Monday, January 20, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - REVIEW

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.

5 Amazing stars!
I don't know what it was about this book, but something kept saying, "Read me! Read Me!" In the New York Times article I write every Sunday (posted by noon or earlier), this book was on it a few weeks in a row. it enticed me! After a while, I 'had' to buy it and read it! So I did, and I am so glad I did! This is one book I will never forget.
First, please consider this - as the description states, I want to warn you this book is about teenagers who are dying of cancer, or had cancer, are receiving treatment for it, or who are recovering from it. If you think you are going to read a book with a 'happily ever after' ending to it, then stop and don't read this book. Hazel says, "But in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is a also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.) Hazel has that right. We all ARE going to die one day, we just don't know how or when.
There is a lot of great story in this book, so if you are able to read this, (and myself with losing three people this year, I had no problem reading this, but the people I lost were much older.) I surely would not miss this book! I think everyone would enjoy reading this book because the story is SO GOOD! I ended up LOVING this book. (Sounds kind of morbid to love a book where teenagers are dying, huh? But I did because of what happened throughout the book.) I LOVED this book!
I think the close friendship these teens formed together was very appealing, especially Hazel and Augustus's. They were always there for each other, as the saying goes, through thick and thin. They could also relate to how the other felt. They knew what the others were going through, too, when it came to their cancers' in their lives, too.
In the beginning, these teenagers (there are other characters you feel for, too) all become friends as their parents push them to go to a cancer support group because they are all having great difficulty with depression due to the side effect of cancer (which is where that quote comes in). I would have to agree with that, as I think I would have some depression from the cancer at any age, especially this age, the teenage years. These kids are literally staring at a death sentence, when they both should have their entire lives laid out in front of them.
Augustus and Hazel both love this one series of books, especially the last book, but the author is not writing anymore series for it. This book is IT. It's over. They are both pretty upset by this and start to contact this author because they have many unanswered questions about it. An entire story develops from this, which is one you'll LOVE! You'll even get to go to Amsterdam in North Holland where the author lives! That was amazing!
This book really pulls at your emotions, strongly. I think I went through an entire BOX of tissue reading this book! I really mean that when I say that, too, but it was not for the people I've personally lost in the past in my life, it was for these characters in this book. They are quite the people!
Do yourself a favor and read this one! The GOOD TIMES will stay with you forever!

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