Published by Dutton Books on January 10, 2012
Genres: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
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"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
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.
Enjoy my angsty playlist inspired by The Fault in Our Stars!
...”There is always a hamartia.”
This book has literally broken my heart and it was definitely a “privilege” in the words of the ever so eloquent/thought-provoking/unique/utterly charming Augustus Waters. (I just love that name. I will name my future child after Augustus.) It’s rare for me to find a book with such unique, witty and smart teenage characters who live their lives with such self-awareness that it’s a bit scary. If only there were more teenagers like Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace…it would definitely make the world a more interesting place.
… “I liked that he was a tenured professor in the Department of Slightly Crooked Smiles with a dual appointment in the Department of Having a Voice That Made My Skin Feel More Like Skin.”
…”Oh I wouldn’t mind Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
This starry-eyed/teary-eyed book is about two teenagers who have lived with cancer for most of their lives. The narrator of the story Hazel Grace has terminal thyroid cancer that has completely destroyed her lungs and she has to lug an oxygen tank around to be able to breathe. She goes to school and has an obsession with re-reading Peter Van Houton’s book a million times and terrible reality shows. She goes to a cancer support group that she is dragged into even though she prefers to watch endless marathons of America’s Next Top Model and who can blame her? Fortunately, missing marathon episodes of models in stage cat fights weren’t so bad when she met the “metaphorical cigarette hanging” Augustus Waters in the support group. Augustus Waters leg was claimed by a malignant bone tumor. Before he had the tumor he used to play basketball but now resents his past. He also goes to school as well and has a penchant for “Call of Duty” style video games and The Price of Dawn sci-fi series. Augustus is basically your classic geek with hunka hunka good looks and body.
…”What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
Catfairy’s Pop Culture Time Warp
If you loved The Fault in Our Stars and you want to cry some more I highly recommend you give A Walk to Remember a go! For anyone that has seen A Walk to Remember didn’t it kill you a little bit inside when Mandy Moore said…”You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me…”
SHE IS EVIL!
Catfairy’s Final Thoughts
This story is not your stereotypical story about two cancer kids that fall in love. It’s about these two amazing characters that view the world in such a completely and devastatingly honest way than any of their peers. They embrace life for what it is…the good and the bad. They don’t sugarcoat their cancer at all. Hazel even calls herself the side-effect when it comes to her cancer at all. They live their lives with wild abandon and if that means having their first kiss in Amsterdam on a tour of the Anne Frank house then so be it! Although at the same time these characters are aware of what their fates are. It’s the kind of story that will make you appreciate the simplest things such as breathing without relying on Phalanxifor (which is fake by the way) and being nostalgic about running around a playground which sadly these characters didn’t have the luxury to do. These are one of the few books where I read the ending about 10 times till I was satisfied and realized that I still wasn’t. Isn’t that like life?
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Have you read The Fault in Our Stars and what book just made you ugly cry after reading it?