/> Witchblood: The Fault in Our Stars: Review

Saturday, 18 August 2012

The Fault in Our Stars: Review

The Fault in Our Stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


Review:

YA/Contemporary is not my usual genre, as you know I write and read paranormal YA. I like the escape they give me from reality, but in the six months this book has been released it has been racking up the 5 star reviews, making people cry and tweet about it all over the show! I have to say I can't offer anything other than, everything else you will have already heard about this book.

Hazel is the kind of teenage girl I love, she is ultra smart, geeky in her bookishness, tough and self-depreciating. Augustus Waters is a gorgeous, funny, smart teenage boy, who with his action film/video game obsession is equally believable. Their relationship, and the way it develops is sweet, smart and also very grown-up, as is their language... and yet it is also believable due to their predicament.

The story is simple, and yet it will draw you in and make your heart sing. It will make you laugh out loud, then turn around and crush you, leaving you sobbing into a tissue! I don't know much about cancer, but I imagine this is a very real look at what must be one of the biggest horrors of our time. I have come to the conclusion that John Green is one of the best current writers out there. His characterisation is perfect. 'Looking for Alaka' will be my next read!

*****

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