Monday, January 16, 2012
Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
John Green is one of my favorite YA authors because he knows how to create realistic characters in realistic situations. The Fault in Our Stars was no different. Hazel and Augustus were characters that were going through a hard time in their lives and I felt that they handled it like someone in their situation would. They enjoyed life and they didn't totally let their medical issues define them. At the end of the day, they wanted to be normal teenagers and really, they were.
TFiOS was beautifully written and something I was able to finish and enjoy within a short amount of time. I also feel that it is a book that anyone could enjoy no matter what age and what kind of life they happen to lead.
This new John Green novel surpassed what I hoped for. It is officially my favorite book by John Green thus-far.