“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”-----If the cover didn't sell you, this quote probably did. ----------------
I'd never really read any of John Green's books prior to this one; Marvel is a fan of his and actually got his autograph and met him at a book signing some months ago. Lucky duck. Anyway, Marvel purchased this amazing book for me several months ago~and~since she obviously appreciated the quality of the book very much~and since Marvel was the one sending this book to me~I cracked it open.
Witty and cynical and encompassing all the raw, essential parts of our humanity, Hazel is hands-down the best female protagonist and heroine I've encountered in my stroll through the Realistic Fiction department in the Novel arena. She's so very real, and Green's writing style just brings out her character so that it seems that you could turn around and see her going through the motions of her cancer-ridden life, embracing misery and love alike. Hazel is just so frank and complacent in a refreshing way; rather than live her life encumbered by the judgement of others, she tends to be herself. Augustus, the other central character in this extraordinary novel, is not as realistic because he's just too...sparkly. Just kidding. But he's a very scintillating fellow, to be sure. Honestly, when I started writing this post, I wanted to begin with a single quote from the book. But every other sentence in the book is so memorable and significant that, if I were to pick my favorite line from the novel, I'd have a terribly difficult time of it all. The characters are singular; perhaps the near-magical aura of Hazel and Augustus and their distinctive outlooks on life is all that reminds you that this is a fictional novel.
---The Fault in Our Stars is a 5-Star Winner~Realistic Fiction with all the magic of Fantasy-------------
(yes, this post was made brief and obfuscatingly vague with the sole purpose of compelling you to go and encounter the story for yourself ;)
By the way, if any of you know where I can find rating images not necessarily restricted to yellow stars, links would be greatly appreciated!