Thursday, 28 March 2013

Book Club - The Fault In Our Stars




“Do you have a Wish?' he asked, referring to this organization, The Genie Foundation, which is in the business of granting sick kids one wish.
'No' I said. 'I used my Wish pre-Miracle.'
'What'd you do?'
I sighed loudly. 'I was thirteen,' I said.
'Not Disney,' he said.
I said nothing.
'You did not go to Disney World.'
I said nothing.
'HAZEL GRACE!' he shouted. 'You did not use your one dying Wish to go to Disney World with your parents.'"

Rarely does a book affect me in the way this one did. Growing up I wasn't much of a crier, I never cried at films and would often glance over at my mum welling up at the TV and think  "MAN UP, IT ISN'T REAL DEAR." Since I've become more adult, I've become more weepy at films and books, I nearly cried when I saw Caitlin Moran, I'm that girl. The Fault In Our Stars is a book a truly loved, but I'm also scared to ever read it again for fear I will drown in a pool of my own tears. I couldn't read it on the train, I had to lie in bed and just have a little moment when it was finished, even today (two days after), I'm still affected, not only at the book but at the fact I've finished it. 

The book is about teenagers dealing with cancer, through friendship, family and a support group. The two main characters are Augustus and Hazel, aged 17 and 16 respectively who are battling through everyday life, seeing things from a completely new perspective, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking.

Along with welling up, I also laughed out loud more than I have done with any other book. The dialogue is incredibly human, in some books it can get washed aside by extravagant details about body language or scene setting. This book has no such waffle, the relationship between Gus and Hazel makes you feel like you’re privy to a special group; two people who truly understand each other.  I raced through it, the plot carries you away, there is no ‘waiting to get to the end of the chapter so you can stop’, it is a compelling read which pulls you into suburban Indianapolis and keeps you there, long after you put the book down.

The Fault In Our Stars is a book I’m glad I bought on my Kindle, but one I will also buy in real life. It is a book which beautifully analyses human relationships, life and love, one which you feel you should give a little no-reading-grace-period to, because you just don’t think any book will live up to it. 

16 comments:

  1. sounds good! i unfortunately managed to break my kindle recently so i will remember this book for when i eventually get around to fixing/replacing it!

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    1. Ahh yes definitely get on it when you've fixed it! xxx

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  2. I cry all the time, so maybe I should avoid this :) Ha. Keep the book reviews coming, I love them!

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  3. I just can't read this book. I've been tempted to pick it up so many times but I just can't.. cancer makes me too sad, which makes me even more sad because i really want to read this. Le sigh x

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    1. Ahh nightmare, but totally understand! xxx

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  4. Sounds brilliant, I saw it in Waterstones the other day but didn't pick it up. I cry at just about everything these days- books, films, poorly cats at the animal rescue centre... I embarrassed my husband by crying on the train after finishing The Time Traveller's Wife. I was a mess after that book! xx

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    1. I've not dared go near that book for fear of crying everywhere! xxx

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  5. You've made me really excited to read this, it sounds amazing. I'm such a cry baby when it comes to books so i'll make sure I have a box of tissues near by! :) xx

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    1. I'm so glad, and definitely do, it is such a tear jerker! xxx

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  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed this as much as I did; I have never been more moved by a book and can't imagine finding anything else like this for a very long time. It completely weaved its way into my heart and inspired me so much! Beautiful doesn't even cut it.

    Xx

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    1. I did, it was so so good, I'm glad you recommended it! xxx

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  7. I know what I'm getting on my Kindle next then! It sounds really good xxx

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    1. It is so good, you won't regret it! xxx

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  8. I made the fatal mistake of reading the final chapters of this on a crowded train a few months ago, it really wasn't my finest hour! I blubbed like a little baby and I'm really not normally a crier either!
    Absolutely brilliant book though <3
    Kaz x

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  9. I have read this book four times now, and have wept every time- and I also never used to cry at books or films. I can't even describe how much I love it- too perfect for words. xx

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