Author: John Green
Goodreads Summary & Cover:
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.
The Fault In Our Stars hurt my heart. Be prepared if you have not read this one yet and are planning to do so. Tissues will be needed. This book is definitely a must read!
TFIOS, although sad, had me laughing so much. I love the snark and banter between Hazel and Augustus. Even the banter between Augustus and Isaac (a mutual friend of H & A's) was great! All 3 of the teens were dealing with different types of cancer and different types of people in their lives. Hazel had been so sick, she didn't go to school. She had gotten her GED and was actually taking college classes. Augustus was still in school. Isaac was learning how to live being blind and losing his girlfriend. They found comfort with each other, mostly with bad jokes. Hehe
There was a book that was the center of this particular book. Augustus used his "wish" to take Hazel and her mom to Amsterdam to meet the author of the book she was so intrigued with. She needed answers to questions that weren't in the book. They had an amazing trip, despite the author, some hubba hubba time...and some bad news. I seriously had to close the book for a few minutes after having a "Wait. What?!?" moment.
I don't want to give anything away, but a book about cancer is not a happy book. Someone dies. Cancer is a bastard.
With that said, I also want to note that this book has some great quotes! I had so many chuckling moments. Thank you, John Green.
The Fault In Our Stars is so very worthy of a 5-Mickey (star) rating. So many feelings and great characters. I would totally date Augustus Waters!
The Fault In Our Stars satisfies a part of the Stand Alone Reading Challenge.