Friday, April 27, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Published by Dutton Juvenile
pages- 336
Release Date- Jan. 10, 2012
Genre- Realistic Fiction
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rating- 4

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

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's a long time favorite of mine, and i was super psyched when he announced on his YouTube channel vlogbrothers that he was going to come out with another one, this time from a girls perspective, and even cooler... He was signing every single pre-order.That's 150,000 books! (if your interested in this click here***)

The Fault in Our Stars was very different from John Greens other novels, the most apparent change being that the main protagonist is a female, and that when the book starts out, she is already recovering from the climax of her life: that startling night years ago when she lied on a hospital bed, with her parents hovering over her, chocking out their last goodbyes. Hazel survives, although at this time its not much of a life.  She sleepwalks through the motions, School work, sleep, ANTM marathons, support group, and of course, reading her favorite novel An Imperial Affliction (or AIA)

Finally one night, things the future starts to look up when a friend from her group introduces her to Augustus who has taken the place as my favorite John Green character.  He was funny and a beautiful match for haven. I liked their relationship, their witty  dialog and all the deep conversation kept me enthralled through out the entire novel. Especially the parts where Issac was present, I'm not really sure what it was about Issac, but every scene he was in quickly became my favorites.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the amount of time Hazel spends obsessing over Anna the main character in her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. what happened after the last page? what happened to Anna's mom? yes, I am aware that Anna in AIA and Hazel in TFIOS are basically the same person, just with different endings, and that you cannot confuse fiction with real life, you cant expect the characters to keep living past the last page. That a story really is just that. However, It's not really what I'm used to. That doesn't mean that i didn't like the book, just that it wasn't my favorite...

However, The Fault in Our Stars made me laugh and cry and think about how some infinities are larger then other infinities. It was a wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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