“The Fault in Our Stars” is a unique story about 16-year-old Hazel Grace and her romance with Augustus Waters. However, this is not your typical love story since both Hazel and Augustus have cancer. Now you may be thinking, this book sounds awfully depressing, but don’t turn away just yet.
Despite my initial hesitation to read this novel, by the end I was buying a hardcopy to put on my bookshelf instead of just having it on my Kindle. Hazel has stage four Thyroid cancer, and Augustus is an ex-basketball star who lost his leg to a form of cancer called osteosarcoma. Hazel is forced by her parents to go to a teen support group, where she meets Augustus.
The story unfolds and Hazel and Augustus find themselves in a romance that Green wrote wonderfully. In the beginning of the book, Hazel tells readers this is not a book about cancer, and instead readers are drawn to the bigger picture. Hazel’s favorite book is “An Imperial Affliction” and she convinces Augustus to read it. The two become mutually obsessed with the book and Augustus is able to take Hazel to Amsterdam, Netherlands to meet the author and the trip leads to several adventures.
Readers will follow Hazel and Augustus through their romance and struggles, and find themselves unable to put the book down. Although this book came out almost a year ago, it has recently become very popular, and will soon be made into a movie. The book was suggested to me over the summer as a “must read” and critics have had nothing but positive responses.
I highly recommend “The Fault in Our Stars”. It was refreshing to read a good book, and although it is categorized for Young Adult, I think anyone can take something away from this its story. The message is inspiring and Green leaves a lot of parts up for interpretation.