Published by Penguin Australia on January 3, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
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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 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.
To my dear literary friends, there was never a doubt about it, but I understand why The Fault in Our Stars is a favourite novel of all time. It made me laugh with its dry humour, made me cry with its heart-breaking ending, fall in love with its young characters and most importantly, made me recognise the meaning of life in general.
When health is not an issue, it’s easy to watch the days pass by, doing things out of habit or because we are simply going through the motions. How often we have a dream, only to never pursue it. How often we leave loose ends hanging, ending the day after an argument, or never telling our nearest and dearest that we love them.
The Fault in Our Stars serves as a reminder that life is fleeting, and that death is a very real and major part of it, able to strike us at any time. The Fault In The Stars isn’t simply about cancer at its heart, it’s about two incredible young people who relish and enjoy life as it is, who just so happen to be affected by cancer.
Hazel and Gus, being cancer sufferers, know that they do not have long to live. They devote their time telling their parents everyday that they love them, doing what they want and importantly, following their lifelong dreams. For Hazel, this is getting in touch with her favourite author, Peter Van Houlton and finding out what happens at the end of her favourite novel. Augustus Waters, known fondly as Gus, helps her achieve this dream with everything in his power to do so.
The two love each other madly and unconditionally. Seeing them in their darkest moments was heart-wrenching and incredibly scary because its real. With unnerving strength of living with cancer, they help get through with having each other to lean on. I just loved how Hazel and Gus just chose to enjoy each others company and focus on their happiness, rather than creating unnecessary emotional drama that we see so often in novels these days….and in real life.
Rather, they have enough going on with their health that they’re not going to sweat the small stuff, and do what they have to do to survive. That’s why when their cancer survivor – now blind friend Isaac deals with his pain by trashing all the trophies in Gus’s room, they just let him do it and egg him on. These characters are suffering in a very real way that we could only dream of understanding, and John Green captures it within the pages beautifully.
Like so many others, I found Hazel and Gus to be very real, their strength, humour, and their charm to be riveting and touching. The story of meeting each other at a very fragile point in their lives and living and loving each other is heartbreaking and beautiful.
There were Peter Van Houtens – miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically, doing whatever they had to do to keep walking around…Neither of these futures struck me as particularly desirable, It seemed to me that I had already seen everything pure and good in the world.
The Fault in Our Stars is not a novel about cancer. It’s about a mutual love of literature, young love at its brightest, family support, chasing after your dreams, letting others in and giving them your whole heart and self – about the greatest parts of life itself.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE! Whether you are celebrating with a loved one or it’s just another quiet day at home, I hope you take the time to realise that you are an important part in this world.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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