Published By: Dutton Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Date Read: January 14, 2014
Genre: YA - Realistic Fiction
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.
First off let me just say that this book has been sat on my shelf for so long and I never dared pick it up... for a good reason. I am seriously the most emotional person ever and I cry at everything. Having said that this book broke me. Like seriously... I don't think I have ever cried so much in my entire life.
Hazel is terminal. She knows she will never live into full adulthood. While at Cancer Kid Support Group Hazel meets the gorgeous Augustus Waters, and her life changes. Entering into this incredibly friendship and romance with Augustus Hazel knows that it can't last forever. She doesn't want to leave Augustus by dying but can she really step away from the only joy she has ever known?
This was the first John Green book I read and it was also the first audiobook that I listened to. The narrator was superb and she really brought a great voice to Hazel and portrayed her perfectly. For my first audiobook I am very very impressed. As for it being my first John Green book it is one of the most moving and emotional books I have ever read. It is incredibly well written and so thought-provoking and moving. I will most definitely be looking out more of John Green's books... though not before staking my freezer with Ben and Jerry's for the after-effects.
Hazel and Augustus are two of the best characters I have ever read about. Their love of books really made me identify with them. This was an incredibly clever move on John Green's part. Who would be reading this book? Book lovers so let's make both our protagonists book lovers so they identify with them. It worked and I just loved both of them. Hazel was such a strong character. She is dying having terminal cancer and not able to go anywhere without her oxygen tank yet she is so strong and looks at the positive in everything which is just so admirable in her. Augustus is just the epitome of awesome. I just adore him. He is such a sweetheart and the more and more I read the more I fell in love with him.
The Fault in our Stars was the book that I had wanted to read for forever but never picked it up because I knew it would break me... and it did. With John Green's powerful words my heart was in a vice and I could feel him slowly squeezing the life out of it the more I read until he ripped it out and splintered it into a million pieces. This book utterly broke my heart but it is still one of the most beautiful and incredible books I have ever read. I would most definitely suggest it to everybody... as long as you have tissues and comfort food for afterwards.