G: Green, John. Lisa reviews The Fault in Our Stars.
“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….” This quote from The Fault in Our Stars mirrors my feelings about John Green’s novel.
The book focuses on Hazel Lancaster, a 16 year old cancer survivor/patient. She lives her life attached to an oxygen tank and receiving an experimental treatment that has kept her alive since first diagnosed at age 12. Hazel meets Augustus Waters, who is in remission, at a Cancer Support Group. To Hazel’s astonishment, Augustus develops an interest in her. Hazel and Augustus begin a friendship and embark on a voyage of life, death, and love.
One of the strongest aspects of The Fault in Our Stars is the dialogue; it is so beautifully written. Some is pure poetry…literally taken from Emily Dickinson. I confess I wanted to quote practically the whole book.
One can say that being cancer survivors provides Hazel and Augustus with a unique perspective on life. While there is truth to this thought, I never felt that the way they spoke to each other or behaved was anything but genuine to their personalities and reactions to the world. Hazel and Augustus’s introspections and musings will have you re-reading passages.
I indeed loved Hazel, the protagonist of the story, but my heart simply melted for Augustus Waters. Hazel describes Augustus as gorgeous, but he is so much more… from how he treats Hazel to being there for his best friend to the way he embraces the world. And maybe he’s not perfect,but he’s damn close to it.
This book will make you laugh, make your heart beat, and, yes, you’ll cry too. This book broke my heart in the best way possible and I can not recommend reading it enough. Finish or drop what you’re reading now, hit pause on your to read list, and pick up The Fault in Our Stars!