Hazel Grace has never been anything but terminal when it comes to her cancer diagnosis. She isn’t even lucky enough to be given any% chance of survival. She is probably the oldest sixteen year old you could ever meet. She goes to a Young Persons Cancer Support Group, well forced to go by her mother, and happens to meet Augustus. Gus is seventeen, has been in remission for over a year, and is clearly Hazel’s soul mate. Gus makes arrangements for one grand adventure for them, all while they contemplate and discuss the issues that most people like to ignore: How do we live when we know we are going to die? What will be our mark on the world? What if we don’t get our chance to leave our mark? What happens after?
You enter a book about kids with cancer with certain expectations; you expect to become emotionally involved on some level and you most certainly expect to cry. While this happened, I did not expect to laugh and I laughed a lot. Hazel and Augustus are unique characters, and have some pretty amazing conversations. They are funny without being cheesy. They are heartbreaking without being solemn and super depressing. They feel and act so real that they could be that cute teenage couple you saw in the park the other day.
This book dealt with cancer, life and death in an honest, dignified, non-condescending, or over-simplistic way. I think that is important; I don’t think I know a single person who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some form or another. This book and the conversations it will incite gives respect to those who have fought the disease either as a patient or as a care giver and support person. Also, it is just fun to read! Don’t forget that there is some great humor and fun moments laced into the story!
I just want to say thank you to my Aunt Joan. While other bloggers had convinced me to buy this book the first time I saw it on a shelf (and it happened to be a signed copy no less), my Aunt convinced me to move it up in the reading queue after talking about it for roughly 3.5 seconds. I could see in her eyes just how much she really enjoyed this book, and that was all it took. So, thank you very much Aunt Joan!
The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
Source: Purchased new
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