Summary from GoodReads:
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.
I often hear people talk about reading outside their comfort zone. Well, The Fault in Our Stars is so far outside my comfort zone; I normally wouldn’t go near a book like this with ten foot pole. I know, that sounds extreme, and before any nerdfighters/John Green fans start throwing tomatoes, let me explain. I know John Green is an amazing writer, and I know he is ridiculously talented. But I do not enjoy books that I know will be sad. And when I say I don’t enjoy them, I pretty much mean I hate them. I know some people find that kind of story cathartic, but I just feel depressed. For weeks. I can’t sleep, I can’t stop thinking about how sad it was. Not really a fun experience.
But, it is John Green! I love John and Hank Green’s youtube channel, vlogbrothers, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. I knew I needed to read it but I kept putting it off. Finally I decided to read it via audiobook, even though I heard some people say the audiobook wasn’t good. I actually liked the narrator, though, particularly her voice for Hazel.
I am really glad that I finally read this book. Is it sad? You betcha. Did I look up the plot before I read the book? Yep. I know, that sounds awful, but I needed to prepare myself. But knowing the ending didn’t make this book any less amazing! The characters in The Fault in Our Stars are so well-developed. Hazel and Augustus were so realistic, and just so nice. Sure, some things they said were a little difficult to imagine teens saying, but who knows, maybe some teens do talk like that. And let’s face it, these are not your typical teens.
The secondary characters were wonderfully developed as well. I particularly liked Gus’s best friend Isaac. But Hazel’s mother was wonderful too. And although I didn’t really like Peter Von Hauten as a character, he had a distinct personality, and everything he said, I could picture him saying.
Anyway, I do recommend this to everyone (if there is anyone out there that hasn’t read it). Be prepared to be blown away by John Green’s talent, but also have a couple boxes of tissues close at hand.