06/04/2014

On My Bookshelf // The Fault In Our Stars - John Green


"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."


I have a confession to make. I have only just gotten around to reading "The Fault In Our Stars". Despite seeing it on countless Twitter timelines, and on my Instagram feed, I never seemed to have the time to get stuck in. However, I wanted to read it before seeing the movie, so last weekend I sat down with a big old mug of hot chocolate and gave it a go. To say that I enjoyed reading it would be an understatement, I laughed and cried my way through the book.
The story's main character, Hazel Grace Lancaster, has cancer, and is on some sort of "wonder drug" that has made her tumours shrink. She is still terminal but this has bought her some time. She is your typical teenager, moody, sarcastic, thoughtful and smart. Her lungs don't work so she has to carry around portable oxygen tanks where ever she goes. Her mother thinks she's becoming depressed so she sends her to a teenage cancer support group in the local church. Here, she meets Augustus Waters. Gus is a cancer survivor who has lost his leg. Hazel and Gus share the same sense of humour and way of looking at the world. Hazel keeps Gus at arms length as she knows a happily ever after is not possible for them. However, love won't be denied.
I had high expectations of this book before I read it, and it exceeded every last one of them. Even though its aimed for a younger market, namely teens, I didn't think it took away from the story.  Death is never an easy topic to grapple with, either in real life or in literature.  Instead of shying away from it though, Green tackles the subject head on with a sense of frank bravado. This is an emotionally honest book, that makes you care deeply about Hazel and Augustus, and their mutual friend Isaac. You care so much, in fact, that you desperately wish for a happy ending, even though you know it's not possible.
Have you read "The Fault In Our Stars"? What did you think? I have few more books to get through, I'm hoping to tackle them through April. Here's to finding a spare hour or two here and there!

4 comments:

  1. Hi there. I love your blog and I've nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Dee x x http://prettymuchdee.blogspot.ie/2014/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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    1. Awh, thank you Deirdre! I'm going to check it out now!

      xo

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  2. I've added this to my good reads on your recommendation. May make a wee trip to the library since I'm on holiday... Don't think I'm emotionally ready though! ;)
    Is Diary of a Callgirl on your to-read list? Tweet me how you get on with it; I loved the tv series and have been curious about the books. Xo

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    1. Oh Eilidh, read it!! I just hope it lives up to expectations now!

      I read it while I was pregnant, but I realised that all the books I read back then I can't actually remember.... So I'm re-reading it and reading it for the first time all at once haha! I'll let you know what I think, I loved the TV series too!

      xo

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