Since I read the Hunger Games Series I decided on a journey of reading into Young Adult Literature for the week. Stumbling upon, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green at my local Fred Meyer I decided to make that my next book to review. I have read John’s work before (Looking for Alaska) and fell in love with his with his superior wit and writing style. The Fault in Our Stars just reconfirmed his greatness.
The Fault in Our Stars is a portrayal of children’s cancer with the main character Hazel having cancer in her thyroid that has spread to her lungs. Hazel, a normal teenager, with cancer, whom her mother thinks is depressed. Her mother wants her to make new friends, get out of the house and live her life while she still can. Hazel, obviously, is reluctant, but to please her mother (her caregiver) she agrees to go to weekly support group. There she meets Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old with cancer who has been in remission for 14 months. Augustus is instantly attracted to Hazel and stares at her the whole time in group. Hazel, wary (as one would hope), does not know what to make of Augustus. She agrees to watch a movie with Augustus at his home and a bond forms between the two. They continue hanging out together, texting and talking on the phone, and overall enjoying each others company. As the book continues, these two fall in love and struggle with the fate of their love. Will they be remembered when they die? Is the love that they share ever lasting? Does having cancer change them or their views on the world? These are some of the questions these two try to answer together, all while the struggle with the battle with cancer.
I did not want to give any spoilers in the synopsis, so it might sound a little cliché and not very synopsisy (my new word), but it was worth it to not spoil the book for you. I feel in love with Augustus and Hazel, two of the most hilariously unique characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You know you have a great character whom you will remember always, when in the first two chapters Augustus is playfully attacking the support groups leader for incorrect use of “literally.” From that moment Augustus had me hooked (even more hooked when he coined this gem “existentially fraught free throws”). Hazel or Hazel Grace as Augustus calls her, is right up there in witty phrases or Venn diagram humor, but she really tugs at your heart through out the novel. I could not put this book down! Yes it deals with cancer, but cancer is not the main point of the novel. As Hazel states “cancer books suck” this book is a far cry from a “cancer book.” John delves deeper into the struggle of life, death, love and just the plain old struggle of being a teenager is at heart the point of the novel. Both Augustus and Hazel are wise beyond their years and create a wonderful story. John Green has a way with characters that completely change how you view life. Hazel and Augustus’ story made me laugh, cry, frown etc. I experienced every emotion and truly felt connected to them even though they are fictional. So pick up this book ASAP, you will not regret it.
Side note: Be for warned though, grab a box of tissues.
All hail John Green, as one of the most amazing writers of Young Adult Literature. I am deeply compelled to tell you, my readers, to get your hands on any book by John Green and read it as soon as you can.
Rating: 500 pages out of 500. This book is too good to pass up!
Doeg for now