The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten
This book is getting a lot of attention now. Popular teen novel romance with a twist, both of them suffer or suffered from cancer. I’m not a fan of sappy overly romantic sad books. But the protagonist, Hazel did not disappoint, she was realistic, witty and sassy. She perceived everything as it is. Augustus the leading man of the novel was just as fun to read about. Always challenging each other through snarky commentary, some of their conversations had me laughing out loud.
Of course it didn’t last but I was thoroughly satisfied with the development of their relationship even though I thought it was a little fast. The book is short, characters develop fast but there isn’t a whole lot of plot. Mostly the story is developed through Hazel’s perception of her illness and perceiving those around her. You’re going to cry. I can almost guarantee it. The end is heart breaking. While I would not boast about the novel I would whole heartily recommend it.
“Nostalgia is a side effect of cancer.
No nostalgia is a side effect of dying.”
In this novel we are given a close account of the troubles a teenage girl suffering from cancer experiences. Augustus and Hazel have a typical relationship, where they start off as friends and gradually move into a more than friend’s category. One thing I didn’t like about this book was the way the author portrayed time, one minute they are friends and the next they are in love. It is not a very realistic passage of time. I love the fact that Hazel was in fact trying to protect Augustus from her eminent death. I absolutely loved loved that idea. The ending twist is brilliant and ironic. Well written the book is an interesting look into the lives of cancerous teenagers.
I did not enjoy this book as much as expected however I definitely think it is a rare find. As it is not like all those other sappy teenage love stories more commonly found, it is tragic which I thought made it all the more interesting. It opened us up to see how people can suffer and how lucky we are.