Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Published: January 10th 2012
Synopsis: Despite the tumuor-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.
I loved this book from start to finish, midway through I needed the box of tissues but lets get on to the review, shall we?
I was enamoured with both Hazel and Augustus. Hazel is strong, sarcastic and intelligent. Augustus is charming, vibrant and full of metaphorical wonders. When these two characters come together, it leads to fun, beautiful moments that caused a tickling feeling of butterflies in my stomach and happiness to spread across my mind. I was in love with them; their witty dialogue, their sweet adorableness and the adventures they experienced.
The love I felt for these characters made the looming tragedy hit me so much harder though it wasn’t overdone or dramatic. John Green’s portrayal of struggle, love, bravery, disappointments in life and the breakdown that comes with sickness add more realness to Hazel, Augustus, Isaac and the family. It was intense, emotional and brilliantly written with the occasional humour that made me laugh and cause slight aches in my heart.
I also really enjoyed Isaac. He represented a contrast to both main characters and his friendship with them showed different sides to Hazel and Augustus. He portrayed the life after which a disease has taken away something of our own, something irreplaceable. The actions and interactions of the characters are subtle and so interwoven that it displayed a little piece of personality that provides a dept that I’ve not seen in many young adult novels.
The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing book, the tears were worth it as I was introduced to wonderful, very human, flawed characters and a relationship that I almost envied. Its a book that lingers in your mind after you’ve read it and I definitely recommend that you do. I know I’ll be rereading this.