— BLURB —
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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
— MY REVIEW —
⚠ WARNING WARNING WARNING ⚠
Read at own risk!
Some (probably most) of you guys will probably hate or disagree with my review of this book and that’s cool. Completely understandable. But I can’t help how I feel about it.
I’ll get straight down to business. I was seriously struggling with this book for the most part. I couldn’t really connect with it. I know this book is loved by many but unfortunately I was not one of them. I mean, I was reading it and I was understanding what she was going through, her thoughts, her feelings but I just couldn’t (for the lack of a better word) connect. Ugh! I really wished I liked it as much as everyone else had. Maybe it was the genre. I usually only read fantasy fiction and this was really one of my first contemporary reads ever. Maybe that’s it and The Fault In Ours Stars was the “casualty” in me trying to expand my book genres.
When I started reading this book, and got up to the part where Hazel Grace and Augustus met. Although it seemed like it was Hazel who would eventually die by the end of the book, I knew then already that it would be Gus instead. It just seemed in a way too good to be true. Him being okay now and strong and “normal”?
Which I think really was the main reason why I wanted to finish this book. Although this was Hazel Grace’s story (her point of view), I felt more interested in Augustus’ parts in it.
[Sidenote]: I loved Augustus’ friendship with Isaac (another boy from the cancer group who became blind from his cancer). And I love how Hazel Grace and Isaac continued with the stuff Isaac usually did with Gus e.g. play video games and joke around. 😊
When I posted a pic of this book on my bookstagram and advising others it was going to be my next read, I was warned it would make me cry, to make sure to have tissues nearby and that it was one of the best books they’ve ever read…
I can tell you now, from Chapters 1-19 I was reading and trying to get through it but in my mind I was thinking “I thought I would be crying by now!?” Well boy I practically asked for it. By the start of Chapter 20 I was crying. Not watery-eyed, not a tear or two but full on crying! Thank goodness I did have the tissues nearby. Hehe.
The last five chapters saved this read for me. I may have been a blubbering mess but I was finally hooked. By the end I was sad for two main reasons:
1.) Gus died. Quite quickly I thought. The minute he told Hazel that he had cancer again, it just went downhill from there. (Which I thought was written realistically but still a shitty thing to happen).
2.) It ends with Augustus’ eulogy for Hazel Grace and her saying “I do.” I wasn’t really satisfied with this ending. I wanted to know what happens to her. I mean yeah sure I can probably figure it out or use my imagination but still… (Now I know how Hazel and Gus felt about An Imperial Affliction having a lack of ending). Sigh.
It wasn’t my cup of tea but still worth the read and I have no regrets. 🙂 I know others will love it! (And there’s certainly a huge John Green following that love all his books and this one will be no different).
Thanks for stopping by. Catch you in my next one! Xo