Reviewed by: The Fictionista

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Published January 10, 2012 by Dutton Books

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. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Have you ever read a book that rips your heart out in the most excruciatingly brutal, yet beautiful way? The kind that reminds you of the fragility of life and the importance of deeply connecting with those you love? If not, then you never read The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. As clichéd as it may sound, this book will change your life. It will fill you up with love and light, sadness and death, and make you laugh out loud at the same time. Mr. Green’s writing is so intelligent, so complex and original, it will take your breath away.

The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel, a 17 year-old girl with terminal cancer. Knowing she doesn’t have long to live, and wanting to make her parents happy, she attends a support group for kids with cancer. There, she meets Augustus Waters, a character like none I’ve ever read before. Augustus is beautiful inside and out and speaks in an authentic yet poetic voice throughout the novel. Augustus knows that life is short, and he wants to go out in a big, dramatic way, and make a heroic impact on the world before he goes. Hazel, however, is content with being an observer of the world, noticing the nuances of behavior and relationships. She believes that loving a select few deeply is more important than loving many far and wide. The conversations between Hazel and Augustus and their friends are sophisticated and witty. You root for them throughout the story, while knowing deep down that they are very sick and miracles are in short supply.

The love story between Augustus and Hazel is luminous. And, although John Greene will rip your heart along the way, he somehow manages to give you the tools you need to recover from the pain. He manages to fill you up enough with hope and faith to make it through this story. Yes, The Fault in Our Stars is sad, at times heart wrenchingly so. But this book is so much more than that – it resonates deeply in your soul and makes you look at the world with a corrected lens, makes you see the importance of loving deeply. This book enables you to look at the surplus of beauty in your life and be grateful for it. Life is short, don’t pass up The Fault in Our Stars.
It’s a book that will stay with you for a very long time.

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