“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 statement is spoken by Hazel, the cancer-stricken protagonist in John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. While she speaks this line in reference to her favorite book, I could not help but think that it exactly sums up how I feel about this book.
The story follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, whose stage-four thyroid cancer has her connected to an oxygen tank. She attends a weekly “cancer kid support group” and it is there that she meets the handsome Augustus Waters, whose cancer is in remission. They soon become friends, and not long after that, they become more than friends. Together, Hazel and Augustus face the struggles that come with understanding life and death, and being in love in the midst of it all.
While this kind of plot could easily turn into a cheesy romance (Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk To Remember comes to mind), it doesn’t go there. These characters are real, and this story captures all aspects of what it is to be human. If you are looking for a book that is funny, raw, honest and touching, then The Fault In Our Stars is for you.