Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars

My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013.  I just finished book 22.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Summary (copied from Goodreads): 
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.

My opinion:
The relationship between Hazel and Augustus was achingly vulnerable and the story developed very naturally (there was no manufactured or manipulated emotion).  Even though I cried as I read the last 25% of the book, I was also smiling and grateful for these beautifully written characters.  Despite the tears and the subject matter, I wouldn't classify this as a "sad book"; the overwhelming feeling I was left with after I closed this book was hope.     

Highly recommended.

Quote from the Book:
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." 

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