The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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Author: John Green

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors 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.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

This is the first book I’ve ever read about John Green. I have seen his quotes and watched his videos and seen this exquisite fanbase and told myself, “hey, I gotta see what the fuss is about.” which was my akin to Harry Potter when, even in the beginning of its days, was something everyone seemed to love.While John Green is no JK Rowling (and how could he be, no one is a JK Rowling), he is an amazing author of his own.

Meet Hazel. She’s a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at the age of 13, she was prepared to die. A year later at age 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs, and she survived. Not to say she’s cured, far from it even, but it prolonged her life.

Now at age sixteen, Hazel is still breathing, tethered to an oxygen tank and entirely sick of how her life is being lead, never knowing how much time she has and how she is, to quote, “I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to 160 over 488 blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”

Until one day at Cancer Support Group, she meets Augustus Waters. They hit it off. They try to make the best of the days they have left. They fall in love. But all good things come to an end. Let me just say this.

Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you, I believe that. And for Hazel, it was Augustus.

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