Monday, 29 - 07 - 2013
*NO SPOILERS (yet)*
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was originally suggested to me by one of my best friends. Her face lit up as she demanded that I read it. Since the book was high up on her favorites list, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. When I ventured out to Barnes and Noble, I noticed that there was a huge TFiOS poster in the window. It advertised TFiOS t-shirts, gift cards, and of course, special collector’s edition books. Knowing that this was my sign to get it, I marched right in and purchased it.
Little did I know that this would become one of the biggest and best purchases of my life.
The first chapter instantly hooked me. It was charming, witty, and it instantly jumped right into the plot. The books starts off with the main character, teenage-girl cancer-patient Hazel Lancaster, going to Support Group. Here is where she meets Augustus Waters, the other main character (possibly one of my favorite characters in all of literature). They interact a bit, which leads to conversations, which leads to Hazel going to Augustus’ house to watch The Price of Dawn. Oh, and did I mention that we are introduced to the book’s first official metaphor at the end of Chapter One? This is only the first out of plenty to come.
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Overall, TFiOS was a page-turner that I fell in love with. I remember when I first started it, I thought Hazel was going to die. In the book synopsis, it only mentions Hazel has cancer. I was even talking to my friend who suggested the book to me and joked, “If I were John Green, I would write a plot twist where Augustus dies.” And you know what happened later in the book, absolutely surprising me despite my statement? He died. And I could not believe it. There were so many metaphors foreshadowing it. For example, in the airplane on the way to Amsterdam, Hazel and Augustus watched a movie. Augustus’ movie ended first. The movie ended up being a metaphor for his life. Therefore, his life would end first. However, the fact that Augustus actually died was still shocking. It was most likely because it was tragic. I remember reading the last couple pages, and my emotions were all over the place. How could this have happened?! Hazel would never have breathing Augustus again. I couldn’t wrap my mind around this saddening factoid.
Augustus is a character that I think we can all relate to on some level. He has a sense of humor and optimism throughout the hardest times. Even when he is slowly dying of cancer, he still claims he’s “on a roller coaster that only goes up.” Ever since I read that, I’ve actually felt inspired to be as positive as Augustus.
Anyways, one of the reasons I loved this book so much was because of its numerous symbols and metaphors. The connection between the last name of Augustus (Waters) and the fluid (“water”) in Hazel’s lungs was so clever. Also, this book’s simple cover captured some of the metaphors perfectly.
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This book is amazing. Honestly, words cannot describe how much this book meant to me. It brought me happiness, joy, laughter, frustration, and sadness. Only an extremely well-written, good book can do that. So, if you haven’t read it yet, please, please, PLEASE read it. It has great plot, metaphors, AND quotes. In fact, I will end this book review with some of my favorite quotes from this stellar book.
"I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend."
"That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once."
"You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful."
- #1 New York Times Bestseller
- #1 Indie Bestseller
- #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- USA Today Bestseller
- New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
- My Favorites List (possibly my favorite book, besides Harry Potter)
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