The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
January 10, 2012
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.The reason that I want this book is simple: It's John Freaking Green. He's been on my auto-buy-in-hardcover list since I read his debut, Looking for Alaska, as part of an adolescent literature class in college. John Green was THE author for me. The one that made me start reading young adult literature. His books are smart and funny and sad and beautiful, and I love them. I pre-ordered this sucker the second it got a name and went up on Amazon. And for those who don't know by now, John is signing all 150,000 copies of the first printing. So if you want a signed copy, you can pre-order it from your favorite book store. (It's only ~ $9 for the hardcover on Amazon right now.)
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
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Here's a video in which John reads the first chapter of the book. It's long, but it's totally worth watching at least part of it if you're interested. I fell in love with this book upon its announcement, but again (and for real, I guess) after watching this. It's going to be amazing. And awesome.
Squee!!! I can't freaking wait. Are you excited about the new John Green book? Did you listen to the first chapter yet? If so, what do you think?!
What book(s) are you waiting on?