Book Sixteen of 2012: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by JOHN GREEN

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.

If I had read the back of this book before picking it up, I would never have read it. There is something about death and dying that alienates people and scares others away from the harsh realities surrounding it. For me, I am Thanatophobic (afraid of dying). I have literal anxiety attacks when faced with anything concerning death. Because of that, I would never have chosen to have read this book.

That said, The Fault in Our Stars is phenomenal. It truly is a book that encompasses the human nature and brings out a humor and reality to death that I would never have thought of. For many of us, death is something to fear, but this book does bring up thoughts beyond that. I loved the main characters. Hazel Grace has a personality that is close to mine. She is funny and intelligent and brings out her humor in a sarcastic witty way. Augustus Waters has the charismatic personality that makes you love him every time he opens his mouth.

I got this book at the library and unfortunately, I will have to return it now. That said, I will be wanting a copy in my own bookshelf. There isn’t a part in the book that I wasn’t smiling. I would be crying out, but I continued to smile. This book is simple and yet complex. It is pure human.

Just one of the many quotes this book has to offer. It isn’t even my favorite. My favorite would only become a spoiler. And though Hazel Grace spoils some books, I could not.

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