Originally posted on my previous blog – this post has been edited for spelling mistakes/clarity
Hazel is 16, a typical teenager with Stage IV thyroid cancer. She was due to die when she was diagnosed at 12 but after a medical miracle at 14, she is on borrowed time – connected forever to an oxygen tank to help her ‘crap lungs’. Enter Augustus Waters, a 17 year-old remission who suddenly appears at her Cancer Support Group. 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 she may leave behind.
My first reaction after reading this was mostly “Why on earth did I not read this sooner?!”
When you start this book and are introduced to the extraordinary characters of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, there is this little nagging feeling deep down, where you think you know exactly how it will end. In some ways, this book – both its writing to begin with and the hype surrounding it – seems to have been evolved out of cliches, books like My Sister’s Keeper and The Notebook coming to mind throughout, waiting for something bitterly terrible to happen.
However, John Green is no cliche and about 70% of the way through, this book blossoms into something incredible, something that changes the narration, your thoughts and ultimately, your emotions about this book.
At no point in this novel does the narrative dip, it continues to be compelling, beautiful yet quirky in its plot and characters. I was hooked from the first sentence and only got thrown out the other end at this book’s finale with awe.
There is not much else I can say. While some may avoid this book because of the hype that surrounds it, I promise you that you will not be disappointed by how brilliant this book. I’ll leave you with the quote that inspires it title:
‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves’
I give it 5 out of 5