Book Blurb: 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.
My Opinion: I was so excited to read this book. Knowing that this is a book about cancer, this probably makes me sound like a horrible person, but hear me out. You probably read my review for Looking for Alaska, right? It touched me. A lot. And being a chronic illness sufferer, I felt like The Fault in Our Stars was going to reach inside and tear me apart. I was a little disappointed.
I was warned thoroughly that I would cry, and I didn’t. I think that signified a lack of emotional connection to the characters, or perhaps too much knowledge going in.
The romance in the book was far too much for me. It was trite.
However, John Green did hit the nail on the head with one thing. One of the recurring themes in The Fault in Our Stars is that people are people. Sick people are still people. As a person with a chronic illness, this is something I have struggled with so much. So to see it in print, and to see it where young adults will read it and it will hopefully impact a new generation to a different way of thinking… it made me happy.
Once again, John Green continues with his fantastically written prose that almost makes the mouth water. His characters still read fairly realistically in spite of the trite romance. The other relationships (between parents, siblings, etc.) were very realistic.
Bottom Line: More flawed than the last book of his I read, but still enjoyable.