So some of you may have heard of The Fault in Our Stars because they have started releasing the movie trailer. But before it was an anticipated summer block buster, The Fault in Our Stars was a novel by John Green. And let me confirm that it was a fabulous one at that! While heart-wrenching at times, this book was almost impossible to put down. The book is focused around a teenage girl named Hazel Grace, who happens to be battling cancer. Her parents push her into attending a support group, as her illness has caused her to have to be home-schooled and they want her to be able to interact with other kids. Hazel is angsty towards it, as any teen might be, but the meetings bring her something she wasn’t expecting.
That something is actually a someone. His name is Augustus Waters and he is the most gorgeous boy that Hazel has ever seen. He too has had his own battle with cancer. The pair end up developing a bond unlike any other, finding comfort in each others quirks, especially their eclectic reading choices.
What I think is the best part of this book is that it is not some sappy book that tip toes around the cancer patients and makes you feel bad for them. It is a real life take on the emotions of adolescents who are dealing with pain, disappointment, sickness, love, and loss. The book is at times heartbreaking, you will cry. But, it is worth the read. For me it was especially poigent as I have a close friend who is only in her mid-twenties and battling cancer. It helped me kind of get inside her head a bit, because some days as much as I want to be there for her, I just cannot wrap my head around what she is going through.
The book is not all doom and gloom though. It has some laugh out loud moments, and some moments that you wish you could put in your pocket and take with you forever.
Overall the book is absolutely wonderful! A 5 star for sure! I highly recommend reading the book before you see the movie. And have tissues ready!