The fault in our stars
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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.
Even though the book was lighthearted and humorous, John Greene managed to make a haunting future await the Hazel and Augustus during their adventures. The ending was a gorgeous, but horrifying, plot twist, and it managed to bring tears to my eyes.
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Not only does John Green write an incredibly believable account of a young girl's battle with cancer, he also surprisingly does it with humor and lightheartedness. This book made me laugh and cry at the same time.
The plot may not sound original: two teens who have cancer meet, become close, face trials. But once you begin to follow Hazel and Augustus through their typical teenage lives, made increasingly complicated by ever-present struggles with cancer, you won’t be able to stop until you’ve heard all they have to say.
Although this is marketed as a book for teens, The Fault in our Stars is highly recommended for adults as well, as long as you’re prepared for a perspective change. The writing is in all ways smart, clever, and riveting, with an ever-present hint of absolute heartbreak.
Not only is this book very well-written and full of emotion, it is also a great way to see how John Green has grown as a writer since Looking for Alaska was first published. His characters are stronger than ever and Hazel's voice is thoroughly enjoyable. This is definitely the best book I've read all year.
i hated this book. it is terrible.
So far I haven't been able to convince anyone that a book about a teenage girl dying of terminal cancer can actually be really, really funny. Perhaps that doesn't surprise you. As many times as I say to others that it's a celebration of life, that when I was crying I was so happy that I was laughing at the same time, and that I never once felt emotionally manipulated by the author, the characters, or the narrative, it always ends with the same reaction. "I don't want to read about kids dying." How about if I say it's not about the dying, it's about the living. Living and being awesome while you're at it.
I'm not all that surprised to have this overwhelmingly positive response to Green's work, as I've read all of his other books and had similarly contradictory feelings of joy/sadness (is this melancholy?) at various points of those books. Green had worked in at least one hospital for young people earlier in his life, and I think the raw experience shines through honestly in the most powerful dialogue and narrative points of this one. Green's gift for crafting characters that I always care about and feel like friends, combined with the real life experience in the hospital puts The Fault in Our Stars right up there with his best work.
It's still much too early in 2012 to start a best of list...but I don't see myself forgetting this book later in the year when listmaking time comes again.
A lovely little book. John Green's voice is stunning. He writes his characters with such heart and wit, and they are believable. TFIOS is no exception. I want to be friends with the characters he creates.
I cried my heart out during this book. It's a tale of friendship, illness, love, and hope. Be ready!
I had tears in my eyes when I finished. Such an amazing book, this is definitely John's best work so far. DFTBA
This book is written perfectly. It made me laugh and cry. Not many books can do that to me. I didn't want to read this at first because I thought it would be boring; I was wrong. It took me a day to finish this book and I wish it was longer. This book is the best John Green has written so far. DFTBA!
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