WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
On the ride home on the tram I finished The Fault In Our Stars and although I didn’t cry my heart broke for the two main characters; Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters which meet after Hazel joins a support group after being diagnosed with depression.
Hazel introduces Augustus to her favourite book; An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten which is about living a good life with cancer however it ends mid-sentence. The two venture to Amsterdam to meet Peter to find out what happened. After being disheartened they head to the Anne Frank museum where after being there they share a passionate kiss.
From here on in the story takes the reader on a emotional roller-coaster in which I was hooked to my eReader in which by the end I wasn’t a weeping mess but felt pain for the characters. The reality of what I have experienced with cancer myself; the author portrayals a realism that makes the memories come back.
I have also been a part of these support groups; myself suffering from a chronic health condition and eventually leaving because it did more harm then good. I also felt very sad when the last six chapters because I have had a family member die of cancer within the last two years and my mother was a carer for him.
I want to give this to my mother because it is one of the best books I have ever read and in my Top 10 for 2012 – however I am aware of how hard she took the death, as she felt like she could of done more, yet she doesn’t realise that she did what she had to do, and she did her best (like she did when I was sick as a young baby). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t Carp Diem…. that’s life.
This is the first John Green book I have read; I plan to read more however I want a breather for a moment as that was one hell of a book. Also I only recently discovered the Vlogbrothers, Nerdfighters and etc. My life is complete; nerdy YouTuber’s one of which sings, the other writes -gah!
NERD’S ARE AWESOME!
RATING: 5/5 Geek Squees