A year ago from January 10, 2013, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was released. If you don’t know by now I am in love with Mr. Green’s work, as it is all completely amazing. As a devoted Nerdfighter I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order this book before it first came out, and I actually own a signed copy of it. (I KNOW! SO COOL!) This novel has won many awards and titles, so many that I am not going to list them all, and the movie rights have actually been optioned by Fox 2000. So in honor of its one-year anniversary of being released, I have read TFiOS for the second time, and let me tell you that it was even better than the first time I read it.
This book is about Hazel, a sixteen year old girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when she was thirteen. Since then she has survived a miracle, and even though her lungs are not working properly like they should be, she no longer has the cancer. She is living the life of a “professional sick person” as Hazel calls it, lounging around her house and generally feeling depressed- that is, until she meets Augustus Waters, an eccentric boy who had cancer himself not too long ago. As Hazel and Augustus become friends, she learns that there is a lot more to life with sickness than being sick.
The Fault in Our Stars is truly something special. There are so many lessons and messages to take away from the story, and the writing itself is just amazing. One of my favorite quotes from this book is:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
Interestingly enough, TFiOS is one of those books that this quote is talking about, or at least it is for me. This novel is seriously filled with a million awesome quotes that you can pull out of it… my copy is highlighted and sticky-noted to oblivion. The writing is amazing, the plot is spectacular, the characters are so lifelike that by the end of the book you feel as though you have known them for much longer than 313 pages. Everything about this novel is wonderful. That’s really all there is to it.
If you only read one book in 2013, read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. You won’t be disappointed! Also, try reading his other novels: Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which is co-written with David Levithan).
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys (OBVIOUSLY.)
Would I recommend it to a friend?: OF COURSE!!!!