"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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love."
Quite a while ago now, my sister Willow gave me this book and told me I had to read it. I read the back, and I was instantly put off. My eyes start to well up over the tiniest thing, and my view lately has been 'I'm not going to make myself feel sad'. This is partly down to a film I wanted to watch for absolutely ages, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I don't want to ruin it for anyone or put you off, but it was honestly for me one of the worst films I have ever seen. I bawled my eyes out and the conclusion of the film (if you can call it that) just wasn't worth it. It felt like it never went anywhere. Add to this the fact that I lost my dad through cancer, and someone I recently knew and called a friend, and you can understand my hesitation...
A few weeks ago, I picked this book up when Mark was playing on Xbox one night and then I just couldn't put it down. I cared for the characters. I still care for the characters now I've finished the book! I'm not going to lie, a few tears escaped. But it wasn't horrendous at all. It was heroic, hopeful and witty. It's full of a certain sort of humour that draws you in and gives you an intimacy with the characters and their feelings, a closeness to the characters I've never felt before in a book.
The book, the characters and their story give you an insight into terminal diseases. It gives an insight to how the sufferers may be feeling, and it definitely opens your eyes to a few things. Me and my family have felt the devastating impact of losing someone through terminal cancer, and I think this book really does give an insight as to how those left behind feel. The impact of love and loss. But it isn't a depressing story, it's a courageous and honest battle of (and sometimes between) two young people in love.
If you've been thinking about reading it, you honestly should! I can truthfully say it is one of the best books I have ever read, for entirely different reasons to any I have read before. Have you already read The Fault In Our Stars? What did you think of it?
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