Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Everyone who has ever read The Fault in our Stars by John Green told me I needed to read it. I put it on my to-read list and ignored it for over two years. I knew it was about cancer, I knew it would make me sad and I wanted to avoid the imminent depression that I assumed it would bring.  Then last Tuesday I gave in.

Not only is The Fault in our Starts about cancer and hope, it's a love story. I found Hazel to be an amazing narrator. She had me laughing at her inappropriate comments, sighing in frustration when those around her upset her, and falling in love with Augustus as quickly as she did. Besides just learning about the extraordinary amount of strength these characters had, John Green shared their quirkiness with readers which was even more of a gift. Hazel was one of those characters that I related to without actually having anything in common with. She told her story and I was hooked from beginning to end.

Augustus (Gus) was an amazing character in this story. He of course had his faults but seemed like the ultimate perfect match for Hazel. The two of them connected on a level that other people in their world just couldn't understand, and it was fantastic. I knew something was wrong when Hazel and Gus were in Amsterdam and she put her head on his shoulder, without spoiling it for anybody- I knew what the ending was going to be by just that small moment.

Even though I cried through a good portion of this novel, it will forever be one of my favorite books. If you haven't read it, then please do!

I will leave you with a quote from Hazel Grace Lancaster herself, "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 

Have a great day everybody!

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