Published: January 10, 2012
Book: For Review*
Format: Hardcover Finished Copy
Summary: 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. -goodreads
Hazel is 16. And dying.
Her world seems bleak and grey, with nothing to look forward to than her own funeral.
Until along comes Augustus Walters.
I knew this book was going to be good. I'd heard about it for long enough. So when I finally got it I was seriously excited but Oh My Stars. It was amazing.
Told through the eyes of Hazel we are allowed a glimpse into the life of a diagnosed cancer patient and are able to share in her thoughts, feelings and experiences. Hazel is losing faith in herself and spends her time eating and sleeping and going to her cancer support group. Which she doesn't enjoy.
Until Augustus comes along. Bold. Confident. Interesting. Different; he captures her attention immediately, and, shockingly for Hazel, notices her too.
Throughout the book we see her change; from accepting yet not accepting her death, to being determined that she wants to live and we grow with her. Augustus: aweet, funny, smart, and capable; the new one legged superman in disguise, he swept Hazel off her feet and took her on a whirlwind of a ride.
But the ending! John Green why did you do this to me? When I read the last word and realized that was it, that was the end, i literally felt like banging my head against the wall and screaming with anguish. it just wasn't fair.
However, at the end of the day: life isn't fair, and nor is cancer, or prosthetic limbs or any other disease that someone might have, it's the way you deal with it that counts and how you work around it, and that's exactly what we see Augustus help Hazel realize, you can't just try and accept, you have to accept, but only you can determine how it effects you. As Hazel herself said:
The Fault In Our Stars is one life-changing book that I will never forget. Everyone should read it. Everyone. It is about one girl's struggle to accept her fate and one boy's task to help her along her journey, while learning things all the way.
And I guarantee that you will never hear that simple, petty word "okay" the same again...
*Thank you infinite times to the lovely Tania for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.