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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"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 Review:
I was teetering back and forth on whether to give this a four or five star rating. Based off of the everlasting explosive feelings I get after reading a five star book, I of course gave this a five. How would you live your days if you knew they were numbered? How do you cope? Would you brood and complain about it, or would you "live your best life today?". The Fault in our Stars is really a great book that takes a situation like cancer and delivers it in a simplistic deeply thought out, heartwarming journey. The fast paced romance of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and, coming from a movie standpoint, 'My Girl'. The story is full of humor, love, philosophy and grief as Hazel and ourselves learn that, as Shakespeare put it, the fault is indeed not in our stars, but in ourselves.

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"'Why are you looking at me like that?'
      Augustus half smiled. 'Because you're beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.' A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: 'I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.'" (16)

"You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice..." (209)

HardcoverFirst Edition318 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books

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