The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I really wasn’t sure what to think of this book when it was first recommended to me. I didn’t know if I would like it or not. To be quiet honest, when all the hype about it was hitting twitter and I was seeing all the hashtag read-a-longs in my TL, my plan was to stay as far away from this book as I could. That being said, let’s get along to why this book is in my bookshelf.

The Fault in Our Stars, or #TFiOS if you follow it on Twitter, is a beautiful and engaging book. The story is told from the prospective of one Hazel Grace Lancaster as she fights for her life against the cancer that is slowly taking her life. She, like most girls you would meet in their teenage years, wasn’t looking to sit around in a support group circle in the basement of a church. But, as it always happens, life sprung up when she wasn’t looking and said hello in the most interesting of ways. Specifically, a way that came in the form of a boy named Augustus Waters.

His eyes caught her attention first, and then his voice. He’s as infatuated with her as she is with him, but the fear of death keeps her from truly giving in. It’s a story of friendship that is shadowed by the desire they have for each other.

It took me a bit longer than my friends to finish this book. It wasn’t a hard read, or difficult to get through, or anything of that nature. A good book, like this one is, deserves to be read as one would eat an expertly crafted New York cheesecake – slow and with grace. It is a beautiful story, and well worth the read. I’m fairly certain that it will stay with me in much the same manner that ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ has. Pick up a copy at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Hastings. Or, go to that friend of yours who has been after you to read it, and ask to borrow their copy. You won’t regret it.

Update: 29.01.2014

In case you didn’t know, dear reader, they’ve made this book into a movie and I cannot wait to see it!

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