Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year of Release: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 14 356759 2
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 us about to be completely rewritten.
From the New York Times Bestselling Author of Looking For Alaska, comes an incredible story of bravery, true love and terminal illnesses, a story that will leave you heartbroken and amazed at the same time. After announcing that I had finished reading this book (in less than two days, I think that's a record), the first thing my friend said to me (who has also read it), was 'Are you going to be okay?!'
This book is incredible. Amazing. Though-provoking. Un-put-down-able. I cried, laughed, then cried again, then laughed again, then stared blankly at my bedroom wall while I tried to figure out why life was so hard, then laughed and cried again as I started a new chapter. Other than star-crossed love, the main issue addressed in this book is cancer and how it affects the lives of not only the person suffering from the illness, but also those who love them. The honest way the book is written touches readers with the right amount of emotional acuity and precision.
There were love scenes, cancer stories, deep conversations, early phone calls and a fixation on An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (not a real book FYI, I googled it) The Fault In Our Stars can easily be named one of the best young adult literature books around. After reading about An Imperial Affliction within the pages of The Fault In Our Stars I wanted to know if it was a book that actually existed. After a thorough Google search, I concluded that this book is made up. But what a task, to create a book within a book and to make the author of said book seem so real. When reading about Peter Van Houten in The Fault In Our Stars, I thought it was a little weird to portray an actual real-life author in a book, until I found out that he actually does not exist, he's just a fictional character from the incredible mind of John Green. The Fault In Our Stars even begins with a quote from this book!
I'm going to wrap this review up here by saying that you should go out and get yourself a copy of this book, a cup of tea and a box and tissues and prepare yourself for a riveting read.