Format: Available for eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
Series: Stand alone
Rated: 14+ for themes, language
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars
The book is about a 16 year old girl named Hazel who has lung cancer and is considered terminally ill. Her mom tries to get her to try and enjoy being a teenager and avoid her going into depression, forces Hazel to go to a Cancer Support Group where she meets Augustus (Gus). Gus is a NEC (no evidence of Cancer) who got rid of cancer after they amputated part of his leg.
Augustus immediately is attracted to Hazel the moment that he meets her at a group meeting he goes to with his best friend Isaac, who has cancer in his eyes.
Augustus and Hazel begin to get to know one another and Hazel tries to ignore the attraction she has towards Augustus. She is afraid of hurting him when she dies, but of course she couldn’t fight it for long when he makes her dream come true.
They begin a tragic love story that leaves you angry with the cruel irony of life.
John Green has created an amazing book that has sarcasm and light moments that help make the dark element have that much more meaning.
While cancer is a big part of the book, I think that it’s the love story that really is the main focus. Hazel was used to just being wrapped up in her own world with just her parents and her books that when she starts hanging out with Augustus, he makes her see that there could be so much more to life. He shows her how to live and that it’s ok to let people in, even if it means hurting them in the end.
While reading this book, I prayed, just prayed that Hazel makes it through it, but with something like cancer it’s always a toss up. Some books will have the person survive, some will have them die. Either way, it’s always a tear-jerker. It’s safe to say that everyone knows someone that has had cancer, if it wasn’t themselves. So, we all know the heartache that goes into this disease.
After reading this book, I absolutely hated the ending, not because of what happened but because of the effect it had on me. Some books are made for enjoyment, but few books really touch you. This book is that book for me. I felt like how Hazel felt with her favorite book, Imperial Affliction. The story ended but it left me with so many questions. But I think that’s what Green wanted to portray with this story. That sometimes we don’t get the answers for all the questions we have, and that is just ok.
Recommendations: The Perks of the Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak