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The Fault in our Stars by John Green-- book review.

Book review By: maddioreo
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A book summer of TFioS written by a fan of the book.


Submitted:May 21, 2013    Reads: 41    Comments: 1    Likes: 1   


May potentially contain spoilers.
This novel is about Hazel Grace, an ordinary girl with not so ordinary lungs due to terminal cancer. "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because rarely left the house, spent a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death." After this powerful, realistic hook, John Green gives you a taste of what it's like to be with an incurable disease, not that it makes you a bump on a log, but Hazel, as the narrator, tells her readers, "But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying," which, if the first sentence didn't hook you enough, I'm sure by now, you're about to skip the prayer and dig straight in to the main course. You know when your mom or dad forces you to go to some place where you're meant to be social, even if all you talk about is the kind of cancer people have, who's died of cancer, and you beinng forced to think, "I have a 1/5 chance of dying from cancer, so I have to outlive atleast 4 of these people!" or even about when you think about the list of people who've died from cancer, and think about when your name is at the bottom, and already no one is paying attention to hear Patrick, the ballless cancer support group leader, call "Hazel Grace Lancaster".
Hazel Grace is an oppinonated, for better, and doubtful, for worse. She realizes the world for what it is, which is why I have no surprise of what Hazel says, when replying to the handsome Augustus Water's fear of obliviation. "There will come a time," I said, "when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this"-I gestured encompassingly-"will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God know that's what everyone else does." (12-13) Mind you, that's just a glimpse of one side of the Hazel we see in this book. We see her in sadness, tears and all, happiness, humorous, romantic, and many more.
After support group, the dreamy guy, Augustus "gus" Waters who had totally stared at her in the nonrude way, talked to her and asked her to go see V for Vendetta at his place, and she almost said no, given he's a stranger, and then she was sure fire saying no when he stuck the cigerette between his teeth. This isn't an exact quote, so I won't put it in quotations, but Hazel is infuriated. She says bluntly, 'When a boy who is not unattractive or unintelligent states at me, there is always a hamartia! You had cancer! You give money to a company in exchange to maybe get cancer again!" Which was indeed my favorite quote, until just after I read from Gus, "They don't kill you unless you light one, And I've never lit one. It's metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing." So, after this, she goes to Gus's home, watches V for Vendetta, in the living room with him, and has dinner with his family. Gus and Hazel have a book swap, where she gives him An Imperrial Affliction by Peter Van Houten, and Augustus gives her the book The Price of Dawn. They promised they'd talk whenever they finished the book, Hazel finished it within maybe 2 days max, and I'm not sure about Augustus. When Augustus drove Hazel home, she told him she'd call him, but given he hadn't directly given Hazel his phone number, he asked how she'd have his number, and she said she already knew it was on the cover of The Price of Dawn.
So, after all this mushy stuff which should not be skipped, but cannot be put into words without quoting directly the whole part, a few trips to the hospital, we find out big news! They're going to Amsterdam. At the picnic, gus asked something about how many boyfriends she'd have that were covering her to travel half way across the world, to meet her favorite author, which of course, wasn't just her favorite author now, but his too. They both wanted answers to the end of An Imperial Affliction, because it ended midsentence, because protagonist Anna died, or got too sick to carry on. On the airplane, what was thought to be unbelievable happened, Augustus confessed his love for Hazel in the most heart warming fashion, I believe it was on the way there. While they were there, Hazel and Augustus enjoyed the view of how lively amsterdam is. After eating at a restaraunt where they were served wine (Cancer perks, they said), they went back to their hotel, and then when they woke up, they went to a cafe`, which was open to view the amsterdam streets where they saw cyclist, children, cars, people walking, and more. They also went to a river, I assume, where they had one of those romantic but not romantic moments. When at Peter Van Houten's house, they swore he had a teenager that enjoyed sweddish rap, which to them sounded like crap, but it turns out the only teenager was Van Houten, himself, of course he wasn't really a teenager though. Aparently, him inviting them to Amsterdam for a book sequel was really just an empty gesture. He turned out to be a total jerk, and you got to see the angry side of Hazel.
So after the awful Peter Van Houten situation, his assistant take Gus and Hazel to the Anne Frank house, where they walk up a ton of stares, have an amazing time even still, and expirience their first kiss together, when suddenly everyone around them clapped for their kiss. First, Hazel was reluctant about the kiss, given the location, but she assumed Anne would want her too, and even Anne kissed in the Anne Frank home. So, after their first kiss, they went back to Augustus's hotel, and does who knows what, which I assume we know what, but I'm not going into details. After that situation, Hazel draws Gus a diagram, which is kind of super cute because he had her draw an oposite diagram in the beginning. Of course, they can't stay in Amsterdam forever, so they come home.
What happens after Amsterdam though, is for me and other readers to know, and you to find out, but unless you're a robot, the waterworks will be turned on.
I admire that Hazel's parents weren't pushed to the side, or set as an example of total annoyance, for proof, …then Dad said, "You know what I believe? I remember in college I was taking this math class, this really great math class taught by this tiny old woman. She was talking about fast Fourier transforms and she stopped midsentence and said, 'Sometimes it seems the universe wants to be noticed.' --"That's what I believe. I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?"
It's a beautiful thing, also, how John Green doesn't give either Gus or Hazel a voice he'd give himself, he gave them the voice of a 16-17 year old kids, of course majorly affected by cancer too. I really enjoyed this book, although I wish the end gave more than just a letter. So, after the tears, giggles, smiles, and frustration this book has caused for me and many other readers, I highly recommend anyone around 14+ read it.
I think it'll do the book justice, and if you read you'll understand, if I end with, "Okay."




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