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 did it! I caved. I read the book that everyone was talking about this summer. I normally avoid these books at all costs, until the hype has died down. I didn’t read Harry Potter until several were already out, same with Twilight and The Hunger Games. They all lived up to the hype, I’m just always way late to the game lol. When I started my vacation, my cousin and I had planned on reading the book so that if it rained, we could go see the movie. Vacation and the release were the same week. A couple of years ago, we took advantage of a rainy vacation and saw Bridesmaids. Best decision ever. And I’ve already told you about the teensy water issue that pushed our vacation back, so I had some extra reading time. And during my vacation this year, I wanted to take some time off Netgalley and away from review books and spend some time reading some on my TBR shelf.
So with that preface, I think the hype for this book was worth it. I read this book in 24 hours. I could not put it down. I went from reading in bed, to the porch with coffee, to the couch in the afternoon, then back to the porch in the evening, then back to bed. The book was with me the whole way.
I think this book can reach any age group that picks it up. Cancer impacts the lives of everyone. We all know someone who has battled cancer. It hits home for everyone. Hazel really hit home for me. Her cancer started in her thyroid. A few years back, I was talking to a coworker at a summer job, eating a piece of cinnamon candy and noticed a large lump on my neck, about the size of a baseball. How I did not notice it before is beyond me. But I immediately got it checked out. We got it biopsied, and drained (bleck), and the tests came back clean. But the lump came back too. I went to another specialist and they also said it was benign, but they didn’t want to risk it, so I had my left lobe of my thyroid removed. This book really put that in perspective for me. It could have been something much worse than what it was, and I learned that through a fictional teenage character. It’s funny the things that give us perspective, huh?
And although the characters are teens, they are wise beyond their years. I have talked about this book with so many people, and almost everyone I’ve talked to has loved the characters. The thing I loved most about them was their wisdom. They are not your normal YA characters. There’s no drama no BS, it’s just real. It’s raw. And there is wit for days. I laughed with them, I cried with them, and I got mad at cancer with them.
Now my whole idea for reading this book was in case we saw the movie. Yes, I’m one of “those” people who have to read the book first. It can really be a burden too lol But, I ended up not seeing the movie yet. My mom, who didn’t read the book, went to see the movie and really liked it. And it was nice that from my reading, and her watching, we were able to have a nice conversation about it. I’ll see the movie when it comes out on Amazon Prime for me to rent, watch on my computer, and bawl my eyes out.
Did you give into the hype of this book? Do you think it lived up to expectations?
Also this is my first John Green book. I’ve always seen great things about him and think it’s time I give more of his books a try! What are some of your favorites?
I give The Fault in Our Stars 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
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Released: January 2012