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 brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
About the Author:
John Green is a New York Times bestselling author who has received numerous awards, including both the Printz Medal and a Printz Honor. John is also the co-creator (with his brother, Hank) of the popular video blog Brotherhood 2.0, which has been watched more than 30 million times by Nerdfighter fans all over the globe. John Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I’ll admit… The Fault In Our Stars is one of the few books I have read after I saw the movie. (Which usually, as a bookworm, is a huge Nope.)
But I watched the movie, and while I won’t go on and on about it since this is a book review-I have to say I liked it. Liked it enough to want to read the book.
So when I got a copy of The Fault In Our Stars, I read it … rather quickly. I read it in less then a week!
Hazel Grace Lancaster is normal in many ways. She reads, has her GED, takes classes at college … but she has cancer that seems to dampen any happiness she receives. Then she meets August. Now cancer-free ‘Gus’ brightens Hazel’s day—and life—as they go on an adventure where they learn to enjoy today—with hope for the future.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Hazel is faced with a reality: Not all things last forever.
I liked this book a lot. It was different, and sad, but happy … however, there was one thing that bothered me all the way through.
Cancer plays a big role in this book–but instead of trying to sprinkle hope into people’s lives, the book was actually kind of degrading. Hazel and her friends seem to think that cancer is a defect that makes their lives not worth as much as others—and they are so false. For me, as a Christian, it was very disappointing. I think, “Is this really how they see themselves?” Because it isn’t how it should be. Each life is just as valuable as the next—cancerous or cancer-free.
There was also a scene (that I think did an okay job of not being too explicit) where Hazel and Gus slept together. I just like to warn you readers. 😉
All in all, I’d give in three out of five stars.
Hope you all have been reading well lately!
Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews
Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.