The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Book
Overview: Hazel Grace has terminal cancer. Hazel knows that the only thing that is certain is that they cannot know how long she has to live. Ever since leaving school three years before, she became somewhat of a homebody with a love for never ending marathons of Top Chef and Project Runway and mainly left the house to go to the support group her mother forced her to attend. That is where she meets Augustus. Augustus Waters was supposed to have beat his cancer battle only at the loss of his leg. With a glowing prognosis, Hazel is weary of letting Augustus get too close to her given that she is weary of hurting anymore people when she passes, which is an inevitable fact of Hazel's life. Slowly, their bond, aided by their mutual love and curiosity about An Imperial Affliction, grows and Hazel realizes that falling in love is something that cannot be stopped or controlled, and when she opens herself up to experiencing it she falls for Augustas too. They get to experience dreams with each other that neither thought were possible, but in the end, escaping something they both know is inescapable is not an option. They are left to love each other through thick and thin and living with the fact that just being alive with each other is enough. Overall: 5
Characters: 5 As with any writer who can truly write Green is able to bring a great cast of characters to the plot. Hazel makes a great narrator for the story and keeps the book a story about a boy and a girl who just happen to have cancer. Her voice is sarcastic, hilarious, intelligent, and carries a tone that makes me wish she was my best friend. Augustus is the perfect answer to Hazel but never in a cheesy, too perfect way. The supporting cast plays their roles perfectly adding either grounding or a far fetched dose of whimsy to the story.
Plot: 5 The story serves Hazel Grace's evolution. She grows from accepting her home as her boundary to exploring Amsterdam in search of answers to be book that ended mid sentence. Some parts seemed a bit fantastic to be real, but Green's writing carried a sense of groundedness that made you buy some of the more extraordinary happening and characters.
Writing: 5 Before I get into praising Green's phenomenal writing skills as I did with Paper Towns, let me tell a story. When the book first had its flash of popularity, I was too young to read it, but my mom did. And one day I remember walking into the living room to see her, Kindle in lap, sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, crying. As for any little kid, seeing a parent cry is rather alarming, and she had to explain to me that it was a sad book and not anything I could fix. While, I didn't outwardly cry, the writing moved me both in content and style. For a book that sets in the readers mind it will be sad, solely based on the one definitive thing they know about the narrator from the summary, the book made me smile, laugh, and swoon. It also made me think and contemplate right along with the characters. And I applaud Green for writing with such a purpose and delivering such a brilliant execution.
Links of Interest:
Week 30 Part 1: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/10/weekly-reviews-and-recommendations-week_11.html
Looking For Alaska: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/07/reviews-and-recommendations-week-16.html
Paper Towns: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/05/weekly-reviews-and-recommendations-week_21.html
An Abundance of Katherines: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/06/weekly-reviews-and-recommendations-week_25.html