John Green, a man who managed to catch my interest with his first vlogbrothers video so many years ago. Not only has he become a successful internet celebrity, but he has also become quite the author. Years ago I read “Looking for Alaska” and knew that John Green has set out to break a few hearts. At the time, it was not only the story that drew me the John Green, but the style in which he wrote it. He manages to use great skill when crafting his sentences, it is rare today that a book makes me stop and say a sentence out loud so that I can fully appreciate the words coming through a page.
In other words, the man has a gift.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a beautiful addition to a, hopefully growing, collection of novels. It is about a girl named Hazel, who has been fighting stage IV cancer long after she was supposed to have bit the big one. I only refer to it this way because Hazel would appreciate the sentiment. Throughout the novel, her mother continues to encourage her to live her life and get out of the house; at some point forcing her to go to a support group for people battling cancer. There she communicates in sighs with her friend Isaac, and meets Augustus Waters. Augustus is an intelligent boy who thinks about the world in beautifully planned poetic phrases. Nothing is what it seems.
After that introduction most of you must be thinking the same thing, “Oh no, a cancer book… my soul hurts.” Of course, the book involves cancer but it isn’t just a ‘cancer book’, in fact I wouldn’t want to classify it as such. It’s a book about life, living, loving, and not hiding away because life will end. It’s about chasing dreams and knowing that they probably won’t turn out the way you expect them to turn out; sometimes for the better and sometimes much, much worse.
I won’t completely summarize the plot since I’d like some wonder to remain in the book if you haven’t read it yet, but I do want to give you a full idea of what you are going to deal with if you don’t mind the book being spoiled. So I warn you, don’t read the rest of this review if you would like a surprise. We find out halfway through the book the story of Augustus Waters. He tells Hazel that after being in remission for a year his cancer has spread and by the look of it he’s not going to make it. It’s made even sadder since Hazel really, truly, falls in love with the boy after she finds all this out.
The only real negative I would say about the book is that I could tell Augustus would be the one to die from the very beginning. It was either the fact that it was told from Hazel’s point of view or from what I know about how John Green’s plot lines tend to go. My guesses about the plot didn’t make a difference to me in the long run though. He brings such life to the types of characters we tend to shy away from because they are, in Hazel’s words, “a loaded grenade”. How he manages to write lines such as, “my thoughts are stars that I can’t fathom into constellations” and make them sound normal instead of corny will always be beyond me. There is little more that I can say about “The Fault in Our Stars” except that it is a book that makes life sparkle just a little bit more.