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The Fault in Our Stars- John Green

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“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.” – Augustus Waters

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a quirky, witty sixteen-year-old who has battled cancer since she was a child. In order to appease her parents, she attends a cancer support group for kids. However, when Hazel meets seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, (who she finds charming and handsome) group becomes the highlight of her week. Following a leg amputation, Augustus is in remission. He only attends the group in order to support his best friend Isaac, who’s losing his eyesight to cancer.

Hazel and Augustus “fall in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” She shares her favorite novel An Imperial Affliction with Augustus, and she mentions how much meeting the author, Peter van Houten, would mean to her. Augustus cashes in his “cancer kid wish” and flies to the Netherlands with Hazel and her mother in order to make Hazel’s dream come true. Unfortunately, the author is a snarky alcoholic pig who nearly ruins their vacation.

When they return to Indiana, Hazel discovers that Augustus is no longer in remission; in fact, the cancer has spread at an alarming rate.

I think Hazel sums up death best when she says: “You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence.”

The Fault is Our Stars is a hauntingly beautiful love story, a glimpse into teenagers battling cancer, and a realistic portrayal of how fragile life is. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’m eager to read more from John Green.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. GAH! Everyone is talking about this. I seriously have to get a copy. I didn’t really know what it was about, but this sounds phenomenal, so I appreciate a good review on it to soldify my need to by. I feel validated enough. I”m on my way!
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  2. The fault in our stars is hands down the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. I love it to pieces, its not easy or light but it is my favorite and i think it should be taught in every school.

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