Mamie’s Monday: The Fault in Our Stars

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Amazon Description:

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.

Mamie’s Musings:

When I first saw the topic of The Fault in Our Stars I was hesitant to read the book but then heard the widespread praise for John Green’s latest young adult novel and knew the book deserved a chance.  And I am so thankful I gave it that chance!  The book is about 17-year-old Hazel whose status as cancer patient has left her with comprised lung function, unable to attend high school with her peers, and taking a strong drug to continue her battle with cancer.  She meets an extraordinary boy, Gus, as well as his friend Isaac at a cancer support group meeting that she begrudgingly attends.  Their journey and experience together at various stages of the disease makes the reader see not only cancer and dying, but friendship and life as well, in a new light.  The intellectual as well as emotional relationship between Gus and Hazel delivered thought, humor, as well as the inevitable sorrow, off the page and into my face like a bucket of cold yet refreshing water.  A five-star experience for me.

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