Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

John Green says that there will be no spoilers and so there will be no spoilers. Know that this book is way beyond awesome and that you must read it - if you haven't already. Read it as soon as you get your hands on it and don't try to stop reading it because you won't be able to. This story is so magnificently tragic and horribly beautiful at the same time. I can only compare it to a car crash, and the bits of broken glass that remain on the road and sparkle in light. Please, read this book, it will open your mind, forever.

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