Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TitleThe Fault in Our Stars
AuthorJohn Green
PublisherDutton Books
Release DateJanuary 10, 2012

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” 

It has taken me years to decide to read this novel. Why? because so many people told me how good it was but how much I was going to cry. 

I decided to listen to the audio while driving. Of course, I cried like a baby and other drivers probably thought I was crazy (at least is better than when I'm reading something similar on a plane. So yay for me!) 

What can I add about this book that has not been said before? Please, this book has over 2 million reviews. Totally insane! So I'm not going to try to dissect the story. I'm sure at least there is 1000 reviews doing it already. What I can say is that I liked the book. I like the characters. As someone who has had cancer affecting so many family members, the message resonates with me. Cancer does make patients feel like "Other" when in reality they are exactly the same as the person next door: Human. So they need to be treated the same way. 

Did my heart break while reading it? Absolutely. How can't it not? Every time he would say "Hazel Grace", I would sigh. Such an awesome cool kid. 

My one pet peeve with the novel. Unless these kids were in their 40 to 50's and were a scientists/ph.D. professors, there is no way they could exhibit the vocabulary these two teenagers had. You have no idea how many times I just rolled my eyes with their syntax.

“I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is inprobably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?”

And just to channel my own Hazel.....So what happened to Hazel? Did she survive? Did she find love? Did she graduate from school? What did her parents do?....I'm sure this is something John Green doesn't want to think about.

The good news is that now I can watch the movie.

4/5 Fangs

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