Few books have 100,000+ reviews on goodreads.com. To top it off, The Fault in Our Stars had an average rating of 4.4. Obviously, I had to read it.
It is a bittersweet tale of two cancer-stricken teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love amidst their battle with metastatic thyroid cancer and osteosarcoma. Given that cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., it is a very believable story, full of heartbreak, anxiety, support groups, hospital visits and grief. But, the story is not completely morbid. There are fleeting moments of laughter, friendship and parent-teenager dynamics that illustrate some normalcy in the lives of Hazel and Augustus.
There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s 0.1 and 0.12 and 0.112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities….There are days, many of them, when I resent my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I am likely to get…
Truthfully, this is not the best book that I have read, but I’ll give it 3.7 out of 5 stars. Why?
- because there are many quotable quotes.
- because I loved how Hazel and Augustus discuss our mortality with an intelligent flair. Only people who accept death as an inevitable part of life can speak so eloquently on the subject.
- because only a great writer can make you fall in love with the characters so much that you cry when the inevitable happens.
- because few novels force you to live each day as if it were your only day, or as if it were your last day.