The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

410xubDVtRL“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…”

I warn you now – this is not so much a review; more an outpouring of love and admiration for a book that has already received gargantuan positive feedback. The Fault in Our Stars is filled with such hopeless beauty, such incandescent sadness, and such bitter reality.

It stars two normal teenagers – Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters – except they’re not normal. Both of them have cancer; Augustus is in remission, while Hazel is battling her terminal diagnosis. They meet at a cancer support group – an encounter that changes both of their lives irrevocably.

Rarely does a novel convey such deep, myriad emotions; it is fitting that Markus Zusak endorsed this book, because I have not cried so much since I read The Book Thief, and I have not since read words put together so beautifully – John’s thoughts are stars that definitely turned into constellations.

The dialogue – a mix of teenage colloquialisms and precocious monologues – and the story, and the characters – everything is perfect about this book.

The Fault in Our Stars will break you, but it will do in the best possible way. John Green, it was a privilege to have my heart broken by your words.

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