Over the past two days I have not been able to put down John Green’s new book The Fault in our Stars. It was absolutely amazing. Right from the first page I was hooked. I wanted to know more about the characters immediately. Hazel Grace Lancaster is the main character and narrator of the novel. She is living with Thyroid cancer. She meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. Augustus Waters “had a little touch of osteosarcoma.” Instantly they have something in common. With all that they have in common they are drastically different. Through their differences, they learn not only about themselves but about life, the universe, and life ever after.
This small description does not due this book justice. I will not be able to write an accurate summary of this novel. It takes the reader to new depths. It has everything you will ever need hidden inside its 313 pages.
It is a must read.
Anything I write will sound cheesy, and cliché. On the surface The Fault in our Stars is just that cliché and cheesy. Augustus is overly in love with Hazel (“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you”) and she cannot imagine getting emotionally involved with anyone. Hazel describes herself as a grenade. She wants to wound as few as possible when her body decides to pull the pin. This is a wonderful shift from the traditional ticking time bomb. Each page contains fantastic metaphors. If you are not careful you will miss their importance. Their subtle meanings are what take The Fault in our Stars from great to amazing.
From the beginning the characters pull you in. Every single character has a special moment and space within the book. Each character is there for a specific reason, each share their own fears and desires. Individually the characters are lacking, but together… Together they are wonderful. The way they interact with each other; the devotion, commitment, and respect is astounding.
The plot is a little weak at times, and feels a little forced. However, as soon as it starts to slow down it picks back up again with momentum. The fantastic quotes and thought provoking metaphors wills you to keep reading. As far as I’m concerned Augustus and Hazel could be anywhere doing anything and I would still love this book. The character interactions and metaphors are the book. The plot’s twists and turns are small bonuses.
Yes, this is a YA book, but everyone should read The Fault in our Stars. This is not a cancer book. It is about lives lived to the fullest. It is about not making excuses for the way you live or want to live your life.
The Fault in our Stars made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. In a way it made me want to be a better person. How often do you read a book that does that?!?!