Series: Stand Alone
Published by Dutton Books on January 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
I’m not intelligent enough to write this review. I say that, despite feeling fairly confident in my own intelligence. But of all the things I thought I’d be saying after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, it wasn’t “that was a damn smart book!” But I’m saying it.
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 an 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.
The Fault In Our Stars makes you think, hard, about living and death. In the ways I think everyone who ever gets that terrifying cancer diagnosis does – I assume at least. A cancer survivor myself, I know I thought about it a lot and still do – though never as intelligently as Hazel and Augustus do. And I was – and am – way older than them. But they’re smarter – and not in an annoying, “no way these are teenagers way.” They’re just smart, good people. Which is why knowing from the get-go that they are cursed with the big C totally sucks.
And yet, The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t depressing like I expected. In fact, one of the first things I told my brother when I INSISTED he read it was that it was hilarious. I do think a certain amount of familiarity with existential theory and philosophy in general increased my enjoyment, but it certainly wasn’t necessary.
Of course it wasn’t JUST hilarious. I totally sobbed. Ugly tears. And here’s the best bit though—-> at one point I was crying WHILE laughing.
So yeah, cancer sucks. The Fault In Our Stars totally didn’t. And now I can finally watch the movie and hope it did the book justice. (Update since writing this review: I watched the movie and was happy with it, thought the book was better. Of course!) Oh, and if you haven’t read this yet – hurry up!