Friday, October 18, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

I'm going to tell you right now that I love this book so much, I save it for when I need it. I save it for those moments where life gets a bit too overwhelming and I desperately thrust my conscience into this little world where even though it makes me cry about every other chapter, I will gladly cry every single time.

It's a love story.

I'm going to clarify, it's not centered on being a romance, it's a story centered on love. It shows the different ways that different kinds of love shape relationships, and what that love can mean in the end.

It's intense.

...yeah, romance does happen in it, but to me, that was not the point of the story.

I also recommend not reading it in public areas where it might be disturbing to cry.

Or at work where your coworker might glance over to ask for a pen to see silent tears running down your face so much that you only blink in the hopes of catching a few more words between the tears.


Anyways, an amazon summary, "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. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

Disclaimer: I totally edited that summary so a lot of the commentary by other people was removed. I don't think it entirely helped with the summarizing of the book, but feel free to check out that AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE.

Another disclaimer: I don't know what level of interactions that you might have had with this book, but I'm going to assume that you've had none outside of this blog post. So haha? Get an introduction to the book?


I'm only going to talk about the book a little bit because I think with this, saying too much could heighten expectations and you should really go into the book with a curiosity about it. You should also be prepared to be a bit sad, but in a good way? It's complicated.

The book begins with Hazel and her mother's motivation to get her out of the house and actively participating in life again in some way. She suspects Hazel's depressed.

When you have lung cancer, I imagine things could get pretty depressing.

Anyways, so Hazel goes to a support group for cancer patients/survivors etc where Hazel's mother hopes that Hazel will make friends.

Hazel does as she makes friends with Augustus and Isaac. They all have their own cancer and sometimes miracle story.

But that's really a side note, the book spends most of it's time showing how their lives take shape and how the cancer gets in the way sometimes.

Anyways, so the story progresses as we see parts of Hazel's life and parts of Augustus' life while the humor is peppered through.

There is a moment where Hazel thinks this, "(I didn't tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die,)" John Green, page 24, The Fault in Our Stars. That's the kind of humor that kept me chuckling as I read through the book.

It was just great.

I don't know what else to say. I think I get tongue tied when I talk about books I love because my brain keeps shouting, "YOU LOVED THIS BOOK" and I want to explain why but then it just keeps spitting "LOVEEEEEE" at me.

So this is what happens.

I loved it.

At no point in time could I put it down or rage sleep on it. I just loved the book.

That is all.


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