#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: The Fault in Our Stars

This week’s #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram features one of my all-time favorite books: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green.

John Green has been one of my go-to authors since my friend Kelsey introduced me to him. In fact, back in April 2012 (a decade ago!), I blogged about my love for John Green and his works. At that time, I’d only just started really putting pen to paper seriously, but even then, I knew his storytelling skills would influence me for years.

The Fault in Our Stars came out that same year (January 2012), and since then, I’ve read it multiple times. Each time I do, I find some layer or deeper meaning I missed the first time. But still what I find the most delightful about the book are the characters, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, who meet at a cancer support group. They are characters with grit, feeling, intelligence, and snark, and their dialogue and interaction make me laugh, cry, and think. These characters are the people I had hoped to be at their age (and so clearly failed to be).

You probably know by now that I don’t like to give spoilers, so all I’ll tell you about this book, if you haven’t read it yet, is the gist of the story: Hazel has terminal cancer. She meets Gus at a support group. Neither want to be there. Hazel thought she knew what her life was going to be like after that cancer diagnosis, and boy, was she wrong. The adventure, both literal and figurative, she goes on with Gus is life-changing and transformative, for both of them.

And to be quite honest, reading this book was both life-changing and transformative for me too.

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