The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Published January 10, 2012 by Dutton Books
For a complete review which may contain SPOILERS, please click 'Read More' below:
The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel, a 17 year-old girl with terminal cancer. Knowing she doesn’t have long to live, and wanting to make her parents happy, she attends a support group for kids with cancer. There, she meets Augustus Waters, a character like none I’ve ever read before. Augustus is beautiful inside and out and speaks in an authentic yet poetic voice throughout the novel. Augustus knows that life is short, and he wants to go out in a big, dramatic way, and make a heroic impact on the world before he goes. Hazel, however, is content with being an observer of the world, noticing the nuances of behavior and relationships. She believes that loving a select few deeply is more important than loving many far and wide. The conversations between Hazel and Augustus and their friends are sophisticated and witty. You root for them throughout the story, while knowing deep down that they are very sick and miracles are in short supply.
The love story between Augustus and Hazel is luminous. And, although John Greene will rip your heart along the way, he somehow manages to give you the tools you need to recover from the pain. He manages to fill you up enough with hope and faith to make it through this story. Yes, The Fault in Our Stars is sad, at times heart wrenchingly so. But this book is so much more than that – it resonates deeply in your soul and makes you look at the world with a corrected lens, makes you see the importance of loving deeply. This book enables you to look at the surplus of beauty in your life and be grateful for it. Life is short, don’t pass up The Fault in Our Stars.
It’s a book that will stay with you for a very long time.