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Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Unlike some stories, The Fault In Our Stars is a book that gently tugs at your heart until it falls apart. You don't notice the pain it is causing you until the end of the story that so many people love. Including me;). I definitely recommend this book to anyone above the age of 11, unless they are an advanced letter(like myself). It is a book that, at times can be hard to grasp. Hence, the need to be a little older to read this book. All in all, I love this book soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!
Everyone gave so much hype about this book. They talked about how sad, amazing, spectacular, and beautifully written this was. I honestly thought it was just another teen romance that everyone was obsessed with. I admit, it was very sad and heartwarming, but it was just like any other teen romance novel. Some, if not all, parts of this book were predictable, but all of the book was cheesy and hard to read because it was boring. I struggled to finish the book, but after I did, I moved on, and I suggest that the rest of you should too.
Yes, it's sad. But so is life, at times. What's nice about this book is that even though these characters are going through terrible tragedies, they don't give up. They don't just mope around. They see the good things in life, and LIVE the moments they have left. Great characaters, and great message.
The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books. It captures how life really is: unfair, as it is not a "wish-granting factory", in a most intriguing, funny, and heartbreaking way. There are so many electric bursts of humor as there are bursts of agonizing sadness. This book has amazing quotes in it, and the writing is phenomenal. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. It was funny, sad, thoughtful. The focus is on the struggle of the kids and what they are trying to deal with and adapt to. The family is there, but the perspective is the kids. I think it was a unique and thoughtful book that made me think of how I would talk with someone struggling with a potentially terminal illness.
I actually had decided to pass on this book for the time being, as I knew that one was supposed to read it with a box of tissues handy, and didn't feel like now was the moment in life when I wanted to go there. But my last-two-weeks-of-fifth-grade son had two friends recommend it to him, and his teacher said that if he wanted to read it, he needed parent approval, so here I went anyway.
(The end result is that this particular kid is mature enough to handle it, as long as he was willing to discuss what he read with me along the way and at the end. I planned to check in on his bookmark every time he put it down so I'd know what he had been reading. Then, when I told him this, I said, "You know it's about two teens with cancer, right?" "Yeah," he said. "And you know it's pretty much a romance, right?" "IT IS?!? Well then never mind. I don't want to read it." Cracks me up, and I knew that would happen.)
But as for the book, it's wonderfully well written. Hazel, who narrates the story, is sardonic and deep, thoughtful and funny, real and insightful. I think *especially* for younger (teen-ish) readers, this is an amazing view into a life different from their own. It's one of those books where you really feel like you are there. You know those studies that say that reading fiction makes people more empathetic? Well, this book makes you believe it. Simply reading it broadens your worldview, if it's not one you already know.
For the right age group (generally older than my 10 year old), an excellent read. And you'll probably want that box of tissues.