If you read one book this year, let it be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
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.
The Fault in Our Stars was my first encounter with John Green’s writing. What can I say about it? His writing enchanted me to the point of no return. In spite of the sad nature of the book, I found that I had a smile on my face nearly the entire time I read it. Of course I also shed many tears and felt so deeply for Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. I fell in love with their love. I fell in love with their wit, their ‘smarts’, and their conversation.
Their story is one that I am thankful I read. I related to them more so than I thought and I learned so much about life, about living, and about love. I learned about the importance of taking pleasure in the simple things of life and enjoying every single one of them.
This book touched me so deeply that it left me with a scar — I am forever changed because of this book. Bold statement, I know but it is true nonetheless. It is one of those books that I don’t want to share. Hazel put my feelings about this book perfectly:
“And then there are books…which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.” (Page 33)
The Fault in Our Stars is too special to share, but share it I must.
Please, read it.