The Fault in Our Stars | Book Review

I haven't done a proper book review in a while, but The Fault in Our Stars is something I just have to speak up about. I may be one of the last people on Earth to finally get to it - so many people I know have read this book in the past two years and loved it. Why did I stay away? Well, to be honest I judged The Fault in Our Stars before I read it: in my mind this was a depressing piece of literature about the heroism of the sick and the ungratefulness of the healthy. I thought this was going to be a book that spells out a "message" or a "lesson" and I really don't like when that's the case. But, if you've already read this, you know how wrong I was. And if you haven't and you are perhaps thinking the same thing - forget all about that and just read it. You're missing out.

The story is told through the eyes of a 16 year-old girl named Hazel. She has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, but because of an experimental treatment that unexpectedly worked she is able to live. Her mother decides that Hazel is depressed and makes her attend a support group. Unenthusiastic at first, Hazel ends up meeting a boy there - Augustus Waters. You can probably guess where this is going next, but this isn't your typical love story by any means.

The Fault in Our Stars is brilliant on so many levels. John Green manages to make the teenage dialogue sound natural, but also provide so much food for thought and not make it sound too basic. I actually really loved the language used and the way the book was written. It's also surprisingly funny in an ironic/sarcastic way, though of course there were a few moments where it suddenly started raining on my face. The book doesn't make you feel bad for being who you are - if anything, it actually made me feel inspired. Don't think it's an overly embellished story either - there is plenty of realism and the author makes a point of not sugarcoating the "bad days". Still, The Fault in Our Stars is beautiful as a whole and it has definitely made it to my favorites list.

You know when you read a book and it's so good you want to devour everything the author has ever written? That's what The Fault in Our Stars is to me, because I haven't actually read anything by John Green before (I know, ridiculous). Which one of his books should I read next?