The Fault in Our Stars by John Green #bookreview

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: 2012

Format: Paperback, 336 pages

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.

Review

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / but in ourselves.”

John Green managed to write about the horror of cancer while creating such a beautiful story with characters that could be real. I love how Hazel is sarcastic yet can be serious. There was never a dull moment. 
I love how Augustus is able to joke about having only one leg after surviving osteosarcoma. His initial attraction to Hazel because she reminded him of his dead girlfriend was a little weird but it was also understandable. I knew his cancer was back when he gave Hazel his wish to use to go visit Van Houten. It’s just not realistic for him to be in remission yet still able to use his wish. 
I don’t know if it was because I saw the movie first or what, but I managed not to cry while reading this book. However, I wasn’t able to think coherently for almost an hour after I finished the book. Now, let me share some of my favorite quotes from the book. 

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”

 “But I believe in true love, you know? I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.” 

“I fear oblivion,” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.  “Too soon,” Isaac said, cracking a smile. “Was that insensitive?” Augustus asked. “I can be pretty blind to other people’s feelings.” 

Rating: 4 stars