The Fault in our Stars by John Green has ruined my life. (In a good way.)

I don’t know how to form my emotions and thoughts into words yet. It’s beautiful. Tragic. Heartbreaking. It has heart and soul. It’s funny. It’s hopeless and so full of hope at the same damn time.

John Green’s writing blows every other book out of the water. It’s natural. It flows but can be awkward and strange in a very humanlike way. Unlike some authors, it doesn’t feel like Green is trying to show off his vocabulary and incredibly sophisticated metaphors. It’s simple and modest and… breathtaking. It feels natural. Real. Pure. 

The depth of emotion Green writes about is lovely to see. It’s not surface level like so many books I’ve read. It speaks to your heart. It touched me in a way that books hadn’t in a long time. This story makes me want to touch everything a little more delicately. It makes me want to stare at something beautiful a little bit longer. It makes me want to worry a little bit less. It makes me want to sigh with relief, pain and happiness all at once.

The characters… oh, the characters. My heart physically hurts for them. Augustus, Hazel, Issac and so many more are my little babies. I hold them in my heart, wrapping my arms around them. I pat their heads and whisper to them that it’ll be okay and they’re okay…

I’ve never read a book that’s made me feel like I needed to rip my heart out and smile at the same time. It’s so, so so so beautiful. I cried, yes, but less than I thought I would. I sad smiled through a lot of the book because even though the story is devastating and full of death, it’s also full of hope and bursting with life. Bursting with what it’s like to live, love and hope.

I want to reread it again and agian and again because it’s so… honest. Hazel is such a true, honest character. She sees the world so differently. She loves so strongly, with her whole heart and it’s so easy to fall in love with her for it.

And Augustus… what has he done to my heart. I will never not think of Augustus when I see a cigarette. I will never think of the word ‘Okay’ the same way again. I will never think about love the same way. I will never think about pain the same way.

I’m still in shock and maybe some denial but I absolutely love this book. It has become one of my favourites. And one last thing… How is John Green able to write from a young woman’s perspective so well?!

Official Synopsis:

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.

Book details:

313 pages

Genres: YA, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Main character(s): Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Water, Issac

Setting: Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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