Book Review: “The Fault in Our Stars”

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Book Review: “The Fault in Our Stars”

Hunter Brown, Staff Writer

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Grade: 7/10

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world … but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

Cancer, the appalling disease that doesn’t care who its victims are. Indiscriminate of who it chooses to possess, cancer is something that feeds of the unhappiness of its sufferer. It swallows their emotions, soaks them in a venomous pain that is contagious to everyone around them, and spits them out onto a chemo clinic that eats them away day-by-day. But Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, John Green’s courageous main characters, won’t fall victim of this disease, they are better than that, and they can know it.

Hazel Lancaster, our main character, is a 16-year-old girl who has been placed in a Cancer Kid Support Group while she is recovering from osteosarcoma. During a meeting at the support group, Hazel meets a young man, Augustus Waters, who is a survivor of cancer but lost his right leg in the process. He is drawn to her from first sight, which initially makes Hazel uncomfortable as he pulls sappy moves on her, including one where he takes a cigarette out and sticks it in his mouth. Hazel replies with anger, but Augustus tells her that it is a metaphor, and that he never lights it.

“You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

Our two main characters ride life’s roller coaster together for a couple weeks as in a short span of time they fly to Amsterdam and walk around in Anne Frank’s house, confront their favorite author and call him a drunk, read elegies meant for close people, and feed off each other’s happiness. Just as the cancer does, they are one another’s cancer. Without the other, one slowly dies off, because the happiness fades, and we see that with the connection between Green’s characters. We get a glimpse of what life may be like for two cancer sufferers just wanting to make it out not just alive, but with each other.

John Green’s #1 New York Times Bestseller speaks to us all in this book that connects family, isolation, love, and courage in one melting pot mixed with our tears. Green’s book has also been adapted into a 2014 film starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the main characters that won over 20 awards for its excellence and was compared to love stories such as Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” and Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”