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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Check out my other reviews at Reading Books Like a BossMy Rating: This book left me breathless and at a complete loss for words. I don't know how to even begin to put my thoughts into words, but I'm going to do my darndest. Going into this book, I knew it was a cancer book. I was made sure I was prepared for the emotional warfare that John Green was about to bestow upon me. I had a good supply of Kleenex, a pillow to cry into, ugly comfy clothes, and lots of chocolate. You guys, I knew this was going to be emotional, but I had NO IDEA just how jack up I would be in the end. The book wins the award for "Best Ugly Cry Fest". I was a complete wreck. No other book has made me cry this hard. Okay, now that I've discussed my snotty, ugly cry, I'll talk about the book. Okay? Okay. (*sniff sniff*)Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace are two fictional characters that I will never forget. As professional sick people, both have had to stare death in the face at such a young age. They are remarkably mature and have an interesting outlook on life (however, short theirs may be). Augustus buys cigarettes, but doesn't smoke them (a walking metaphor). Augustus makes cancer jokes, but the reality of it all is anything but funny. Hazel Grace's lungs work the way they're supposed to, and Augustus has one leg. Both characters take this horrific, gut-wrenching situation and somehow make it less foreboding and depressing. See, the funny thing about cancer:"Cancer is not all that bad really, it just wants to be alive."Yes, cancer is the antagonist in this tearjerker. You have been forewarned. If you are one of those people who avoids Nicholas Sparks's books because someone always dies in the end, I beg of you to read this book. I'm not saying anyone dies, but the journey these characters take together is wonderful. If anything, the writing alone is reason enough to read this book. As I read, I felt like I was getting an education at the "College of Sentence Artistry" taught by professor John freaking Green. I say this in a non-self-deprecating way: there is no way on God's green earth that I would be able to craft a sentence like John Green. The man is a genius.This story and the characters made me feel. By the end of the book, I was gutted, emotionally raw, and strangely happy. Even with all the talk of death, I was left with a feeling of hope. Augustus so desperately wanted his life to mean something, to leave a big mark. But Hazel helped him realize that perhaps he already had left his mark. He fell in love with Hazel Grace and helped her and many others live their life to the fullest. Hazel and Augustus lived beautiful lives, despite being hunted and haunted by death."Why are you looking at me like that?""Because you're beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence."Though the subject matter of this book is doom and gloom, it is surprising funny (or maybe not-so surprisingly funny if you're a John Green fanatic. The man is hilarious). Augustus's quirky view of his own life and illness was what made me smile. Augustus's and Hazel's banter back and forth had me laughing out loud and envious of their wit and comedic timing. And if all this praise isn't enough to get you to read this book, there is Venn Diagram humor."I didn't tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. LIke: Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die."Kissing someone so that you can get a free trip is perilously close to full-on hooking, and I have to confess that while I did not fancy myself a particularly good person, I never thought my first real sexual action would be prostitutional.I have been a faithful subscriber (NERDFIGHTERS) of the vlogbrothers on YouTube for several years. Vlogbrothers is John Green and his brother's, Hank, channel on YouTube. They post videos about all things nerdy. As a nerdfighter, I am ashamed to admit that I read The Fault in Our Stars more than a year after it was published.Green has written a love story, but TFioS is so much more. It's a story about life and how short it can be. It's a story about tragedy and what you choose do with it. It's a story about two people who have been dealt a crappy hand who choose to forget about winner and just play the game.________________Review to come later when I can find the words.