with cancer. But in the middle of all that, two teens–star-crossed lovers–showed me just how true love can bring happiness in the face of anything. To cherish the people in our lives while they are in our lives. That life is sometimes not fair; it’s not a wish-granting factory after all.
”As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – pg. 125
I must also mention just how much Augustus Waters stole my heart. Stolen so. completely. Oh, and I can’t stop reading this quote… *happy sigh*
”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 into the void, and that oblivion is 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.” – pg. 153
While I didn’t bawl as some people have, I did shed my share of tears the last third of this book. However, I was not left shattered or left feeling heavy, though it’s not a book to read if you’re looking for happily ever afters. It left me thoughtful and thankful.