You know when you read one of those books that sucks you in from the beginning, and you’ll use any spare minute you have to read just a few pages? The ones where you’re sad you read it so quickly, and you wish there was a sequel or some sort of follow-up to look forward to? The Fault In Our Stars was absolutely one of those books– I got pulled in from the first couple of pages, and 3 days later (while I should have been studying, no less), I felt a little empty knowing it was over.
I said it last week, but I picked up The Fault In Our Stars with not even an inkling of what it was about. I haven’t read any of John Green’s other works, either, so I was totally unfamiliar with his writing and background. But I kept hearing about how great it was, seeing it on the NYT best seller’s list week after week, and most recently, one of my favorite bloggers gave it 5 stars on her GoodReads account. So I was sold!
The story itself revolves around a 16 year-old girl, Hazel Lancaster, who’s battling an advanced form of cancer that’s been kept at bay for a couple of years but has taken its toll on her lung function and her social life. At the insistence of her mom, she attends a Support Group every week for other adolescents dealing with cancer, and it’s here that she meets Augustus Waters- a charmer who changes everything for Hazel.
I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re in the market for a seriously great book, it’s definitely worth picking up. There were times when I was laughing out loud, times where I had Oprah’s ugly cry going on, and times (a whole lot of them) when I wished the book wouldn’t end. I’m so glad I chose it sort of on a whim– it had been a long time since I’d read a book like that!