The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Publishes in US: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Who knew that depressing and funny could be woven together so seamlessly and beautifully? Well, I didn't quite realize it until I started reading this awesome book by John Green. Hazel has this dry humor that I love, and Augustus is witty and blunt--it really does make for a sweet combo.
I really flew through this one and loved most everything about it. I enjoyed how sweet relationship between Hazel and Gus, plus their friendship with Isaac. The conversations were so realistic, and made me laugh. Both Hazel and Gus' parents were every kind of amazing and involved. I loved the side quest with the author Houten. He was hateful and disappointing but inspiring somehow all at the same time. The characters are amazingly flawed and maybe that is what made me love it.
It was very down at times but that made it all the more realistic... It is about kids dying and fighting cancer, and cancer sucks. And let's face it, life sucks sometimes too. And Green embraces that through his writing.
I really don't have a lot to add except that it is powerful and I recommend it. There are so many glowing reviews, well deserved.Bottom Line: Deliciously heart wrenching and hilarious.
Books similar to The Fault in Our Stars: anything Lurlene McDaniel, Girl Next Door by Castrovilla, Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe, Radiate by Marley Gibson, Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce (links go to my review)
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could fall in love with someone who has cancer?