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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: A Book Review

 

Have you ever read a book that makes you look differently at life?  We get so caught up in the day to day tasks and regular stresses that go along with life, that we very frequently stop for a moment and take in “life” around us.  But for people with terminally ill diseases, they live every moment like it is their last because frankly, it is.  And it could be for us just as well, no one is guaranteed of waking up each morning and breathing.  We are not guaranteed our love ones will do the same and often take it for granted.  This book reminds us just how fragile our lives are.  This book will have you hugging your child a little bit tighter, it will have you treasuring special moments and thanking God daily for this beautiful thing called life.

The story begins when Hazel Grace, a terminally ill teenager with cancer, meets Augustus Waters, a one legged cancer survivor in a support group.  They share one of those “movie scene” instant attractions and begin spending more and more time together but Hazel is resistant on becoming too close.  You see, Hazel was close to death, like EXTREMELY close and the only thing that prolonged her life was an experimental drug.  It had been a miracle that she has lived this long but in the cancer world, things can blow up at any moment and she does not want to be that “grenade” that destroys Augustus.  However, Augustus wants nothing more than to get closer to Hazel and even hatches a plan to get them both to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author.  Does their love blossom?
 
Oh, I wouldn’t mind Hazel Grace.  It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” -Augustus Waters
 
While the subject matter in this book is depressing, Green does an awesome job of bringing humor into it as well.  I loved the back and forth banter between Hazel and Augustus and the way they can make light of the harshness of cancer.  But don’t get me wrong, he also brings a hard-core realness to the subject as well.  He takes you into the world of cancer and does not sugar coat a thing, it is gut-wrenching but worth the read!

Marie

Wednesday 28th of May 2014

I JUST ordered this one! Can't wait until it comes now!!!

Jessica

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

One of my favourite books of all time. I just love John Green's books!!

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