Book: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Rating: 5/5

The Fault in Our Stars-John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is about Hazel Grace, a sixteen year old who suffers from thyroid cancer that spread to her lungs which means that she needs an oxygen tank to breathe. She spends most of her time at home and in bed while her mom takes care of her. Hazel attends a teens with cancer support group once a week in the basement of a local church. There she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus is a seventeen year old who had osteosarcoma and had his leg amputated. They begin to fall for each other in a perfect match between two young teens. Hazel introduces her favorite book “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten to Augustus (or Gus as she calls him) it also focuses on cancer but the author leaves huge cliffhangers that have remained unanswered so together Hazel and Gus go on a trip to find answers.

Social/Historical context:

It’s been proven cigarettes will kill you but only if you light them. This is just one of the witty, clever and thought provoking metaphors and analogies in this book. Gus puts a cigarette in his mouth but never lights it knowing that he can always prevent it from harming him. So close to death yet he won’t let it happen. Gus uses this as a metaphor for cancer: it’s in his body but he won’t let it kill him.

Writing Style:

This book was ingeniously written, in an intelligence I have never seen before in a novel. It is told in first person by Hazel and we get to experience love and tragedy from her eyes. John Green pulled off a truly inspiring book that changed the way I think about life. Not only did it reflect the worlds view on cancer, life, death, and love the Fault in Our Stars kept me involved and engaged in.

My Thoughts:

The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books I have ever read. The quality of insight and intelligent structure along with the emotion and feeling that John Green give us is phenomenal. It truly is amazing to get as involved with Hazel and Gus as they go through what some would consider a “worst nightmare”. The book was under no circumstances an “easy read” but that’s what’s great about it Green. He challenges his teen and young adult audience to experience some concepts that may not even be in an adult novel. This is a must read for anyone over 13. It will make you laugh and cry in a stunning manner. I highly recommend it.

Book Reviewed by Erik Nielsen

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