I have had a great ‘reading’ start to the New Year. Already I have finished 3 books and I am way onto my 4th! There is something so relaxing about slipping into another world, or meeting new characters. I find myself looking in like a spectator and cheer on the heroines or ‘rage’ at the ‘bad guys’.
I love taking part in book tours, but I have taken a break away from those a little whilst I go over some of the MANY books that I have in my TBR list.
One of the first I chose was ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green.
This was a book I had wanted to read for quite a while. I had shuffled it around in my ‘TBR list’ for sometime, but I had spoiled it a little by watching the film first, something I don’t generally do….So I picked this up and within a few days I had finished it. All I was left able to say was WOW; What a fantastic read! I had tear stained cheeks and I found my heart racing.
Here is a little about the author before I leave my review.
About the Author
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association.
His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery.
In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also co-authored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.
In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website.
Website: – www.johngreenbooks.com
About the Book
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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love
I knew I would love this book way before I turned to the first page. I had already watched the film so already knew what to expect. And yet what I got was a gorgeous, charming, heartbreaking story that pulled me in deep from the very first paragraph! I loved Hazel’s strong will; I loved Gus’ charming personality and I felt the connection that both of these characters had. The dialogue is strong and easy to follow; it flows easily from each character and I found myself falling deeper into their world; eager to see how their story would pan out.
I love John Greens work, having read ‘Turtles all the way down’ a few months back! He has such a wonderful way in which he writes, a great flow that helps the reader to be drawn deeper into the story. I loved the character interactions within this book and believed each connection and felt each feeling that was described.
We have Hazel and Gus; two young people who have lived within ‘Cancers grasp’ and yet they see a way to find light and love around each other. The story is heart-breaking to read at times, but it is also funny, charismatic and heart-warming. I enjoyed reading their story and despite the very real, very relatable subject, I came away feeling in awe of people who go through this pain/illness in real life. The words that John wrote painted a very realistic picture. The two characters lit one another up, creating very likeable people who I ‘shipped’ from the start.
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t tried it yet already!
This was a fantastic read; I loved the character interactions and the very real, heartbreaking subject that revolved around Hazel and Gus’s worlds.
This is a definate 5 Star Book! Please, if you haven’t already, give this book a go! But, please be warned….tissues are needed. 😀