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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green My Rating: 4.0 The Fault In Our Stars wasn't what I was expecting at all in a good way - it is both amazing, breathtaking, and sad all at once. I usually don't read these types of books (books that talk about illnesses like cancer), but when I heard it was very sad and good and that you just had to try it, I decided to give the book a shot. First of all, I wish Augustus Waters existed in real life. Like seriously. I need a guy that likes to read (is there any such guy out there?), not afraid to ask you out or say that he loves you even though he isn't sure about what you feel for him at all, believes in metaphorical resonances (seriously, who else do you know that smokes a cigarette without lighting one up in your mouth, so that it can't kill you no matter what? One word: Genius.), and drives horrifically? Not to mention a guy that spent a gift worth thousands of dollars on you and make you constantly laugh. And the ultimate package: he's one hot dude. Yes, I definitely need a Augustus Waters of my own. When I first read The Fault In Our Stars I had to force myself not to peek at the ending, figuring out it'll ruin the entire book for me, so when I got up to a certain part near the end of the book, I was shocked. Hell, shocked is not even a correct word for it. (Why does Augustus Waters have to die?! His health was perfect, why, why why?! The parts where he was completely helpless, vomiting on himself, pissing his own bed, it all made me want to bawl for him and cry.) I was tearing up, but refused to cry, partly because I was in the subway with my friend reading the book and people would stare at me and partly because I slowly read each paragraph, took a deep breath for a minute, then read another paragraph. Hazel's parents pissed me off sometimes, especially when they refused to let Hazel out of their sight to spend some time with Augustus. Hazel has only one short life to live and she already spent most of her life with her parents; she should be allowed to spend some time with Augustus (especially when he was dying. When she mentioned that she had to go to him because he wanted a eulogy, her parents' reactions were just like "oh." Oh?!) I understand that Hazel's parents just wants to spend time with her before they never could ever again, but isn't Hazel's happiness supposed to mean more to them? John Green's The Fault In Our Stars also opened up my eyes to the topic of cancer. I've never noticed how people treat cancer patients like something essentially human was missing from them just because they have cancer, that they'll never be completely human until they die and go to heaven. It is unfair and something I deeply don't believe. I've read reviews of several people complaining that Hazel and Augustus doesn't sound like their age when they talk, but I disagree. Once you've diagnosed with an incurable illness, it changes your entire life and changes how you see things. I'm not an expert because I don't have cancer nor do I talk to people who have cancer, but I understand how cancer can change you. Cancer forces you to suck it up, grow up, and experience everything you can before you die, hoping you'll leave some sort of impact on the world so nobody you love will forget you. Overall, The Fault In Our Stars was an excellent read that deserves to be read slowly and carefully, absorbing every single word with careful detail and emotion. It'll make you cry (or at least tear up like me) and it is definitely worth your time. ohdamnbooks: the fault in our stars