February 23, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Publisher’s summary: 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.

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My take: Oh! Em! Gee!!! I blew through this book! It was a very quick read and it was amazing! So this is my first dive into YA contemporary, and I’m so unbelievably happy that I picked The Fault in Our Stars to be my first in this genre because it was freakin’ awesome!

So, first of all, I read The Fault in Our Stars in audio. But I was so caught up in the story that for the last few hours I listened to the book, I also followed along in my signed hardcover (thanks to Kristina.) The audio was fabulous, and the audio reader really did this book justice!!!

The one thing I have to say for sure is that I was a major hot mess while reading this dang book. I was like full on ugly crying for the last TWO HOURS of reading this freakin’ book. Yep, I was sobbing so much that I had to blow my nose more than a few times. I actually had to have a full roll of toilet paper sitting with me on my bed, and I even had to use an empty box next to my bed as a trash can. Yeah, there were a few moments where I was only just tearing up a little, but once I got to this one particular, DANG part, I was full on sobbing! And then I just couldn’t stop! It was bad! Like really, Really, REALLY bad. And, then, even when there were really funny parts in the book after that (and there were a LOT of funny parts!) I would be laughing while I was STILL crying. Thank goodness that no one was watching! I can honestly say that I’ve never been that emotional over a book before. I think the only movie/book I’ve ever cried that hard over is the movie A Beautiful Mind, but that’s only because the story to A Beautiful Mind hits me really close to home.

In fact, The Fault in Our Stars made such an emotional impact on me that, at one point (when I was feeling awful over the realization that Grace wouldn’t be a qualified candidate to receive a lung transplant because she was too sick), I thought that when I die I want to make sure I donate my lungs ONLY to someone who’s too sick to be a transplant candidate!

I need to confess my love, heart and soul to Augustus Waters! I’m not a poem writer or even a poem reader, but he makes me want to write poetry dedicated only to him! I love you Augustus Waters. LOL!

I guess I should talk about all the other awesome characters, other than Augustus Waters. I love Hazel Grace Lancaster as well! Reading from the first-person POV of Hazel was perfect! Her thought process kept the story extremely entertaining. And another one of my fave characters is, of course, Isaac. He adds just the right touch to the story. All of the characters in this book were very well developed…to the point where, even if we got to see a character only briefly, their character was very vividly developed in my mind.

This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, but make sure you keep more than a few tissues handy.

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11 comments:

Little Miss Becky said...

Oh dear...I fear that now you've read it, I may be the ACTUAL very last person who hasn't! :D Glad to hear you loved it!

Nancy said...

I was the exact same way! People were raving about this book and I decided to finally read it. I am SO glad I did, It is one of my absolutely favorite books. It was funny, sad, so emotional I fell in love with the characters. It killed me. I was ugly crying and so thankful I was alone. Beautiful book.

The Autumn Review said...

You read a contemporary!!!!! Great pick for your first, although now the bar is set rather high! LOL Glad you loved this. <3

Nago said...

I had to read it for Battle of the Books at my school and I wounded up locked in my bedroom with a tissue box and my cat because of it. I hadn't expected to actually like this book. Ending was painful, right? That was what made me cry the most.

Alba said...

ahhhhhh
I need NEED to get to the part in which I actually read this book but my emotions and my soul might not make it...
I don't think I'm ready just yet.

Everyone's loved it though :')

Sarah Johnson said...

I can't believe I still haven't read this or any of Green's books.

Tales of the Ravenous Reader said...

You cannot imagine how happy I am that you have read this book. I absolutely love, love, loved it and am glad that you got to ugly cry over this wonderful book.

Vy said...

This has to be one of my favorite reads of all time. It was a hardcore sobfest when I was reading this. SO MANY FEELS. And Augustus Waters is just so amazing. So glad you loved this!

Mirza Ghalib said...

This book forces you to think hard about the world and our place in it. It is a story that will fill you with hope and break your heart at the same time. Reading this book will take your emotions on a huge roller-coaster ride. I very stongly recommend buying The Fault in Our Stars.

Kent Search Engine Optimization said...

Great review! I read this one before all of the hype started and really enjoyed it.

Fishing Lodges Alaska said...

I loved this book. I cried, laughed, smiled, and was blown away. And, of course, I fell in love with Augustus Waters.

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