Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Published by Penguin Group (USA) on January 10, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Format: eBook

Pages: 198 • Source: Purchased
Buy it: AmazonAdd it: Goodreads
My rating: 5.0

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 suddenlysting appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Thoughts

When my niece told me I had to read this book I was skeptical. I try to stay away from "real life" books, mainly because I become too involved and an emotional wreck. But I'd heard about this book before and everyone I knew had loved it. Finally, I caved and decided I would give it a shot. I was right, I was an emotional wreck throughout the book. TFIOS sparked to life every possible emotion one could have; I laughed, I cried, and I got angry; however, I have no regrets. I am grateful to have had the experience and wouldn't change it for anything. TFIOS was realistic, the characters believable, and Green's voice exceptional.

This was a very touching story about more than just an illness; yes there is pain, suffering, and loss but there is also hope and the understanding of what it means to live and die. Some may find my statement of hope strange considering there is death. I do not mean hope in fighting an illness, but rather hope in learning to accept and give love unconditionally. I do not know what it's like to experience such a loss; although, I have lost people I love. I cannot fathom loosing a child or a sibling but what I liked about TFIOS was that it gave me a better understanding. 

I read a review where the person was upset that someone who has never experienced such a tragedy had any right to laugh or be moved by this story. While I respect that I could never understand what it is to live this story, I don't understand how I could be denied Hazel's story, how I should not be allowed to laugh alongside her. As fictional as this character is, I felt a friendship and connection with her character that I believe entitles me to her good and bad moments. After all, that is what a good book does, it makes the characters and situation come to life and takes you on a journey you may never experience otherwise. This story is for all the Hazel's out there who's story may never be told.

With that being said, I am going to add a link on this review to Esther's foundation, because that is what this is all about, helping those who are suffering with this illness and their loved ones. So please take a moment to check out this site and get involved.This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation 

Some of my favorite quotes

"The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.

"I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.

"... is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most peole find sin."

"It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."

"I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling, the waves tossing me against the rocks then pulling me back out to sea so they could launch me again into the jagged face of the cliff, leaving me floating faceup on the water, undrowned."

"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations."

My Overall Rating

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