“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
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.
As is often the way for me, I’d seen and heard of this book for a while, but until I saw it was becoming a film, it really held no interest for me. However, I often think, that if a book is being made into a movie – someone, somewhere, thinks its awesome. That’s one of the reasons I read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Divergent“. Admittedly, it doesn’t always mean the book is good – it certainly doesn’t mean that the movie is either. But it piques my interest at least, and that’s exactly what happened with “The Fault in Our Stars”.
The same as every book I review, I don’t want to give too much away and I certainly don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. However I do want to start off by saying, I loved this book and I did, despite knowing it was going to be sad from the get go, sob right through the second half of it. Even though it took me a little while to get going – sometimes its hard to settle into a book, only reading a few pages at a time – once I properly got going, it was a definite page turner. I’d idled over it for maybe a week, on and off, but when I finally had time to sit and read it solidly, that’s exactly what I did. In fact, the kids will tell you I barely moved from the sofa for about 4 hours, crying through most of that.
As you would expect, with the subject matter being cancer, the book is not supposed to be especially cheerful. However its really well written, easy to read and like I said before, a real page turner. Though I felt like I knew what the plot would be from the beginning, I was pleasantly surprised to find plot twists that I didn’t expect. This definitely added to the sadness of the book though. There were also moments in the book, when I wondered (and worried) that the plot would be left on a bit of a cliffhanger, a little like Hazel’s favourite book. I’m glad to say it wasn’t though and while saddened, I was content with the ending.
If you haven’t read this book and have been considering it, I definitely recommend you do. Even if you hadn’t considered it, you should. Now I’m going to have to watch the movie and see how it compares, though in my past experiences, especially with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” the movie wasn’t a patch on the book!