Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | Book Review


Summary:

The book is about two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who are also the protagonists and follows their lives when they are diagnosed with terminal cancer. Their lives change completely post diagnosis. Hazel meets Augustus for the very first time at a, support centre for cancer patients and survivors, which she had started to attend. Augustus is there for a remission. This is when they meet each other and their lives see some light again and they feel alive and better. This is a book that has it all be it love, emotion, drama, humour, pain, fear and even death.


Author: 

John Green

Publisher:

Penguin Books

Release date:

January 10th 2012

No. of Pages:

Paperback, 317 Pages

The Fault in Our Stars is expertly told in the first person with the voice of Hazel Grace who meets Augustus Waters at a cancer survivors support group. They are extremely loveable characters, who flirt between deep conversations about the meaning of life and finding refuge in playing video games, reality shows and reading to one another. Cancer affects people in different ways. Their lives all encounter similar experiences and widely different experiences because of their varying types and severity of the disease. I really don’t want to discuss the plot line here, because I don’t want to reveal anything. I had my assumptions about what would happen in this book, but I was wrong.

This book took me on an emotional roller-coaster that I'm not entirely sure I'll ever recover from. At times heartbreaking and others heartwarming. It has moments of sadness, and I could really feel it, but also moments of fear and joy. To be honest when I first started reading, I didn't think I was going to love it.

It is well developed, beautifully paced, and has the perfect twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The main characters feel like your best friends you know them so well. These characters are like real people, and as such, have their good days and bad days. The secondary characters are well rounded and thought out wonderfully. I love the honest look at what it's like living with cancer.

This book gave me a peek into the world of people who are battling disease. I had not read anything like this before, and it was part of the reason I picked this book.