Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Over vacation I got the chance to delve completely into a good book and immerse myself in the story without having to worry about reading some psych textbook or doing a paper. It was so wonderful that I read two books, the first of which was John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

The Fault in our Stars is about two young people with cancer who meet each other at a cancer support group. Hazel, the main character, has a cancer that makes her lungs not work so she has to carry around an oxygen tank. Augustus had a very special cancer which took his leg but is now in remission. The two meet at this incredibly boring support group for teens and connect instantly. They share books and Hazel`s favourite become a focus of the novel when the two are searching for answers from the author. Over the course the two fall in love but of course, as the title suggests, their stars are crossed. That`s all I will tell you for now, so not to spoil anything.

The Fault in Our Stars was an incredible book. It didn`t exactly go where I was expecting when I first picked up the book but I loved it anyways. John Green writes so beautifully and I found myself constantly searching for a highlighter so I could remember a quote from this book. You easily fall in love with his characters and this book was so touching that I was actually lying by the pool and crying. This says something because I very rarely cry at books.

Here are a couple of my favourite quotes from The Fault in Our Stars:

"Why are you looking at me like that?"
Augustus half smiled. "Because you're beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to dent myself the simpler pleasures of existence." (Green, 16).

"I'm in love with you and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout to the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know that sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." (Green, 153).

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once." (Green, 125).

Those are just a few of the beautiful words that still make me feel weepy when I read them. I highly recommend this book.

Next week: Looking for Alaska (another John Green novel- get excited, it's wonderful too!)


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