John Green - The Fault in Our Stars
• Pub Date: January 10, 2012
• Publisher: Brilliance Audio
• Format: Audio book 7hr 14min
• Age Range: Young Adult
• Source: Library
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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.
Oh goodness. I laughed a lot. I cried a bit. My emotions ran high and low. I really enjoyed this novel. Hazel and Augustus are wonderful characters that I will not soon forget. They're fantastically amazing, and their journey broke my heart. Everything about this book made me think and wonder. I can't even imagine being in their shoes. They're brave and courageous. It's incredible to hear this story.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the different voices. She's entertaining and brilliant. She made this story so enjoyable even with the sad, emotional topic. Even though my heart was breaking and tears were falling, I was still laughing at the funny parts and feeling happy when Hazel and Augustus were together. They were just great.
Everything about this book is moving and touching. Parts of me wanted to live inside the novel with Hazel, Augustus, Isaac, and even that crazy author forever. This book is so well-written, and the characters stand out so much! Okay, I can't stop talking about the CHARACTERS! I swear I'll stop now. It's just.. so many people told me to read a book by John Green, this book in particular. I'm so glad I did!
Bottom line: In sum, cancer is a bitch, but this book is outstanding.
4.5 / 5 book sharks