GoodReads Summary: 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.
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So despite the hype that's been surrounding this book I've never really been all that interested in picking it up, because 1) John Greens' books are not really my cup of tea and 2) as silly as it may sound Cancer is a topic that saddens me and I really am a HEA kind of girl. So, what, you ask, caused me to read this despite what I mentioned above? I honestly don't know. I got an email asking if I'd like to review it and for some unexplainable reason I said sure. Anyway, in the end I'm glad I said yes, because although it's not a favorite I actually enjoyed it.
John Green's writing style is incredible. He adds just the right amount of humour to an otherwise serious topic. There were so many quotes I wanted to include in this review, but alas I decided to go with just the one. As for the rest? I want to frame them so I can drown in their beauty and carry them around in my head.
Although Green does not quite capture the voice of a 16 year old girl (she was bit too mature for her age, imo) I liked the mc. Hazel has cancer, but instead of whining and feeling sorry for herself she lives. She is an amazing heroine who is both intelligent and relatable. She has a passion for reading, and I love the role her favourite book An Imperial Affliction plays in the story - her fondness for it made me wish it was real.
The romance between Hazel and Augustus isn't cliched or cheesy, instead it develops at a slow pace and reels you in until you find yourself rooting for them. The interactions between Hazel and Augustus were both witty and intellectual. The banter mixed with philosophical musings was highly entertaining, and at the same time thought provoking. (Although again, the conversations these two had made it seem as if they were older than 16).
The Fault in Ours Stars is a heart-wrenching read with characters that will stick with you long after finishing the book.