Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

"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."
         -Taken from Amazon.com

I always get really excited about the personal reading that I get to do over the summer. However, if I'm completely honest, I only finished one book this summer. Pleasedon'tjudgeme! There are a couple reasons for that: I was busy; I moved and most of my books were packed; I just didn't feel like it. For whatever reason, I only read one book this summer. That book happened to be John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

I had heard about it from many different people. It was constantly talked about on line and I saw it all the time in stores. Seriously, this book seemed to be everywhere. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and so I picked it up from the library to read on a trip I was taking that day. I refused to go into the book with high expectations. I didn't want to be disappointed  I remember starting An Abundance of Katharines and only getting a few pages in before I completely forgot about it. I open the book and settled in. Let me tell you, I read that book until I got to my destination, on the way back to my house, and I even continued to read it up in my room until I had finished the whole thing.

I don't know what happened. It's like I got stuck in the book and wouldn't be free until I finished reading it. I think that there are a few reasons why I loved this book so much. I can't say I truly enjoyed reading it because it was one of, if not the most, painfully heartbreaking novels I have ever read. Anyway, here are a few reasons:
  • Hazel Grace- Her narrative, I thought, was beautiful. Her thoughts about life and questioning of her existence in the universe were really captivating to me. I thought John Green did an amazing job of writing her.
  • Hazel Grace and Augustus- I loved these two in general. I thought they were beautiful together. I loved their relationship dynamics and thought that how they interacted with each other was portrayed well in the novel.
  • The quotes- This was probably one of the most quotable novels I have read in a very long time. I mean: "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."- How can you not want to quote that!
This book left me with a ton of feelings. It's really hard to put all that I thought and felt when reading this novel into words but I can say this: I cried so much throughout this book and I sobbed when it was over. I tried explaining the plot to my mother after I was finished but I was crying to hard. She kept trying to remind me that it was just a book. I know that it is "just a book" but good books have a way of making the reader become attached to the characters and feel pain when those characters wither die, feel pain themselves, or the book ends. The Fault in Our Stars was a great book and I couldn't help but get attached.

So, if you haven't read this book, you should really give it a try. (I'll post the links to Amazon and John Green's website down below) If you have read the book, what did you think of it? I would love to know!

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