Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Challenge(s): TBR Pile
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
I finally—FINALLY— read it! Regular visitors know how much I don’t like contemporary, but this isn’t just contemporary. This is so completely different from anything else I’ve ever experienced. When I finished reading, all I could think was “Why did I read this?” It’s the most painful experience I’ve endured in a very long time.
I don’t think I can really review this properly. The characters weren’t just characters, they were real people. They had such real emotions that I can’t describe them in a single paragraph! Hazel was just…wow. Augustus was just…double wow. Just trust me. If I go into any more detail I might just burst into tears.
The famous quote everyone’s seen at least once sums up my thoughts about the book perfectly:
It was exactly like that for me. I started out just sticking my feet in the water, giving it a little taste. It was good, but not great. Then the next thing I knew I had fallen in, overwhelmed by how incredible it was. Once I reached a certain point (those who have read it know exactly where), I was a wreck. I just started sobbing. Thanks to other bloggy friends I was prepared physically with a giant box of tissues, but nothing could prepare me for the emotional trauma that was suffered that afternoon.
This cover is so simple, but charming at the same time. I like the chalky, hand written font, and the clouds, and, well, everything!
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Moderate Language and Sexual Content: (Multiple d*** s*** a** f***, kissing, descriptions of making out, Augustus and Hazel do sleep together, but it’s not explicit at all, crude and suggestive humor throughout)

4 comments:

  1. YAYYYY! Strange fact! This was my FIRST YA contemp I ever read [as an adult!] I loved it so so much and I'm glad even though you don't often read contemporary that you found a love for it too! Its a deep emotional story and I think it brings heart to anyone who reads it!

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  2. Wow, I've been just passing this book by, and I haven't read any reviews on it, but I had no idea it was an amazing book!! I'll have to pick this up!!! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  3. I've seriously been debating reading this book and after this review I think I must! I'm putting The Fault In Our Stars is on my wish list now.

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  4. I'm so glad you finally read it! All of John Green's books are just so much more than novels... He's just such a beautiful and brilliant writer. Great review!

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