The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a 16 year old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster who meets another cancer patient and love interest named Augustus Waters, or Gus, and they’re trying to find a way to beat their cancers once and for all and helping each other through the pain. Hazel Grace has stage 4 thyroid cancer with a metastasis growing in her lungs, forcing her to keep an oxygen tank on her at all times. The medicine she’s taking allows her to keep living her life with the cancer. She is forced by her parents to go to a support group for cancer patients where she meets her love interest, Gus, and their friend, Isaac. Gus has osteosarcoma, which caused him to lose his leg. Isaac has an eye cancer known as retinoblastoma, causing him to lose both eyes and have glass eyes to replace them. Hazel Grace and Gus soon start to fall in love with each other and keep each other’s spirits up while trying to defeat cancer. They fly to the Netherlands together with Augustus’ wish from Make-A-Wish and get to go on vacation together. They get to spend every moment together with their limited time because of cancer and they try to make the best of everything despite the circumstances they’re in. As much as they try, one of them finds out their cancer is definitely going to kill them and they spend the rest of their time left together trying to be as happy as they can be.
The way Green wrote this book is fairly easy to understand. Everything flows together beautifully and its obvious Green did his research on all the different types of cancers before writing this book to make it as realistic as possible. It would be helpful to know before reading this book that there’s a movie version of it so one should read the book before watching the movie. While reading this book, it feels like the reader is friends with Hazel and Gus and is watching their dear friends go through this struggle. This is a great read for anyone between the ages of 14-16 and anyone who likes a good love story. This book is a great book and it’s worth having in this library. Christina D.; Teen Reviewer