The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Rating – 5+

Ah, John Green, the things you do to me.  If you aren’t prepared for heartbreak, continue scrolling – this is not the book for you.  If you are ready to have your heart torn to shreds and ask for more, you will definitely be interested.

Hazel Grace is terminal.  She is currently being treated with a miracle drug that has granted her a few extra years, but there is no doubt about it, cancer will end her life too soon.  What do you do when your child is dying?  How can you possibly help her cope?  For Hazel’s parents, cancer support group seems like a good idea.  For Hazel, not so much.  However, when she meets Augustus Waters at said support group, things seem to take a new turn.

This book follows Hazel and Augustus through the harsh reality of cancer.  You are forced to face the reality of kids dying too young, families at a loss of how to cope, and the unbelievably awful reality of life with cancer.  Sounds terrible, right?  Why would anyone read this depressing fiction?  Well, tied in there, you also get to explore the amazingness of first love, the bonds of friendship, and the love of family.  That’s where he gets you.  If the whole book was depressing, you could walk away.  Instead these characters are so beautiful you can’t help but read on.  Green has taken a topic so tragic and found immense beauty within.  As I read, I laughed out loud, swooned, and cried.  I’m not talking a soft tear trickling down my cheek, we are talking full on ugly cry.  I absolutely love this book.  

Green’s writing is always top notch.  This story is no different.  It is well developed, beautifully paced, and has the perfect twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.  The main characters feel like your best friends you know them so well.  And let’s not forget the secondary characters.  They are well developed and thoughtfully included to reflect their own personalities and their roles within the lives of the main characters.  

I cannot find one flaw in this book. 5+ rating isn’t nearly enough.  Seriously, if you haven’t purchased this yet I’m not sure what you are waiting for.

This book was also made into a movie.  While the movie was beautifully done, don’t skip the book.  It will be well worth your time to enjoy both.