Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 313 pages
Opening Sentence: “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”
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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.
I put off reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for a very long time. First it was because it’s a “cancer book” and I don’t really dig those. Then it started getting really big and it seemed like everyone loved it. The hype intimidated me, so I just stayed away, which, frankly, was ridiculous considering I’ve read and like most of Green’s other novels and et cetera.
I’ve been sitting on this review for a while now and I still have no idea how to convey my feelings. The Fault in Our Stars is one of the most powerful, hangover inducing books I’ve ever read. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to read it. That’s not to say I didn’t like it—I loved it, in fact… but it’s been several days and I still haven’t picked up another book. (EDIT: It’s now been a couple weeks and I just… can’t. Book slump is still going strong.)
If I’m being honest, guys, I cried my eyes out during the entire last 3rd of the book. And then! Then I proceeded to think of nothing but The Fault in Our Stars for a couple days. I’m not going to explain just how hung over I was (scratch that: am) because it’s sort of embarrassing, but I think you get the point. I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars and urge you to read it if you haven’t.
Rating: 5+ of 5 stars
Obviously everyone has an opinion about the book already, so instead of writing a lengthy review (because I think you get my point) how about some TFiOS fan stuff? Sounds good!
****I can’t promise the things below this point won’t spoil the book for you. You’ve been warned.****
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