John Green does it again with another New York best seller that is touching the hearts of everyone across the globe. The Fault in our Stars is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl battling terminal cancer. Because she feels as if she is a “grenade, “ready to explode at any second, she prefers to stay isolated from others. Of course, this worries her mother, who forces her to attend a support group with other cancer patients. There she meets Augustus Waters, an intriguing, charming, mysterious boy who catches Hazel’s eye. Augustus has osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated. After several sessions, late night phone calls, and many “Okay’s” the two grow to have a connection that no disease could come between.
After Hazel discusses her favorite novel, “an imperial affliction” with Augustus, they set out on a journey to Amsterdam to finally have answers about the end of the novel. As Hazel fears, Augustus falls deeply in love with her, and their connection continues to grow stronger, even when a tragedy strikes again.
This heart-wrenching story is filled with moving one-liners. At one point, Hazel muses: “My thoughts are like stars I can’t fathom into constellations.” While explaining her building affection for Augustus, she realizes that she is truly in love. “I fell in love like you would fall asleep: slowly then all at once.”
If you plan on picking up this novel anytime soon, make sure you’re stocked up on tissues. You, might get by without them for the first few chapters, but towards the last 50 pages, trust us, they’re a necessity. This touching novel is more than the cliché love story: it shows the realistic struggle of battling cancer. Hazel takes us through her battles, physically and mentally, giving the reader a remarkable perception of a teen fighting cancer, and she does not sugar-coat any details.
We easily rate this book 10 out of 10. When you pick up this novel, you won’t be able to put it down. John Green did an admirable job in making us feel emotionally connected to these characters and their lives. Whether you are 14 or 40, you will be left with water-filled eyes and a knot in your stomach. We strongly recommend that if you have not yet read this masterpiece to pick it up soon; the movie is arriving June 6th!