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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.
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.
Just like Hazel wanted to know what happens to Annas family I wanted to know want happens to Hazel. But John Green plays it smart and leaves you to your own devices. I cant wait for John to write another book
this book was sooo good. it is one of my favorite books. i watched the movie before i finished the book, and didnt cry, but after finishing the book: i cryed. this book is heartbreaking and amazing and everything a book should have is produced in this book. i think everyone should read this at somepoint.
Though he is not a teenage girl, author John Green has mastered the funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes painfully awkward dialogue of one, and, in fact, the whole teenage demographic. His characters are recognizable in our classmates and neighbors, and often ourselves; his protective and worrying parents who just want the best for their daughter, the sullen daughter content to spend the rest of her life reading and avoiding human interaction, and the 'cool kid' who sweeps her away and shows her life can be an adventure. However, inspite of the hype, I do not believe that The Fault in Our Stars is his best book. At times it seems to take itself too seriously, and i missing the humor that made me fall in love with John Green in An Abundance of Katherines.
I borrowed this book from my sister about a month ago, but for some reason didn't start it til the other night. I had seen commercials for the movie, it didn't really seem like something I'd be interested in, but once I started it I couldn't put it down. Regardless of the fact that the story itself it moving, the writing is phenomenal and I was engaged from page one. Highly recommended.