BY MOLLY FOSTER – Staff Writer
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the flawless and heart-wrenching story of two teenage cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who are brought together by their unfavorable physical predispositions.
Hazel, the outspoken and perceptive 16-year-old girl suffering with thyroid cancer, reluctantly attends a weekly cancer support group her parents require her to take part in. She despises these gatherings, and rarely participates in their many activities in order to express her disapproval.
However, at one particular session, Hazel crosses paths with a boy by the name of Augustus Waters, who little does she know at the time, will end up impacting her life forever. Hazel and Augustus are instantly smitten with each other, but are faced by the emotional and physical struggles that accompany battling cancer that for quite some time, restrict their newly found friendship from blossoming into something more.
They begin to find closure and comfort within each other, but they also feel a deep-rooted fear of becoming close. Growing up with cancer has planted the thought in the back of their minds that any day may be their last day. Therefore, they are both incredibly cautious about forming relationships because they deal with the constant fear of being a “grenade” that may blow up at any given moment.
Green continues the story by taking the reader on a roller coaster of emotions, provoking both tears of joy and sadness as Hazel and Augustus look past these faults and allow themselves and their relationship to blossom in each others company. Despite the unfortunate medical restrictions that they have grown accustomed to living under, the two still have a zeal for living life and the belief that they will not be labeled and defined by cancer.
Green constructs a faultless equilibrium of romance, tragedy and in spite of it all, hope. Doing so, the reader is left on edge and speechless as he/she anxiously turns the pages.
The Fault in Our Stars is written in such a way that it is relatable, and both beautifully and brutally honest. It is an uplifting novel that not only depicts the life of a cancer patient, but also figuratively illustrates the ups and downs of life in general.
As Green himself writes, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book” (33).
I recommend everyone to read this novel, and become entranced with its “evangelical zeal” that manages to shine through “the shattered world” of Hazel and Augustus; it is a must read.