Friday, July 12, 2013

Julie's Reviews: The Fault in Our Stars

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.~powells.com

 Review: The Fault in Our Stars  is a wonderful book that happens to feature teenage kids. What's different about these kids is that they either are battling cancer or have battled cancer at some point in their lives. It is not so much about dying is about choosing to live your life while you have it.

Hazel is a teen who is suffering from cancer but right now it's her lungs that are giving her the problem. She can't breathe on her own very well so she is connected to an oxygen tank. For her this is normal and she is just going through life until Augustus Waters walks into it. Then she starts living her life. She realizes that perhaps waiting to die isn't the best use of her time. Augustus is just what Hazel needs to live the normal teenager life that her parents have wanted for her. She and Augustus slowly connect on a cerebral level until the physical attraction can no longer be denied.

Hazel and Augustus aren't like teenagers I know. Well, I don't hang out with a lot of teenagers either though. While the book might be for young adults, I feel like a lot of it is aimed at adults as well. This isn't an easy book to read because you know it will be filled with sadness at some point. What I didn't expect was the wit that was contained in it. John Green definitely knows how to make you chuckle.

As someone who doesn't read a lot of contemporary young adult novels, I can definitely recommend this one. The Fault in Our Stars might feature teens but we call can learn from it no matter our age.

Final Take: 5/5



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