Format: Kindle Edition
Published: 3rd May 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
This book is counting towards my 2015 Reading Challenge.
Synopsis taken from Amazon:
“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.
Now, this book has been on my TBR pile for a looonnnggg time, maybe even a couple of years. I decided to pick it up thanks to my 2015 reading challenge and #ProjectTBR. I’m certainly glad I did. It made me smile, feel joy and love, sadness and grief – all in the space of a few days.
I haven’t actually read a book in which a character is dealing with the pain and torment of cancer, so this was a first for me. Hazel was the perfect person for me to follow on this ‘journey’. She was blunt, opinionated, brutally honest, witty and particularly strong-willed. Her description of living with the illness had me laughing and nearly crying. I loved how John Green didn’t sugar coat anything – it was gritty, raw and completely honest. It really hit home how cancer can affect any one, any time, any place. A close work colleague of mine passed away at the end of last year, at the tender age of 28, after a long, painful battle with the disease. This novel helped me to understand how patients must feel living with it – even though it was a work of fiction – an honest reflection that wasn’t all sunshine and daisies.
Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.
The relationship between Augustus and Hazel was beautiful. Seeing them grow and develop together was lovely, whilst being completely heart-breaking. Although I knew the inevitable would happen, I still didn’t see it panning out the way it eventually did.
The only – very minor – thing that irritated me slightly throughout the novel was the incessant use of the word ‘Okay’. I understand that this is a poignant phrase, used as a term of endearment but I found myself rolling my eyes every time it was used. Believe me, it was a lot!
I am SO glad I finally read this, I would definitely recommend it to students I teach (if they haven’t read it already!). I will definitely check out the film adaptation at some point too.
I am looking at picking up some more John Green – any recommendations?