“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.”
Hazel Grace is 17 and suffering from cancer. Things can’t get much worse but throw in parents who think she is wiling her life away and a support group that fades into the backdrop of her life she can’t really get excited about much anymore. She is terminal, always has been and always will be. But one day that support group throws her a curve ball in the sexy form of Augustus Waters and her life that was so neatly planned out suddenly develops a plot twist. On the cusp of her last days Hazel will find out what it is to be alive and to be in love.
What a story. Wow. I cried like a baby and then some, just as I expected too, what I didn’t expect though was to laugh through those tears and come out of the book feeling almost happy, feeling alive.
The story is a tragic tale of loved, against the odds. It features insta-love on one of the grandest scales but you can hardly blame the characters for it, they have a lot to live for and either face death every day or have faced it head on in the recent past. Other than that the story is about life and living it, it’s about finding out the truth about yourself and those you love, or think you love and about believing in yourself. Everyday Hazel has to believe she is strong, and she tackles it with one of the best attitudes I have ever read about.
The book isn’t a cancer book per se. It’s a book about love that just happens to feature two kids who have faced cancer. I loved their outlook on things especially when juxtaposed with others’ – for example their family members. I thought hazels parents were the best and I loved how much they were there for her, even if they went about it in the wrong way at times, others they were perfect and we’re all allowed to make mistakes.
It’s hard to put my feelings about this book into words. I loved the way things panned out and even though it broke my heart I can forgive it as it introduced me to two characters more destined to be together than any other book has done. I found it difficult to believe that teenagers who spoke like Gus did actually exist but still loved his sense of humour. Issac was possibly my favourite character and I loved that he was still able to make jokes following something so life changing. As you can tell I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to seeing if the movie lives up to it.
The Fault in Our Stars was published on January 3rd 2013 by Penguin. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review
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