Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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 (a long time not being very long), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Then enters 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.
This book is so emotionally-gutting, heart-breakingly beautiful. Now, I will be honest, the first John Green book I read (Looking for Alaska) I wasn’t a fan in the least bit. This book blew me out of the water. I spent the last 100 pages in tears, so emotional. It is not only the story of a girl named Hazel and a boy named Augustus, its is about life and death, the legacy we desire to leave behind, and finding a way to accept things we cannot change. I am still struggling to process everything from this book, it truly left me speechless. And like AIA, I too am left pondering, what happened to Hazel, Issac, and everyone else but something tells me everything will be alright.