On My Bookshelf: The Fault in Our Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:  “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.”

Read this book!  I started this book with a little trepidation, mostly because I haven’t read YA fiction in a long time and I just kept putting it off.  So when A Beautiful Mess decided it was the read for their February book club, I was hesitant.  I will be honest, the beginning felt a little draggy but I persevered and, man, am I glad I did.  This book was amazing, I could not put it down.

I also felt reminiscent of my high schools years as I was reading this at home, on a Friday night (in my parents house no less!), with breaking out skin.  Ahh the glory days of high school.

Anyway, back to the book.  I felt completely drawn into the world of Hazel and Gus as well as the other characters.  I could feel the pain that they all struggled through not only life threatening illnesses but the every day minutia of being teenagers.  I can only imagine that everything is compounded by the fact that each is struggling with their own fate and long-term life expectancy.

Green did a fantastic job of keeping the plot moving as well as adding some amazing plot twists.  I definitely was on the edge of my seat for most of the last third of the book.  If you want a tear-jerker, this is definitely a book for you.  I know that Green has written some other books that I am definitely going to read and I think I am going to re-ignite my passion for Young Adult fiction!

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