The Novel Fault in our stars written by John Green is one that I truthfully, suggest everyone reads at least once in their lifetime. The book is based around a young girl, named Hazel Grace who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Hazel has been pressured by her mother to attend a weekly support group which she hates going too, as she is surrounded by other cancer patients/survivors and feels that every week its like ground hog day, and the same thing is constantly happening. Hazel changes her mind about support group when she meets a young boy names Augustus Waters who has the same type of humour and personality that she does. Augustus has had osteosarcoma which is a rare form of bone cancer, but was advised he is now all clear and healthy.
From the moment they meet their connection is strong. Augustus makes the first move by inviting Hazel to his house to watch a movie, and from that moment on, the two are pretty much inseparable. The two share a connection that either have ever felt with anyone else before. They understand each others humour and sarcasm and understand how the other feels both going through such difficult times at such young ages. The two bond over Hazels favourite book ‘An Imperial Affliction’ written by the author Peter Van Houten. The two share their thoughts on the book and wonder ‘what happens to the characters after the book had ended’ The two become frustrated that Peter Van Houten did not explain this in the book, so they set off to find the author and get the answers they want, and need. The two become even more inseparable as the book continues and with each page, you witness Hazel and Augustus fall for each other in the most romantic, saddest way possible. What I love about this Novel is the way John Green writes. He doesn’t make the novel about your average ‘love struck’ teenager finding her prince charming, He makes the novel realistic. He makes the characters so realistic and the events in their life realistic, although tragic. In your everyday love story it’s usually about a young, healthy girl falling in love with a young healthy boy and they live happily ever after. With stories being written like this, there are a lot of people in the world who don’t reach for their dreams of it happening to them, as it is a dream that is so unrealistic for them, John Green has done an amazing thing by writing about a young girl, who can’t use her lungs like a healthy teenager can, Can’t do what other teenagers do because of her condition, but makes Hazel, A strong, smart, individual who at the beginning, didn’t let herself dream either, didn’t let herself be too positive, but after meeting Augustus, changes her attitude, and the way she looks at life. The book may be aimed at young adults, but I believe every single person would not only benefit from reading this novel, but enjoy the story. The story of a young girl who had given up on the world and positivity, then meets a young boy, who is much like her but helps her see a new beauty on life. Their friendship that blossoms into a relationship throughout the book is a beautiful process. Reading this novel you will laugh, cry, get frustrated and very emotional, but you will finish reading it, and be glad you ever picked it up.
My Favourite quote from The fault in our stars:
“But I believe in true love, you know? I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.”
I take my hat off to you, John Green.This Novel is a beautiful roller coaster of emotions and life lessons. A must read.
Tegan Audrey X