The Fault in our Stars - John Greene
Source: Personal copy
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
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.
To be fair a book about kids and cancer wasn't something I was willing to read however good the reviews were. It took one girl to speak about it as a story so warming, inspiring and beautiful that I respect her opinion to much when it comes to books not to at least try it.
It took me a good few days to actually fall into a steady rhythm with it. It started off pretty slow for my liking and I couldn't help in thinking as a YA book maybe it was a bit to clever in language. I know for a fact I would not have been able to have read and understand it fully at that age. Regardless of those two though, I honestly have to agree with Laura and say it is everything she said it was and a whole lot more. It has such an intelligent and immense plot and is written in a way that has you captivated with each word meaning something not just to the story but to your heart. Writing as a teenage girl, John Green sure did hit the nail on the head. The whole sense of teenage drama and thinking was brilliant. It is so utterly thought provoking and powerful it really is. And for a book about death and teenage cancer by god it's funny. It really, really is. It is perfectly balanced giving us the best of both worlds.
I'm really sorry, but this is not a book that a conventional review can be written for. I see that I'm just writing and nothing is right, and it's not what I'm wanting to say properly. It's so hard. Looking over my notes I came across this and I think maybe it will let you understand how raw a certain part of the book is and how much it affected me. I will finish on that too. If you've not already read this book, I urge you to do so, regardless of age.
• Okay so my heart is breaking! It hurts so much. I can never, ever, EVER live without David. The thought alone is crushing down on my chest and making it hard to breathe. It is making my back teeth grind harshly to stop a loud and selfish sob from making its way up from my soul. How can a book do this to you? How can a book be so beautiful, but be so crushing? John Green is the modern day Shakespeare. Augustus and Hazel will be beside Romeo and Juliet forever more.
Thank you Laura Lovelock (SheLovesToRead) for the recommendation.