The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars has been on my TBR list for quite a long time. I’m a fan of John Green and this story definitely sounded too good to pass up.
The story is about Hazel, a witty and sarcastic sixteen year old girl with cancer, who meets Augustus, a hot, yet honor-driven seventeen year old boy, who also has cancer – and they fall in love. It’s a story about two star-struck teens grappling with universal questions like, “Can I be loved?” and “How can I make my mark on this world?” all while faced with a situation that is anything but ordinary. It’s a tale about love, in the face of fear, existential questions burning against the backdrop of mundane tasks like making it up the stairs one more day, and finding connection in people whom the rest of the normal, healthy world leaves behind.
It’s humorous, poignant, touching, and feels very real. I’m not sure it quite hit me as deeply as his other works did, but he definitely moves bravely into a world most of us hope we never see. I was afraid it would leave me a sobbing wreck; it didn’t. It’s a story about cancer kids, so of course, it has its tear-jerker moments, but overall it’s far more heart-warming than heart-wrenching.
If you’re looking for a book to keep you company over a cozy day or weekend, something that’s light but still feels poignant and true, I’d recommend The Fault in Our Stars.