November 25, 2014

Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Published: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Hardcover: 313 pgs

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Pull out your box of tissues and bear with me:

1) A novel about teenagers living with cancer (*sob)
2) A romantic dra-medy about teenagers falling. Love (*sob sob)
3) A novel about two sick teenagers who fall in love and go in search of their favorite author to get him to finish his last book -- and they have to figure it out before one of them dies?! (*My tissues are all gone)

This book came into my life at the perfect time. I have spent the last three weeks scouring Netflix and television to find any decent rom-com. I have yet to find any that make me fall head-over-heels in love, but which also make me laugh and cry. All the films are either too cheesy, boring, or lacking chemistry between the two main characters. Then this book came into my world -- and it has never left. I literally laughed, cried (sobbed, actually), and sighed while turning the pages of this beautifully written, but-wrenching, heart-tugging story.

The dialogue is witty and hilarious. As a mom, the idea of my child living with cancer breaks my heart. The love story between Hazel Grace and Augustus mimics a real-life Romeo and Juliet type quality, but without all the drama. Actually, despite the fact that nearly everyone is dying, the author does an incredible job of taking everything slowly and bracing you for the inevitable. You're expecting it and yet you're not, and when it comes, your heart will literally rip in half.

Thank you, John Green, for writing a novel that I wanted to re-read as soon as I closed the book. What an incredible piece of work.

5 out of 5 stars!


Update: The film was released on DVD on September 16, 2014. Damn straight, I went and bought it the same day. As a I sat down, glass of wine in hand, box of tissues in the other, I fell in love all over again. The movie was done so perfectly (a rarity) - capturing my emotions to a tee and making me cry like a baby. Shaileen Woodley is an amazing actress and I will watch anything she makes after her incredible performance in this film.

Did you watch the film? Do you think it was as good as the book? Let me know!!

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