I knew right away that The Fault in Our Stars would break my heart. By the end of the second chapter, I had already laughed several times and cried. By the end of the novel, I was a sobbing mess of tears.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton Books) tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year old living with Stage IV thyroid cancer that has metastasized in her lungs. Hazel accepts her life and her death. It’s been a sure thing since her diagnosis. But one day at Support Group she meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor with a love of metaphor and a fear of oblivion. As their crossed stars collide, Hazel and Augustus experience “the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”
I present tense love this book. I’ve been a fan of John Green’s writing for a while, but The Fault in Our Stars completely blew me away. It’s funny and honest and absolutely heart-crushing. It is a rare and magical thing when a book can make you both smile and sob; TFIOS is such a book.
The Fault in Our Stars is filled with characters that quickly claim space in your heart. They’re intelligent and hilarious with all their deadpan humour. And Hazel is the most special of them all. She has a very interesting and refreshing view of the world around her. She doesn’t try to ignore cancer, but she does see past it, treating people like people instead of Cancer Patients. I truly admire her honesty.
The Fault in Our Stars is not a book about cancer. It is a story of love, life and death. If I may be so bold as to quote TFIOS, “some infinities are bigger than other infinities” and I can’t say enough how much I loved this 313-page infinity.
This is a very powerful book, one that should be read, and will be read, over and over again. The tragic beauty of The Fault in Our Stars will resonate with you for a long time to come.
UPDATE January 29, 2014: The TFIOS trailer is now available! You can watch it here.