March 05, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green Review

The Fault In Our Stars 
by John Green
Published on January 10th 2012
Dutton Books, 318 pages
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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. 

- Goodreads.com description

I've been thinking about this book a lot since the moment I finished reading it. It wasn't one of the usual stories I read. But it had changed me for forever. I owe this amazing book a proper review.

Hazel. She is such a sweet girl. In the beginning of the book, her mother send her to this Support Group, because she thinks Hazel has depression. She does not. She just like being home and read books. She knows she is sick and she doesn't want to go out much and make friends and stuff. But nonetheless, she goes to the Support Group to make her mum happy.

There she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus is amazing, funny, gorgeous, intelligent, and he likes her a lot. They become friends. And Hazel intruduce him the passion for a book - An Imperial Affliction - which is a book, with no ending. Or better say, it finish in the middle of a sentence. Hazel's biggest wish is to hear the end of this book before she dies. 

Here starts their adventure to discover the end of An Imperial Affliction and also the beginning of an amazing friendship and love. 

John Green made an amazing job with this book, because it brings up so many emotions, you'll be in awe, trust me. Hazel is such a nice character with whom you'll find very easily to connect to. Apart from the cancer, she is a normal, sweet teenage girl. And you'll see that she has a very interesting point of view about the world, a different one. This is also one of the reasons why Augustus likes her so much.
In this place, I want to leave a quote from the amazing book. It's one of the favourite quotes I've EVER read and I feel the need to share it with you. I cried the first time I've read it. I rarely cry while reading, but this one caught me hard. It's a spoiler, so if you haven't read the book, I suggest you not to read it. But still, I feel the NEED to share it.

I took a few breaths and went back to the page. “I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

8 comments :

Mimi Valentine said...

Oh my goodness, Nea. I used to have this list with this order for the books I had to read, but you make me want to throw all of that out the window just so I can read this book! Books that change you and make you smile and make you cry are the best kinds of books out there!

Your review? Beautiful! That teaser? Beautiful! This book? I can only guess it will be beautiful too, and I can't wait to read it now, Nea! I'll definitely let you know when I start! :) <3

Railer said...

It is truly amazing when you meet people or discover people in this world and many times in the most unsuspecting places that have such a huge amount of optimism towards life and in turn can have such a huge impact on your own life. I like the whole idea of the infinite numbers between 0 and 1 and twice as many between 0 and 2.

It's the whole idea of finding the never ending or better yet the never ending possibilities in the most obscure places...perhaps the places you never thought of or even in some situations they'll get you, in the place that you feel it the most.

The Nocturnal Library said...

Such a lovely review, Nea! This is the second gushing review of this book I've read today, but John Green certainly deserves it.
I don't know if you've read Looking for Alaska yet, but I liked that one even more than The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, An Abundance of Katherines didn't work for me at all. :(

I'm so happy you enjoyed this.
Maja

Kristin Feliz said...

Aaaaahhhhh!!!! I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!!!!
I can't wait to read this book now! This one's been sitting on my bookshelf but I MUST pick it up ASAP!!!

Sarah (saz101) said...

"She just like being home and reading books." Ah, I can so relate to this.

NEA! I ADORE your review... but I kind of wish I hadn't read that quote, because I'm pretty sure I just got a big spoiler from it :P

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"

Oh, so, SO beautiful. PERFECTION. My BFF gave this to me yesterday, and I am so. SO excited to read this now! Nea! Beautiful! ♥

Sophia said...

This book was so amazing. John Green is a freaking fabulous author and the way he crafts his characters is mindblowing. I totally bawled while reading this book! Hazel and Gus were like two pieces of a perfect puzzle, I swear. Fabulous review, Nea! :)

bee said...

So that's the book where one dies and the other doesn't? Good review! You're getting better and better at this! :)

Ankita Singhal said...

I truly love this book ... I do but I haven't read it completely... I couldn't... I never thought a book can have so much power on me... but this one have... I just can't bring myself to read it... because I can't stop crying even when I want to laugh I cry...
Insane... I know.

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