A Reader Opines: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published: April 8th 2014 by Speak (first published January 1st 2012)
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction | Contemporary
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reality often sucks. It’s near impossible to be Pollyannaesque individuals in today’s world. So, why would anyone want to read a work of fiction based on teenagers with cancer? For the subtleties, of course. Because immersing ourselves in the lives and deaths of characters at best has the potential to teach us compassion at worst it prepares us for what may unexpectedly come.

Blurb taken 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.

I began reading this book while waiting at the hospital to have tests run. When they called me back, I was loathe to put it down. The rest of the day was a study in patience as I fulfilled obligations. As soon as the last chore and task was complete, I jumped back into Hazel’s story and didn’t leave until the last page was turned.

Green has created very real characters. Three dimensional, multi-faceted characters who, unlike most of us, have a relationship with mortality. Death is their companion. Not a friend mind you, a chaperon waiting close by for the right moment to steal their last breath. And yet they live. Not for themselves, but for others. For each other.

The story is compelling and unfolds beautifully, despite its gravity. Pivotal moments are disbursed at a natural pace, unforced. As a lover of books, I’m smitten with the idea of one book and its author playing such a huge role in the characters’ lives. The weaving of wonder and disappointment, enchantment and hopelessness leads the reader on an emotional journey–one that is eerily realistic.

The Fault in Our Stars is an example of excellent storytelling. While the end wasn’t entirely unexpected, the getting there was enthralling and the undercurrents stick with you long after.

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