Monday, July 27, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. 




My Thoughts
★★★★★+++ Captivating Stars
Captivating. Heartfelt. Heart warming...and most of all, REAL.
And also a bit scary.

But not scary in the way you think. It's scary because it's so real.

That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.

That is so true. Honestly, I've had this book for a long time now. I actually got it a few days before we found out my mama was sick with cancer. Of course, after I found out, I didn't want to read the book. Because reading this book would have just made it all to real for me. Months went by and I had friends always asking me if I had read it yet or even saw the movie. My answer was no, of course. After my mama passed (a few months ago) I thought "well, maybe I can read it now.." I think I read maybe a page before I started crying and had to put it back up. So, on my shelf it has been collecting dust. Every time I would go to get a new book to read, I would actually grab it first, but then I would put it back and get another one. I thought I would never be ready to read it. Till a few days ago my sister got me to sit down and watch the movie (yes, I watched it... and cried so hard I couldn't catch my breath.) But, that was the push I think I actually needed to get passed this. I don't know how else to say it. I mean, when you lose someone so close to you, you really don't want to open up, you don't want to talk about it and you DEFINITELY don't want to hear or see the word "cancer" (If that's what the person as passed from)
If you know me at all, you know I HAVE to read the book before I ever see the movie, but this time, I'm glad I watched the movie. It prepared me and set me on course to read the book. Which I ended up devouring.

TFIOS is probably the most real book I have ever read and has made the most impact on my life. Never would I ever think I would find a story more beautiful than Romeo and Juliet. But here it is.
I loved everything about this book. The story, the writing, the honest truth of it all. John Green opened the door on cancer and reveled the honesty of it. It's not easy, fun, or something that you can just shrug off. It's hard, ugly, and world shattering. But what's so amazing about this book is that he not only showed how hard everything is, but he also showed beauty and love through characters having to live with this and their families being there through it all.

This is a book I would recommend to everyone and if I could rate it a million billion trillion stars, I would for infinity. Lol

I'm sure I may update this sometime in the future when I can gather my thoughts better.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful, heart breaking review lady. Wow. I am guilty of putting this one down a few times myself. I broke every rule and watched the movie first, but I haven't had the courage to pick the book up yet. I will work up the courage someday.. :)
    Until then.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I don't blame you for watching the movie first. Lol. This is one book I think it's okay to cheat and watch first to be honest. haha. I really hope you get to read the book someday though. It's a very beautiful book.
      -Ash

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  2. This is such a beautiful review. It brought back all of the emotions I experienced while reading this book and also brought memories of my own family. I sincerely thank you for that. :)

    By the way, I have nominated you for the Book Fangirling Award. I really think this award is for you. Here is the link:
    http://booksoffascination.blogspot.com/2015/07/book-fangirling-award.html?m=1

    Thank you for being so awesome. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. ^_^ And if it brought back memories, I am sorry. I know those can be very bitter sweet..
      Thank you again :)
      -Ash

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