Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 13 and up
Guys, it’s been four years since I first read this book and the ending legitimately never gets easier to handle. Reading the book or even watching the movie leave me curled up in a ball of sadness wishing for a longer infinity for one of my favorite literary couples. I actually just watched the movie a few months ago and it’s honestly phenomenally done and I would recommend both the book and the movie to literally everyone.
Hazel Grace has cancer. She walks around with a breathing machine that keeps her alive but she doesn’t see the point in living anymore. Everywhere she goes, every extra day she lives, she does for her parents. She goes to a support group every week but sees no point. Until she meets Augustus.
Augustus is a boy who had cancer. He comes to the support group to support Isaac, another boy who has one glass eye and is soon having a surgery which will make him completely blind. Hazel and Augustus hit it off and he invites her to his house for a movie. Hazel accepts and their relationship evolves.
Hazel introduces Augustus to one of her favorite novels and soon has him hooked on the story and the future of those characters after the story. They both desperately want to meet the author of the book but find out that he is a recluse who lives in Amsterdam. Augustus uses his wish from The Genie Foundation, an organization that grants one wish to cancer kids, to get Hazel, him, and Hazel’s mother a trip to Amsterdam.
There, Hazel finds out that the author is an alcoholic that has no respect for them, even though they came this far to see him. Hazel and Augustus still manage to have a fantastic stay in Amsterdam but the story takes a very unexpected turn toward the end of their trip…
Will things ever be the same again?
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Fault in Our Stars