Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Book Review)

Title: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Genres: Drama, Contemporary, Romance
Medium: Hardcover, bought
The moment after finishing Looking For Alaska, I knew I was going to read more of John Green's work. So when I finally got the chance to purchase The Fault In Our Stars, I jumped at the chance. 

The Fault In Our Stars was as beautiful as Looking For Alaska had been, if not more. Yet again, his novels feature a beautiful, devastating plot that is impossible to stop in the middle of. This novel recognizes disease in a way never seen before. It features a tragic love story which centers around two teenage cancer survivors. Before reading this, I knew very little about cancer. It was very insightful to read a story in the point of view of a disease-stricken girl, as she battles the "not-really-battle" and finds happiness in her small world devoid of many freedoms. Insightful and quite intellectual, this novel not only features romance and struggle, but also drama as the two teens decide to travel to a foreign country to meet the author of a book that has inspired both of them, all while dealing with their disease, and trying to decide how everything fits in their individual lives.

The writing of this novel is tremendous. Intellectual, interesting, and emotional, like usual, John Green's writing inspires and encourages. It centers around recovery and the aftermath after death and how different characters respond and deal with their pain, both mental and physical. A classic contemporary novel for the ages, bound to be popular and appeal to individuals for years, as we strive to understand the disease and its prisoners. Written in the beautiful point of view of a sixteen-year old victim of cancer, you are brought through several instances of pain, laughter, love, sickness, health, and family. Ambitious with raw honesty and quite moving, this story is a love story for the ages. Compelling and richly written with characters of depth and emotion, The Fault In Our Stars should be read by every human being, in order to better understand many things, including life in general. Five stars.

Plot Overview: 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 suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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