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.
By now you all should know about my dislike for contemporary books. They don’t really work for me, and therefore, I avoid them like the plague. I made a deal with myself recently, though: I was not allowed to watch The Fault in Our Stars movie until I read the book. So I put myself on hold for it, and after waiting over three months starting out at number 70 something on the holds list, I finally read the book.
Words can not express my feelings for TFIOS. It was an intense book that provided me with a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I cried harder, and then I bawled. After finishing the book, I was left with such a hollow feeling on the inside that I’m not quite sure if I’ll ever recover.
I became attached to TFIOS from the very first page. Very seldom do I encounter magnificent writing styles like that of John Green’s, and I was absolutely blown away by the power he transmitted into his words. Even when I wasn’t crying, my heart was breaking from the rawness that was instilled in ever page.
The two main characters, Hazel and Gus, told one of the most epic love stories that I’ve ever had the chance to read about. Following their romance from start to finish was something very special to experience. I’m very excited and nervous to watch that romance on screen. They were just special. There’s no other word for them.
I have to be honest, there were a couple flaws that I did encounter with this book. First, there were a lot of words thrown around that not only did I not know how to pronounce, but I also didn’t know what they meant. Thankfully, I was reading on my Kindle and could look up the definition right there. However, if I had been reading a hardcopy, I would have been really annoyed to have to look up every single word that I didn’t understand.
Another downside of the book for me personally was smack dab in the middle when they go to Amsterdam. I was just a little bored during that section. However, I wouldn’t get rid of that section because it’s an essential plotline for the rest of the story.
I started to get a little nervous about 50% of the way through TFIOS because I just wasn’t crying. My heart was breaking, but I wasn’t feeling enough emotion to bawl my eyes out. Thankfully, I’m not a heartless bitch, and I started bawling about two seconds after that and continued to do so until the very end of the book. Thank you for all of you who warned me to have tissues nearby! I did use some of those.
Basically, TFIOS is a book champion. I loved it. I love John Green. I love…..everything about this book. I wish that I could gush about it more, but I’m honestly just a little exhausted after finishing it. I also want to quickly mention that the ending of this book is perfect. Absolutely freaking perfect. It ended just how I wanted it to. I just…yeah…….the feels!
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Rating: [rating: 5]
Teaser Quote: “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”