GoodReads Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
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I don't think I've ever read a book that has simultaneously made me want to laugh, cry, shout with joy, and scream all at the same time. I was so invested in the story and characters that I just had to finish it in one sitting. I've been having trouble writing this review, because The Fault in Our Stars is the kind of book where it's hard to put your feeling into words. Nevertheless here's my attempt...
John Green's writing style is incredible. He adds just the right amount of humour to an otherwise serious topic. There were so many quotes I wanted to include in this review, but alas I decided to go with just the one. As for the rest? I want to frame them so I can drown in their beauty and carry them around in my head.
The romance between Hazel and Augustus isn't cliched or cheesy, instead it develops at a slow pace and reels you in until you find yourself rooting for them. The interactions between Hazel and Augustus were both witty and intellectual. The banter mixed with philosophical musings was highly entertaining, and at the same time thought provoking .
The Fault in Ours Stars is a heart-wrenching read with characters that will stick with you long after finishing the book.