I have wanted to read this book since ealry in the days of my blogging and it kept getting pushed back on the TBR shelf, like so many others. The world keeps turning and the TBR shelf is fat then thinner, then fat again. And so it goes, a monster out of control and hoping in my heart of hearts, don't let me die with an ever engorged to be read pile. Will there be enough life in me to read all the books I own?and those buried deeply in my kindle?
Well, it finally happened. I searched my kindle for the free copy I had been sent by someone and it is really deeply buried...as in Gone! So I bought a copy of John Green's, The Fault In Our Stars. Here is the Goodreads 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.
From My Perspective:
All readers get the benefit of the rewrite mentioned above. Let's start with the characters, truly believable, fully developed, quirky, funny, angry, sad, and so very intelligently reflective of their being.
Green writes a beautiful love story for Hazel Grace and tells it from her point of view. She strikes me as wise beyond her years and trying to live her life fully and honestly. She's not particularly fond of her cancer support group, but it is there she meets Augustus Waters and experiences romantic love for the first time.
I enjoyed and respected Hazel's honesty, I enjoyed her plight to find out what happened to her book characters created by Peter Van Houten. I suffered his indignity and self-failure at the loss of his young daughter. And there was Augustus's cruel recurrence of the disease...so unfair, hurtful of so many affected by his remission and recurrence. And as the book reminds us, the world isn't in the business of granting wishes for any of us. It's all about how we react and accept our given path.
Such an easy book to love, and to read. It delves into lust and love, the failure of those we deem important when they can not deal with the issues at hand, and it promises that life will go on for the ones we leave behind. It was sad, funny, and intelligent. I rated it a 5 Wink read and highly recommend it to all. It will remain one of my personal favorites and I look forward to my own reread down the road!