“The Fault In Our Stars” Book Review

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People die. At some time or another, all of us have had a connection to someone who has died or is dying. Not too many people want to read about dying people, and it’s not easy. But sometimes, when books have some reality in them, they become better than the greatest fictions. “The Fault In Our Stars” is a book about two teens, and some of their last thoughts and emotions. Cancer has wormed its way into their lives, and this beautiful, tear wrenching book is not about them trying to find a magic cure. It is a tale of two lovers. Two people who found each other at a time in their lives when they really needed somebody to love.

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. Just writing their names is emotional once you’ve read the book. Hazel is a girl living on borrowed time. She knows it; her parents know it. But somehow, on just another ordinary day, Hazel meets a boy. And my goodness he’s hot too. Augustus Waters, our complicated plot twist enters the scene. Augustus is a cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg, and just as hard to read as binary code, but you’d be hard pressed to find a boy as sweet. Through the book, we see these two characters changing each others lives in ways they thought unimaginable. They are two people deeply in love, and like any good couple, they compliment each other; making the collective, even if their clock is ticking away, a hopeful sight.

In the course of 300 pages, Hazel our narrator, becomes more sensitive to the world she inhabits. The book starts with her going to the dreaded Cancer Kid Support Group. A sort of therapy session, Hazel doesn’t see the point in it. But it is here, in the church basement, where she encounters Augustus Waters. The book has many different details and anomalies, but mainly Hazel and Augustus can be young together, they can make a small life together.

Author John Green has nearly a cult following, and one can easily see why. The story of Hazel and Augustus is amazing, hopeful, and beautiful. And John Green not satisfied with a great story, can also write to meet one. There are some writers who have something great to say and can’t write it. There are some writers who have nothing to say but can write it well. And there are those who can do both. Mr. Green is one of them. John Green keeps you reading not through annoying chapter-ending cliff-hangers, but because you are attached to these characters. Though most of the readers of this book are not teenagers suffering from terminal cancer, we still feel aspects of Hazel and Augustus’s story apply to us. It is something that makes the reader feel so good, and in the end makes “The Fault In Our Stars” that much more bittersweet.
This book is truly one of the best love stories around; unconventional and beautiful because of it. “The Fault In Our Stars” is a good book for anyone who can risk a little to read greatness. And, if you don’t think it’s for you, give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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