Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

title: The Fault in Our Stars
author: John Green
published: January 10th 2012
publisher: Dutton

synopsis from Goodreads:
"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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 cover:
It is a simple cover, but I think that's what this book needs. It's also a really cool cover for readers to use and put quotes from the book on and share. I have a board on Pinterest devoted to John Green quotes and this cover comes up many times with quotes from the novel.

my opinion:
Amazing. I pre-ordered TFIOS and it sat in my room until I read it last night. Actually, I started reading it last school year, but I couldn't continue because I had too much work to do. I am so glad that I waited until last night. This was exactly the book that I needed to read now, but that's a different blog post.

I laughed out loud, and I cried. It is exactly what you would expect give the synopsis and knowing John Green's works. I very quickly cared about the characters in this book, all of them. John Green has a way of writing that reads effortlessly. I love the way these characters talk to each other. Hazel and Augustus have this amazing back-and-forth that reads so naturally. These two characters have a special place in my heart. I adore them.

I read this in two sittings, and I highly recommend reading it as quickly as possible. I feel like the book itself is a bit of a whirlwind, and reading it in two sittings was what worked best for me. To quote the novel, "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities," and, with this novel, even though I read it in under 24 hours, it felt like I lived the entirety of this novel with them. It was only 24 hours, but it was infinite in the best way possible.

Read this book.

I give it 5 out of 5.

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