I have read almost all of John Green’s novels (I started with Looking for Alaska). So I finally decided to read The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve been putting off reading this book because I felt that I was not ready to read it yet. So after much thought, I finally bought my own copy of the book and read it.
The book revolved around Hazel, who was diagnosed with cancer, who was very reluctant to attend support group. Her mom pushed her to attend it and she soon met a young man named Augustus, who had a rare form of bone cancer but was declared to be cancer free.
Soon, they got to know each other better and started to become more than just friends. Augustus even gave up his “wish” to fulfill Hazel’s dream of meeting the author of her favorite book in Amsterdam. Everything seemed well until Augustus shared with Hazel the truth. The events that follow were both heartbreaking and eye opening.
I found myself laughing and crying as I read the book. It was very eye opening for me, especially because of the characters. Though they are not perfect characters, they act very mature for their age. This is probably because they are aware that they are living a borrowed life and they have experienced pain beyond their age. They have been exposed to not just physical pain but also a roller coaster of pain, the thought of having cancer and not surviving it, the pain of seeing their loved ones suffer because of the pain that their sickness have inflicted, and the pain of not being able to do something about it.
I highly recommend this book, and I do hope that people will read it before the movie trailer will be released.