Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars
From the moment she was diagnosed with cancer, sixteen year old Hazel Grace thought that death was the only thing her future contained. She was content with just going to college classes, reading An Imperial Affliction over and over, and watching America’s Next Top Model until her dying day. Then, her mother makes her attend a cancer support group. There, she meets the gorgeous prosthetic-legged Augustus Waters and her future is forever changed.
One of the best things about this book are the main and supporting characters. The main characters completely contradict how the world sees cancer kids. Hazel and Augustus are intelligent, funny, and vulnerable all at once. As for the supporting characters, the parents are just as good as the kids. In particular, Hazel’s mother is almost an adult clone of her daughter. She has Hazel’s sense of humor mixed with her own random and caring nature.
Another enjoyable thing in this book was that it is laugh out loud funny at times. Humor is found within most of the teens and adults and is not confined to a particular group of people. For instance, Hazel’s mom asks her daughter, “Did that boy give it to you?” Hazel replies, “By it, do you mean herpes?”
Some powerful features of this book are its themes of being remembered, being loved, and leaving a mark on the world. John Green uses many things including books, poetry, and people to convey messages. They come together with John Green’s signature writing style to create something that stirs the mind, heart, and soul.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. In fact, this has to be John Green’s best work since his debut novel Looking For Alaska. It is recommended to anyone being deeply affected by cancer, disease, death, and life.