Let me just start off by saying that this book was really good, but not as good as everyone made it out to be. I really did enjoy it; however, it wasn’t the life changing novel I was told it was. Maybe people played it up too much for me. I was expecting more than I got. Most people give it five stars on Goodreads, but I only gave it four. *hides from the mob of John Greene worshipers*
Like I said, I really liked this book. Well, audio book. I listened to it during a road trip last weekend. and I found it to be humourous, witty, happy, sad, tragic, you name it! It wasn’t like other books about kids with Cancer. In fact, the main character in The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel, makes fun of cancer-kid literature on a regular basis.
Because I don’t have the physical copy of the book to reference I can’t go back and look up the details, so the basic plot is this: Hazel is living with cancer. She meets a hot boy, Augustus Waters, at support group who is in remission from a type of bone cancer. They flirt, become friends, more than friends. They help their friend adjust to being blind, struggle through Hazel’s trip to the ICU. Hazel feels she is “a grenade” because she could up and die any time and doesn’t want to hurt anyone. She wants to basically be a hermit and distance herself from everyone so no one will miss her when she dies. Both Hazel and Augustus love the book An Imperial Affliction by Peter von Houten (which is not a real book, unfortunately…) and as Augustus’s wish from the Wish Foundation he takes Hazel overseas to meet him. Their meeting doesn’t go as planned and they are both disappointed. During the trip Augustus tells Hazel that he has relapsed and his cancer has spread almost everywhere. So the rest of the book is about Augustus’s deterioration, and Hazel trying to help him, and then eventually, Hazel coping with his death.
I love the humour and the witty dialogue in this book, and while it was sad, sad enough to make me choke up with dammed up tears, I didn’t feel heartbroken at the end. I was thinking about it a lot, and I think it is because Hazel is okay with Augustus dying. Or at least she will be. This made me okay, too. Maybe, had I read the physical book instead of listening to the audio book my emotions about this book would be different.
That’s really all I can say about The Fault in Our Stars. It was good, not amazing, but good.